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

Author: Sarah Mlynowski [Website]

Published: June 2011 by HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Source: Bought used





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.


Cover Art: Not a huge fan of people on covers.


In a sentence: fun, mindless, light read.

I didn’t particularly dislike the book, nor did I particularly love it. The characters were okay, the story was okay, and the pacing was… okay. Overall there wasn’t really anything unique or capturing about the novel. No real love for many of the main characters. They were typical teenagers, and although they were somewhat realistic, I found them quite annoying at times (maybe the realism is why I found them annoying; no offence intended to teens reading this). The only character I suppose I liked from the book was Hudson – nice, mysterious, quiet guy.

The plot is relatively simple and stays simple throughout the story. I found there wasn’t really a point in the story where things picked up and happenings started happening unexpectedly. We get glimpses into the main character’s past through flashbacks, but I found these too short or irrelevant most of the time. The book was too long and by at least the halfway mark, I found I was just reading it so I could see what happens in the end.

The concept of the story was definitely unique and for that, I’m glad I picked it up. Overall good book, but not amazing.

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