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

Hardcover | September 19, 2013

bySarah 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 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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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...

Sarah Mlynowski is the author ofTen Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have),Don’t Even Think About It,Bras & Broomsticks, theNew York Timesbestselling Whatever After books, and more. Her books have been translated into 29 languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah has taken many road trips and gotten lost on every one of them.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.75 × 5.88 × 1.16 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061701246

ISBN - 13:9780061701245

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from 10 things we did This book shows young ones that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Storyline and Plain Fun! I seriously adored this book. Sarah Mlynowski is a fantastic author. Her words just suck in the reader, and we're left wanting more, more, more! I kept asking myself questions and I felt like I was reading a girly, fun magazine because this was all about plain fun! I was hooked in by the first page. The plot was so fast-paced, but with so many wild events in the way. April was a kick-butt character who had so much potential in her, and she really made herself have a good reputation in the end. She learned so much, and by the end, I was so proud of her. In 3 months, she did so many new things, and that's the definite good and fun of life. I love teen novels that teach you a lesson in life. April here was all YOLO and I adored that. She made me laugh constantly because of her wacky humour, and I know that many, many, many readers have loved this book and will continue to. Please, for all good, pick this book up. You won't regret it unless your a serious person who reads serious books. :D
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review I really enjoyed this book, it's filled with lots of good plot twists.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 10 things I liked about this book 1. Reels you in really in a way that you just can't bear to put the book down. 2. Great examples of the hardships and such of relationships. 3. Gives the reader that feeling that you're actually experiencing everything April is. It lets someone get the gist of what living on your own (or with your BFF) might turn out to be like. 4. It's a comfort for those of us that are forced to move to other places. 5. I liked how there were "mini-chapters" within every chapter or "thing they did and probably shouldn't have". 6. Sucky things happen, but always for a reason. 7. Just because parents divorce, it's not the end of the world. 8. There's always a bright side to things (or a solution). 9. Some good lessons for when you have a pet (especially if it's young). 10. Parties are fun, but you don't remember them in the morning (not usually). Sarah's did a really great job with this book and I utterly loved it! It's crazy good and it's definitely one of the books on my "10 books I read and should have read sooner" list.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun summer read! (May contain spoilers) April's parents are divorced and she's currently living with her dad and stepmother. Her mother has also remarried and lives in Paris with her little brother. After a sudden announcement by her by her dad that they are moving to Cleveland, April is not happy. She's not leaving her friends and boyfriend behind and instead comes up with a plan to move in with her friend Vi for the rest of the school year. Only problem is Vi's mom will be away too and April's dad will never let her stay in a house with no adults. So what do they do? They tell a little lie to April's dad and he believes it!!! Now that the parents are out of the picture and its April and Vi living together -- Let the fun and crazy times begin! Let me just say that its never boring when April and Vi together. April also gets $1000 a month from her dad as allowance which she doesn't always spend very wisely. Take for instance April's impulse buy (see #4 Buying a Hot Tub aka "Hula"). My first thought was that they are out of their minds and that they don't need a hot tub. But I was wrong. There were a lot of fun times in the Hula and in the end it turned out to be a worthwhile investment. Noah is April's boyfriend and they've been together for two years. He's one of the reasons why April decided to stay because she didn't want to lose him. But its Hudson who stole the show for me even though he's not in the story that much. He was there when April needed help. When Noah refused to help, Hudson didn't hesitate and stepped in, no questions asked. Its such a mystery as to what Hudson's job is and how he makes so much money. It's so surprising once its revealed as its something probably no one would have been expecting. Ten Things We Did was lots of fun to read. It will have you laughing and smiling from the first pages right till the end.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never a Dull Moment! In some ways, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) was exactly what I expected it to be... and in others, it took me by surprise unexpectedly. In any case, I've been ever so excited to read the novel and as soon as I read the prologue, I already knew it would be one I would truly enjoy as I eagerly continued flipping the pages for more! And, really, who can resist a bit of teen drama? The novel was definitely a fun read that had me laughing out loud and waiting to see what kind of trouble April would find herself in next, but there were enough heavier topics broached and discussed that give pause. In no way did I think it affected the novel negatively, but rather, it gave me an appreciation for Sarah Mlynowski's storytelling all the more. She manages to weave sex, drinking, relationships and plenty of partying into a humorous tale while also tackling the effects divorce can have in dividing a family such as April's. Do you see what I mean when I said I was surprised? I liked how the novel went beyond being only light and had more substance to it. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) is narrated in a language that any teen could understand and take to heart. Despite some of the hysterical (but not necessarily always realistic) situations April finds herself in with her friends, it's still very much easy to relate with her as a character. She has a certain naivety of the world, but as she spends more and more time having to act independently and accomplishing one more "probably shouldn't have", her life begins to unravel. I wish there had been more moments with Hudson! April may have had a longtime boyfriend, Noah, but it was Hudson who really stole the spotlight for me with his kindness and the way he always stepped up to help April when she needed it the most. Hudson and Noah weren't the only cute boys in the story either as April's best friend, Vi, had her own relationship doubts to worry about... Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) may have been my first time reading a novel by Sarah Mlynowski but it certainly won't be my last! There was never a dull moment and reading as April's life got steadily more complicated left my eyes glued to the page the entire time. If you're looking for a sweet contemporary novel that offers some meaning beyond just fluff in a funny tale, then I'm sure you'll enjoy Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) just as much as I did! You can also check out this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/06/ten-things-we-did-and-probably-shouldnt.html
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it The Good Stuff * Sweet and funny and just very, very realistic * Teens will love it, very teenage ansty stuff that they will be able to relate to * The language and actions of the characters really ring true and honest * Made me smile thinking about the same emotions I went through when I was deciding whether to have with my boyfriend for the 1st time (really should have waited, quite the disappointment) * Storyline moves along very smoothly and even-though there isn't anything really thrilling or exciting, you find yourself engrossed in the story and cheering for April * Great opening chapter really gets your attention * Love the background characters * Love the friendship between the girls The Not so Good Stuff * OMG, my kids are going to do this stuff aren't they -- sorta made me think too much -- ok not really a not so good stuff, but kept thinking this while reading (Obviously if you are a teen, this won't affect you , so for you it would be 5 Dewey's) * A lot of and alcohol and not any real consequences for the bad choices they made (Dude I'm a mom, what do you expect) Favorite Quotes/Passages "We're Jewish, so to me it was the Day Dad Told Me He Was Moving, but to the majority of the world it was Christmas." "You know," Vi commented, "I've never been blackmailed before." "Me neither," I said "I always thought that it would happen eventually." VI said, "But I assumed it would be for having an illicit affair." "You can't live with a friend." Penny said, emphasizing the word friend like I had said "Family of anacondas." What I Learned * Teens have and drink -- never mind already knew that -- I am so screwed in a couple of years -- I know what I did as a teen, and now my kids are going to do the same. Who should/shouldn't read * Teens real really enjoy and relate * Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot will enjoy * Not for the more sophisticated teen as it is quite fluffy 4 Dewey's
Date published: 2011-06-08