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)Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: June 7, 2011
Pages: 368
Series: None
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.

This is another book I decided to pick up during HarperTeen's eBook sale. I was in the mood for a contemporary book, and so I launched into this one very quickly. I went in expecting a quick read without much of a plot. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that as well as having a great teenage growing up story, it also had some depth in both the plot and characters. The reason I found depth in the characters and plot was because not only did the characters have the freedom of parents, but they also learned the consequences of choices. They didn't simply get everything they wanted without having some drawbacks, increasing the amount this book could be related to. I loved the cover on this book, it tells you that there is a romantic aspect of this book, as well as the mischief involved as shown by the model's smile. The only thing I did not find attractive in this book was the love triangle going with the boy that had barely been in the book. Altogether this was a book I would recommend to anyone who wants a contemporary book with a bit of depth to it. I give Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) a 4/5.

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  1. Great post! I will be reading this sometime soon!


  2. Hmmm, I don't normally read a lot of contemp YA, but this one sounds pretty good. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. No problem, this was one of my favorite contemps, but I don't read a lot of them either.

    2. I am the contemporary whore. I will never say no to it;D my favorite genre!

      Racquel @ The Book Barbies
      -thank you&come again.

    3. Haha, I've been getting more into it lately :) My favorite is for sure dystopian :)

  3. I also really enjoyed this book & I'm glad you did too:D While this was a fun/hilarious read, I also love how it did have depth past just mindless fun. It's definitely worth .99 cents you got it (and $11 on my part :p) that we paid for!

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies
    -thank you&come again.

    1. Yeah, I was thrilled that I got it for so cheap :) Glad you enjoyed it!


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