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

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

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by Sarah Mlynowski

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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


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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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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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
HL410L (what's this?)
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14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 More than 1 year ago
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?
meemee98 More than 1 year ago
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
laura24 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was instantly immersed into this fantastic, believably written story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. Hard to put down and it had a great ending. Good read overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutley AMAZING! I usually never do these review type things but for this book it was an absolute MUST. I really wish there was a sequel or more books like this one:( i read in practically one day, i was obsessed! I honestly think i could read it again! DEFINATLY RECOMMEND!!!!!! (Teen girls mostly)
lizzielyle More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest book I have ever read. I really loved it so much. :) Read itttt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing!! Thedetails really draws you so into the book that you think you are thrre with april and noah and vi and marissa and lucy and all of the characters in this book: you will feel like you are part of the irresponsible things that these kids take part of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book for teen girls. Once you start you can't stop. It is an adorable, inspiring, romantic, funny, shocking, and all out good book. I would recommend it to girls 12-17. This book will keep you interested and happy. Read it or you will regret it. I give it 4.9 stars
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I really liked Ten Things We Did. It was a very nice contemporary that focuses on a girl who hasn't truly come to terms with her parents divorce and is trying to learn the responsibilities of being on her own. The pace of the story was really nice, there was never a dull moment through out the whole book. Even the beginning hooks you in and keeps your reading. I loved April's character and think she was a great main character. I recommend this book to all those who love a nice YA contemporary every now and then. I own two other books by Sarah and I cannot wait to get to those as well =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this. Every emotion the author tried replicating, i picked up. I felt anxious and sad, in love and betrayed. This was one of the best teen books ive read. I recommend this book not only to teens, but adults as well. Truly heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time!
Justinexoxo More than 1 year ago
It was good but insanely dramatic. If you are looking for a dramatic teen book, go for this one. It was just okay for me. But definitely not boring :)
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I always like Sarah's books and this one did not disappoint. April and Vi are two best friends and have been there for each other for so many family dramas. It makes sense that April leans on Vi when her father and step mom suddenly jet off to Cleveland. April does not want to leave her friends, her school, but mainly her boyfriend Noah. After convincing her father that she would be okay(with the help of a fake email address to Vi's mother) they embark on the struggles and issues the come with life without the parents. What happens is at times touching, at times laugh out loud funny. But they both learn about responsibility, friendship and trusting those around you, and in some cases, loosing that trust. I hate to say, but the times where April is with her friend Hudson, shes alot more flirty and fun. Even though there are some wild parties, underage drinking, and of course the sex part, its not over the top, and its all kept in the context of showing a bigger lesson. Its for that reason that I think that this is a must read in my book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was kinda bad for kids to read, but it was a very good one. It was only .99 cents too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Alex Ferris More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was edgey and interesting a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I finished in in about a day and thought it was an Enjoyable read. The one thing I found to be a bit negative was her obsession over sex, I dont have a problem with that topic in a book, but I thought that it was a slight obsession from the main character. The book was good, with little plot twists here and there, and I would reccomend this to any teen who is lookig for a fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, i was sad when it ended.