Review: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

4.5 Stars

I really love this book! It was so funny and bittersweet and different that I wanted to do something different for it. So here it goes….

Ten Things I Loved (and you will love too)
1. Mermaid impressions while drunk.
2. Best friends who will lie to your parents for you.
3. Paying in installments.
4. The Hula.
5. Brothers. Especially ones named Hudson and Dean.
6. Donut.
7. Babysitters with model good looks.
8. Lightning.
9. Authors who write about birth control options in their books.
10. Authors who write about the possible consequences of having unprotected sex into their books.

Ten Things I Didn’t Love (and wanted to punch in the face)*
1. People who find your friends obnoxious.
2. People who are so insecure they have to hook up with somebody because they think you might be doing it too.
3. People who get overwhelmed by the possibility of meaning so much to somebody they end up letting things happen at a beach with someone else.
4. People who have to be reminded when Valentine’s Day is.
5. People who aren’t good enough sports to participate in demeaning boy pageants at parties.
6. People who are insecure and accuse you of flirting.
7. People who are jealous and call you a slut.
8. People who lie.
9. People who give you The Chlam.
10. People named Noah.

*Disclaimer: I don’t really consider this list spoilery because I had a bad feeling about said People, person, whatever, throughout the whole book and think that if you read it, you’d agree with me on this. If you feel I’ve ruined this book for you in any way, please accept my most sincere apologies. :)

Book Info

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 368
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

24 Responses to “Review: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski”

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    Lisa Austin

    YES! I wanted to punch Noah about halfway through the book. That feeling stayed with me through the remainder of the book.

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    YA Crush

    Jess this review is seriously awesome.  I love it. Both lists are perfect.  Also, I got mad at myself because I started out liking Noah until it was completely impossible to do anything except hate him. 

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    Colleen @ Les Livres

    Okay, the title of this book and the cover didn’t really have me interested (I don’t usually read much chick-lit/teen chick-lit type books, and that’s the impression I got from the cover).

    But your review has me sold. haha. I’m a sucker for lists! Good ol’ OCD. Adding this to my wishlist!

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      haha, I just finished reading this book and OMG!! I couldn’t put it down, and Jess I totally agree about Noah, he is a “douche”

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    I had this weird feeling throughout the whole second half of the  book about Noah. I thought he was acting strange and I definitely wanted to flip to the end to see whats up!!! But it really is a great read and, Jess, Your lists really tell the total truth about this book!!! I Really enjoy this author and If anyone knows any other good books by Sarah Mlynowski then please recommend!!~

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