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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With wit, energy, and an uncanny understanding of teenage logic, Mlynowski (Gimme a Call) weighs the pros and cons of independence in this modern cautionary tale. April is thrilled when her father agrees to let her stay at her friend Vi's house while he and his new wife move from Connecticut to Ohio. There's just one little detail that April manages to keep secret: Vi's mother will be away, so there will be no adult supervision. Soon April is living a 16-year-old's dream: "House on the beach. No Parents. Parties whenever we wanted. Boyfriends whenever we wanted." But it doesn't take her long to discover that the price of freedom (both literally and figuratively) may be higher than she's willing to pay. Even though the message about growing up too quickly comes through loud and clear, Mlynowski avoids sermonizing, offering 10 madcap and remarkably tense escapades that will have readers laughing, cringing, and guessing how April will get out of the next pickle. Like all good things, April's freedom party must come to an end, but the way it does so will surprise. Ages 14–up. (June)
VOYA - Mirta Espinola
In Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn't Have, April's world is turned inside out once again when her father informs her that he and his wife, Penny, will be moving to Ohio for a new job. April feels the waves crashing down all over again as she painfully reminisces about her parents' divorce. With very little time to think, she pleads her case to live with her friend Vi to finish out the school year. After careful consideration, her father decides to allow her to do so. With a monthly allowance, a vow to keep her grades up, and a car for transportation, she moves in with Vi. Unbeknownst to April's father, Vi's mother has left to tour with a theatre production in Chicago. The girls are left to fend for themselves, push the limits of freedom, and incur a bumpy road of mishaps along the way. They are joined by neighbor, Lucy, and best friend, Marissa, and these four girls learn a lot about life, love, and making choices that can result in serious repercussions. Author of Bras and Broomsticks (Delacorte, 2005/VOYA February 2005), Mlynowski delivers another attention-grabbing novel that will undoubtedly entice young adults to read this tale about complex friendships and family relationships. Mlynowski is authentic in her writing as she draws the readers into a story, unraveling tidbits of the main character's backstory, adding depth to an already appealing character. This story leaves the audience wanting more of April and her friends. No follow-up to this book has been reported, but it would be a welcome treat for fans of Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn't Have. Reviewer: Mirta Espinola
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—While in bed with a boy, April, 16, wakes up to her cell phone ringing. She's busted as she hears her dad say, "We're almost to your place." Her father and his wife moved to Cleveland, allowing April to stay in Connecticut to finish her junior year. Supposedly she is staying with her friend, Vi, and her mother; however, Vi's mother is working on Broadway, leaving the girls alone. The teens create fake email addresses for the parents, who never meet, to communicate. This is only the beginning of the shenanigans. While alone, the girls spend money frivolously, have wild parties with alcohol, and lose their virginity. While their behavior might be typical of irresponsible teens who lack parental supervision, the adults in this novel are portrayed as beyond naïve. The author makes a case for teens using birth control before having sex, and no one drinks and drives, but other bad choices are made while under the influence. Mlynowski has made an attempt to explain April's behavior by relaying short flashbacks. At times they interrupt the flow of the story. At the end of the novel, readers hope that the protagonist has grown from her experiences, but it is hard to tell how much she has been influenced. While adults may cringe, teens will be engrossed.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Kirkus Reviews

A teenager discovers independence isn't all it's cracked up to be.

When her self-involved parents split up and leave town, 16-year-old April maneuvers to stay behind in her hometown of Westport, Conn., with her friend Vi, whose mother is always on the road for work. With little preparation, she is thrown abruptly into the adult world of housekeeping and money management, with predictably disastrous results. April gets everything she thinks she wants well before she's actually able to handle it. As the title implies, April makes a series of poor decisions she eventually regrets when she finds herself mired in the consequences of her choices. Mlynowski deals sensitively with the pitfalls of adolescence—self-esteem, sex, drinking—with fluid prose and judicious use of profanity, giving her characters credibility without making the dialogue sound forced. Her pitch-perfect rendering of the utter self-centeredness of the teen experience makes April's gradual awakening feel genuine. While chick-lit, this is far more thoughtful and funny than such standards as Gossip Girl or The A-List.

Teen readers will respond to this entirely believable heroine as she navigates an at-times unbelievable situation. (Chick-lit. 14 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061701245
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 156,827
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski has written four novels for teens (Bras & Broomsticks, Frogs & French Kisses, Spells & Sleeping Bags, and Parties & Potions) and six books for adults. She has taken many road trips and gotten lost on every one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! <3

    I just bought this book and I loved it! I could not put it down! It is made for teenage girls and also teaches girls multiple lessons about first love, responsibility, and trust in those around you. It's also hilarious! I loved this book to death and I HIGHLY recommend this book(: PS: sequel please?

    104 out of 108 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    A definite MUST read .

    well gosh i have to say i fell in love with this book , there were nights when id lay in bed reading an randomly start cracking up . alot people said that you shuld be like 15 to read this buh im 13 an i read it an i got the concept an lesson . i know this book is amazing bcuz even my friend culdnt put the book down from reading an shes never finished a book in her life .
    april an vi (main characters) remind me sososo much of me an my friend , im guessing thats why i liked it so much .
    soooo im just suggesting that you read it bcuz ull most likely like it as much as i did . :D

    54 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I loved this book. I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, believably written story.

    36 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    By far one of the BEST!!!!!!!

    Definitly a book appropriate for high school students. At least avbove the age of 15. This book tells teens to be careful what you wish for. And some of the thimgs you may think you want now,may not be the things you want later down the road. Make smart choices, and wise ones as well. I wish this book kept going. The way it ended was a great way to end the book, but i did not want this book to end. I recommend this to all teens intrested in reading a good book. This is definitly a hard book to put dowm!!!! :)

    30 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Absoultly AMAZING!

    So, SOO good! It had me laughing AND crying, and when I finished it, it left me wanting more. I literally did not put this book down, I read the whole thing in the course of one night. You can learn so many life lessons from this book it's not even funny. It's oriented towards the teen girl, and I have to say, the average teen girl will LOVE this!

    Amazingly well written, YOU MUST MAKE A SEQUEL!!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Fantastic!


    I just bought this book last night around 10 and i couldnt put it down until almost 5 o clock in the morning. Before i bought this book a lot of people suggested it for people around the age of 16. I completely and honestly think it just depends on your personality because i am 12 and i fell in love with this novel immediately. All of the characters definately click and the author deffinately showed examples of great friendships and complicated relationships. April and Hudson are deffinately compatable, but the bond she had with Noah was incredible. I know he lied to April but their relationship wouldve been like a fairy tale if he just would have told the truth. I know if i were April i wouldve made the same decision she did but this novel deffinately makes me want more. I want to find out what comes next and i hope for a sequel or two. This book was most deffinately worth all of the money and worthy of all 5 stars.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!

    I had a hard time putting the book down, hence why um writing this at 1:17 am on a school night. It was just that great the adventure the way i wanted to know April ended up with and what was gioing on with akk the characters. I love hiw the characters were developed the message given off by the book the romance althought it wasnt the center of the book. It has given me the courage to face the new changes in my life.
    Fantasic book. You should read it :)

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    & I told myself I wouldn't write reviews..

    Well, this is the exception to my rule. I truly do not write reviews, so thay should tell you how extraordinary this nook was, is. I really loved it and felt truly close to the characters. I gave it only a four because it was a very quick read, but one you can't put down for sure. But hey, it's less than a dollar so I can hardly complain. Go ahead, read amd enjoy! Definitrly a book for teenage girls like myself. Mature themes but not graphic! :)

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    YES. :)

    This is the funniest book I have ever read. I really loved it so much. :) Read itttt.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Amazing book!

    This book was very good. Hard to put down and it had a great ending. Good read overall.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Definetly worth the read

    This novel is a wonderful read, though at times it is at times unbelievable. But if I was asked to read it again, I definately would. So many unexpected things happened throught the story, that it really keeps you on your toes as you read it. The main character is also very easy to relate to, if you are a teenage girl. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did!! :)

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Girl-of-myth

    Definately for older high school. April goes through some very tough times, and even I (a senior) found them to be a bit much. I liked it a whole lot, though!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    this book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant get over how good it was. It teaches life lessons and is an amazing story about friends and romance. I recommend that u be13 to read this book, 12 at the least.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Best book you will ever read!

    I could not put this book down! And i am a slow reader, it takes a lot to get me into a book, and even then i sometimes take a while to read. It only took me a day to read! I spent all day with my nook in hand reading this amazing book. By far the best i have ever read. I even grew attatched to the characters. It was hilariois, touching, a lesson learner, and overall awesome. I would truly reccomend this book. This is my favorite book by a long shot. I never wanted it to end. IT WAS AMAZING (:

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Pretty good

    This book was kinda bad for kids to read, but it was a very good one. It was only .99 cents too!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    weird

    i was reading the sample and it was not appropreit u know what i mean but still i was only 15 pages in NOT GOOD do not get this book til ur a teen

    6 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Amazing book!

    I loved this book it was edgey and interesting a great read!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Boo

    This book was unrealistic making it completely difficult to relate to . I'm an 18 female, and found some of the chapters or situations in the book strange and i was overall extremely disappointed with this book from beginning to end.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Yuck

    He looks like justin bieber

    That is so gross

    4 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Naw

    Ok so i bought this book thinking it was going to be awesome and all about the hangover, but it wasnt. At all. Just about april and her life being spent living with a friend at age sixteen and having sex with her boyfriend who is oviously a douc**** and is cheating on her. Also, she is being obiously stupid throughout the whole story. It did entertain me at times like the Hudson parts but other wise, too much drama. I mean, just talk to your mom alredy and break up with that t*** and just move on with your life. I mean, hello!hot boy hitting on you, who at the moment makes you feel better then how your boyfriend is treating you so.... duh! Plus, just get over your control-freak 'friends'. Other than that and my obvious hatered to her actions, i kinda, in a way actually enjoyed this book. At some part i was like"really?!" And i hated it and other parts i was like ' understandable actions she is doing right then' but otherwise, i would deifineatly give this book a two:( wish i didnt have to but......

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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