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

71%

42 Critic Reviews

From buying a used hot tub to throwing the party of the year, the 10 things April and Vi do will leave readers satisfied and wanting more.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Sarah Mlynowski

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Sarah Mlynowski was born on January 4, 1977 in Montreal, Canada. She attended McGill University where she graduated with a degree in English Literature. She later moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. She used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun. She now writes full-time and her other works include Fishbowl, Monkey Business, Me Vs. Me, and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have). She also writes the Magic in Manhattan series.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperTeen. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Ten Things We Did
All: 42 | Positive: 35 | Negative: 7

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 09 2011

Like all good things, April's freedom party must come to an end, but the way it does so will surprise.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Chevreau on Jul 01 2011

From buying a used hot tub to throwing the party of the year, the 10 things April and Vi do will leave readers satisfied and wanting more.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Helen Chevreau on Jul 01 2011

From buying a used hot tub to throwing the party of the year, the 10 things April and Vi do will leave readers satisfied and wanting more.

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Good
Reviewed by Amyer on Jan 01 2012

This story has a lot of great morals and will teach teens that everything you do has its consequences.

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Mermaid Vision Books

Below average
Reviewed by Angel on Oct 11 2011

I enjoyed this book, but I think I might be too old to find it really believable.

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Reading Teen

Below average
Reviewed by Janeth on Jan 02 2012

I couldn't decide if the story was supposed to be a lighthearted tale of teen romance or a sadly serious story of a young girl who desperately wanted to feel the love and structure of a stable family.  

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The Book Barbies

Good
Reviewed by Racquel on Nov 14 2011

I finished this book in one day, it's a great pick-me-up.

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The Bawdy Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Feb 17 2012

Pretty unbelievable no matter how slick kids try to be.

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YA Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Kiona on Oct 15 2011

If you want something with a little more substance, I’d suggest you keep looking.

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Books with Bite

Good
Reviewed by Savy on Jul 08 2011

I think this a great book about growing up and learning things the hard way.

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Confessions of a Bookaholic

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 08 2011

When I picked up this book I was looking for a light read with great characters and a funny plot. This fit that perfectly!

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Misbehavin' Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Mountie9 on Jun 04 2011

Storyline moves along very smoothly . . . you find yourself engrossed in the story and cheering for April.

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Imaginary Reads

Good
Reviewed by Kris on Sep 14 2011

There's just something about Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) that made me smile through the entire thing.

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Jun 06 2011

Full of wit, charm, and fun, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is the perfect way to start your summer reading season.

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Gone With the Words

Good
Reviewed by Jess on Sep 26 2011

I really love this book! It was so funny and bittersweet and different.

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Reading Nook

Good
Reviewed by Britt on Jun 23 2011

There are teen heartthrobs, parties and other fun and games. I'm sure there's a moral or two in there somewhere also.

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Fiction Folio

Good
Reviewed by Tara on Jul 27 2012

If you need a fun and entertaining book to get you out of a slump or to just enjoy some insanity,Ten Things We Didis the book for you.

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Electrifying Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Alex Bennett on May 31 2012

A fun, humorous book that will have you flipping pages and forgetting about everything else in your life. 

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Miss Print

Below average
Reviewed by Emma Carbone on May 21 2012

Ten Things We Did has an original plot and a clever structure. But it didn’t come together as well as I would have liked.

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Jessica Lawlor

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Aug 15 2011

I loved how the book opened after the party scene and then eventually led up to how that night came to be; and believe me, that wasn’t a party to be missed! April and Vi had a lot of fun together and it was delightful to experience it with them.

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GReads!

Good
Reviewed by Ginger on Jun 25 2011

I loved this book for many reasons.  Way more than TEN THINGS.  

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The Brain Lair

Below average
Reviewed by Brain Lair on Jun 01 2011

The few times we "meet" April's mother leads me to want more . . . the mom lives in Paris! What gives?

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The Reading Chic

Good
Reviewed by Sierra on Aug 07 2012

I very much enjoyed this book. It was the perfect summer read and exactly what I was in the mood to read. I definitely suggest you pick up Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)

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Booksessed

Below average
Reviewed by Jenn on Sep 29 2011

There were some really funny parts, however for me, this book didn’t live up to the hype. I’m sure that there is a huge audience that will like this book, but it wasn’t enough…something for me. I was kind of underwhelmed.

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Addicted 2 Novels

Good
Reviewed by Lena on Jun 07 2011

All in all, I highly recommend checking out Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have). It's a great summer read, especially if you're planning on spending any time by the pool or on the beach.

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YA Crush

Good
Reviewed by Tee and Vee on Apr 12 2011

It had tons of funny moments and managed to convey a lot of heart without being too heavy or serious. 

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Willa's Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Willa on May 08 2012

For fans of E.Lockhart, Maureen Johnson, and Siobhan Vivan, and any fans of hilarious books with real characters and real decisions!

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About to Read

Good
Reviewed by About to Read on Feb 18 2012

Cute, sweet, innocent, and romantic—as well as uber complicated.

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The Bursting Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Jan 13 2012

Altogether this was a book I would recommend to anyone who wants a contemporary book with a bit of depth to it.

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The Spotted Mushroom

Above average
Reviewed by RI on Aug 04 2011

...this was a book I really enjoyed and would have flipped through another time had I not needed to return it to the library. I love a good high school story and this was everything I wanted. And then some.

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Pawing Through Books

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jul 13 2011

Sarah Mlynowski is a good writer and I am looking forward to reading another one of her books.

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Pages of Forbidden Love

Good
Reviewed by Bianca on Mar 24 2012

I don’t want to say a lot about the 10 things that they did because it really just needs to be read.

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Wholly Books

Good
Reviewed by Ashley G on Jan 31 2012

Will have you laughing your butt off while in the same breath teaching readers valuable life lessons. 

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Makeshift Bookmark

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Sep 22 2011

The book is easy to read, unputdownable, and I love that the chapters list all the things that April and her friends should not have done.

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Bringing the Epic

Good
Reviewed by Lynn Marie on Jun 12 2011

All in all it was easy to read, albeit predictable . . . Which is actually a really great achievement considering the characters tackle self image issues, relationship issues, family drama, police activity and just about anything else.

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Teen Chick Lit

Good
Reviewed by TeenChickLit on Jul 07 2012

I highly recommend this books to mature teen readers and adult chick lit readers alike!

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Reviews of Young Adult Literature

Good
Reviewed by Busy Book Blogger on May 15 2012

Ten Things is a list of mistakes and mishaps, but it's also the list of experiences that help April to move on. 

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Karen's Addictions

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Apr 17 2012

By the end, you'll be so flippin' proud of April and the growth she achieves. 

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Booklopedia

Good
Reviewed by Cleo on Jan 21 2012

Each chapter brings a sort of mystery to the reader.

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Tahleen's Mixed-Up Files

Good
Reviewed by Tahleen on Jan 13 2012

I would certainly recommend this to teens, as well as those of us who read young adult novels well into adulthood.

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An Addicted Book Reader

Good
Reviewed by Adrienne on Jan 09 2012

The works: funny, interesting characters and a back story with depth and not just your average story-line.

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The Book Girl Recommends

Good
Reviewed by The Book Girl on Jun 10 2011

Not a thing about it felt forced . . . This book is bitter-sweet, laugh out loud funny, and it absolutely flew by.

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