Friday, September 23, 2011

Book Review - Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Published: June 7, 2011

Amazon 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:
If I had read this book when I was a teenager...Hmmm maybe even 5 years ago I would have completely loved it. This book is every teenagers dream. No parents around....Parties whenever you want....Money in your bank account and your boyfriend can sleep over all the time! What teen wouldn't love that? I had high expectations for this book, however I was slightly disappointed.

The way they manage to pull off the no-parents-thing is based around fake emails between Vi's (April's roommate) Mom and April's Dad. They set up fake email accounts for each of them. I thought that part was hilarious, it sounded like something I would have done in high school.  The emails were some of my favorite parts in the book.  Also, I loved the party scenes at her house. They were lots of fun to read about! 

While for the most part the book was fun and light-hearted there was an oh-so-incredibly-predictable relationship between April and Noah. I wanted to shake April when Noah was being so...I don't know....STUPID?! He was so irritating and...cold...and just not what you would expect a boyfriend to act like. ESPECIALLY a boyfriend whose girlfriend had her own place.

There was a lot of talk about virginity, sex, birth control etc. in this book which is fine. Any houseful of teenagers void of any parental supervision is more than likely going to have lots of sexy time going on. But really, the turn she took with it was again very cliche. I didn't understand what message the author was getting across. The last chapter/epilogue kinda made me go HUH? Isn't that just the opposite of what the whole point of the book was? I can't really explain it. Too spoilery.

I think Ten Things is a great high school read/ early twenties read. Not a clean read by any means, so if drinking and sex offends you then this isn't the book for you. If you want a purely fun novel and you don't want to dwell on any hidden meanings or "the moral behind the story" read this one.  (Also - STAND ALONE FOR THE WIN! Finally, I read something that was NOT part of a series!)

Judge a Book By It's Cover: Cutsie cover to match a cutsie book.


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*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the Publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I've been "warned" about the "no parents" card in the book. I don't know if I'll like it but I plan to read it...someday. I mean, I have it but seeing the "ehh" reviews keeps pushing it down the TBR pile. Sounds like a crazy-fun read, though.

  2. I actually really, really wanted to read this book, just because of the adorable cover. After reading your review, I'm a a bit hesitant. I don't really like books where the male lead is cold or a jerk and the whole book seems a little silly. But I might pick it up; who knows? Thanks for the great review!

  3. I've heard good things and bad things about this book. I think it is nice that birth control is at least being discussed in the book. So many novels for young adult readers either have no sex which isn't realistic or unsafe sex.

    Wow, a stand alone book?!?!?! I didn't think they made those anymore!