Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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

Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Expected publication: June 7th 2011 by HarperTeen

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."

Thoughts:Absolutely hilarious. Sarah Mlynowski does it again, spinning a brilliant story about all the crazy things that can happen if you just take your parents and any parental figures out of the picture. I laughed. I cried (due to laughing so hard). I fell in love. Then I laughed some more.

Ten Things We Did is simply a quick, fun novel that you pick up when you need a good laugh or an escape from reality. Each chapter breaks down the ten things April and her friends really shouldn't have done while their parents were out of town. Some of the stunts are rather crazy, out there, and yes, unbelievable, but that's just what makes this book so fantabulous. They're things other people wouldn't have come up with. The creativity, plus uniqueness behind the book is what makes it so special.

While I adored almost every character in this book, one of my absolute favorite characters is Vi. She is April's best friend and is just doll. She's honest, smart, upfront and not afraid to be who she is. She tries to protect April as much as possible, but sometimes that can blow up in your face. And at one point in the book, it does.

Ten Things We Did isn't all fun and games. There will be scenes that might break your heart, mixed in with a little bit of teen angst and topped off with a teaspoon of family dilemmas. Instead of all these things taking away from the story, it actually makes it that much more charming. Ten Things We Did also touches some serious issues such as the consequences of having unprotected sex. While it's a bit of a controversial subject, it's still something that needs to be addressed, especially to teens.

Now, onto swoon-worthy boys. I have to say that I'm definitely a Hudson fan. Not only is he funny, he's an overall good guy.. I love that Hudson is the person everyone goes to when they need money, but at the same time, no one knows where he gets all his money from. The mystery is both funny and alluring. For some reason, Noah (April's boyfriend) never appealed to me, but Hudson? He had me at Never Have I Ever.

All in all, I highly recommend checking out Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have). It's a great summer read, especially if you're planning on spending any time by the pool or on the beach. Due to the sexual nature of this book, I would recommend this for older teens (15+). After reading this novel, I'm definitely checking out Sarah Mlynowski's other books. If they're half as good as this one, then it must be made of win!

Rating: 4/5

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  1. I can't wait to read this one !! I've only read positive reviews on it so far .. It sounds like a cte and fun read !! Thanks for the review Lena ;)

  2. Awesome review! I looooved Hudson, he was such a great guy and the whole thing was just hilarious. Loved it too! =D

  3. I loved Hudson too (although I wish there had been more of him) and I agree that this would be a great summer read-so breezy and fast-paced.

  4. @Elodie- It's great. I'm sure you'll fall in love with it like I did.

    @Cynthia and Bookworm- <3 Hudson <3

  5. This review makes me want the book even more! The comment about Hudson having money but that nobody knows where its from made me laugh! Oh, I want this book!

  6. I've been hearing so much good things about this one and it does look so cute! I think I will have fun reading this :)

  7. I've been debating on whether to read this or not!!! I think I'm going to go ahead and add it to my TBR!!!


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