Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mylnowski

Summary: 2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.
In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.
Review: This book was better than I expected it to be! Okay to start off, I don't usually go for books like this. I only started to really get in to chick lit/contemporary YA books after reading Anna and The French Kiss. Back to this book though. I loved it!
To sum up this book, April is a girl who is living with her Dad in Westport. Since her Dad got a new and "better" job, they are moving to Cleveland. April is opposed to this and makes it clear to her Dad that she does not want to move. She does not want to leave behind her life here with her boyfriend, Noah and her friends Vi and Marissa. Suddenly, April comes up with a brilliant plan. She decides to move in with her best friend Vi. After lying about a few things, about ten to be exact, her Dad lets her move in with Vi. And then her adventures start to unfold. 

The characters for the most part were good. Each of them were interesting. I don't know why but I really liked Vi and Dean's playful kind of relationship. During the whole book I wished that one day I could do what April was doing. (cough Char and Kim cough). It sounds like so much fun! I would never be able to pull it off as great as they did though. 

I loved the way this book was written as well. I don't know how to describe it but there were some flashbacks but it actually made the book better in a way. Believe it or not, towards the middle and end of this book I was actually surprised. This book has everything you would want in a contemporary young adult book. 


  1. Hi Charissa,
    After reading your review, I've request an extract from Amazon to read the first chapter. Sounds good!
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Sounds like a great read, glad you enjoyed it!
    New follower!


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