Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review: Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Published: HarperTeen (June 7, 2011)
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: Jamie sent me an ARC and Anna got me a signed copy!
GoodReads 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.

My Thoughts: Have you ever merely read the first five pages of a book, a shizz-eating grin already spread wide across your face, and thought to yourself, "this book is going to make my face fall off from the laughter and general kickassness?" And then make a vow to yourself to hunt down everything this author has written?

I'd have to say that's exactly what happened with Ten Things. Seriously. Anna has it chronicled in her review of this very book.

April is hands down one of the freshest MCs I've read about in a hot minute. She's so...REAL. My favorite thing about this entire novel is that Sarah Mlynowski depicts teen life so accurately (at least to me). There's the drinking, the crushes, the partying, and she does so in a way that is not at all over-the-top or "stretching the truth." These things happen. (Not to mention she tackles some VERY touchy subjects. You'll see.)

And I've formed a fierce connection with a cat named Donut. I've only ever felt this way about one other literary animal, and that's the camel from Lucy Christopher's Stolen. Donut is my absolute favorite character in the entire book and almost caused me to cry JUST A LITTLE BIT.

Read this book, if only to meet Hudson. The older, cat-loving, completely supportive and understanding cute boy who is totally not a doucher. The book is easy to read, unputdownable, and I love that the chapters list all the things that April and her friends should not have done. But you know they did them anyway. What fun would it be if they didn't, right?

Sarah Mlynowski, ILU.


  1. I ADORED this book too! It was awesome and very hard to put down!

  2. Yay! So glad you liked it. I still want to punch Noah!
    I agree about Donut...and Hudson. :) I loved him from the first moment. And don't forget about Hula! Lots of fun time with Hula.

  3. I've been wanting to read this! I liked Gimme a Call, and this looked even better.

    I've loved a few literary animals. Hedwig, Pig, and Crookshanks, obviously, but also Bendelomena (sp?) from Audrey, Wait!

  4. Love this book. Love Sarah. Loved loved loved reading it along with you. Such fun convos :)

  5. Oooooh! Everyone seems to seriously adore this book. Must get on that...

  6. You knowww how much I loved this one! Totally brought the LOLS!

  7. i loved how subtle the Hudson stuff was - that hit just right. LOVED THIS.

  8. I have got to read this book soon! Your and Anna's reviews are both convincing me to read it and I don't know why it's still sitting on my shelf. School has taken over my life but I hope to get back to reading soon and Ten Things will definitely be at the top of my list. :)

  9. YES. Loved this one.

    I'm not even a cat person but Donut almost made me cry when... you know. Then there was Hudson and Lucy (LOL) and just so much love for this book in general <3 I think Sarah Mlynowski is actually a teenager in disguise.

  10. This one is sitting in my pile right now just waiting to be read. Maybe I'll pick it up after I finish my current read :]

  11. Great review! I really want to read this one - it sounds like so much fun!

  12. Girl just you wait until you meet Manchee in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Best literary animal I've ever met. EVER.

    Also thank you for sending this book to me! You will be the first to know my thoughts as soon as I read it!

    PS - there are currently fourteen 16 y/o boys taking over my house this weekend (and no, before you ask I am NOT sleeping at my house), and this was one of the only two spines/covers I actually had to shift around so THEY WOULD NOT SEE IT AND JUDGE ME.

  13. This one looks like so much fun that I will absolutely not be able to resist.

  14. Owning a hot tub is a good choice. Not only you will have an affordable alternative to a swimming pool, but you will get the benefits of hydrotherapy, as well.