Lisa Reviews: Sarah Mlyowski's - "Ten Things We've Done"

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

Reviewed by Lisa Smith

If you had the chance to spend the last half of the school year with you friend, without parental supervision, would you do it? Would you lie to do it? And if you got that past your parents, what would you spend those three months doing? In Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), April does exactly that.

April finds out that her dad has applied and been accepted for a new job far away, and is planning on moving there with her step mother. But April doesn’t want to leave behind the only life she’s ever known, her sweet boyfriend Noah, her friends, and not even her school.

So when trying to figure out a way to be able to stay, April and her best friend Vi, come up with having her live with Vi. Knowing that Vi’s mom is off on Broadway, and that April’s dad would never let her stay with Vi without any parental supervision, the two lie to both of their parents. April explains to her dad that she’ll be staying with Vi and her mom, and Vi tells her mom that April’s dad is okay with having April live with Vi alone. To make things seem more truthful the two girls created fake emails for both of their parents and exchange them.

They gave Vi’s mom, April’s dad’s fake email. And they gave April’s dad, Vi’s mom’s fake email. (Was that confusing?)

After getting all that squared away, the two girls can finally relax and have some fun! Do things they would never even have imagined doing!

The entire book is organized by the ten crazy and adventurous things the two girls do together; including skipping school, buying a hot tub, and losing their virginity (This book doesn’t go into much detail, and isn’t  very explicit).

Everything is going good until April’s kitten is run over by a car, Vi and April throw a crazy insane birthday party, and April’s dad is due to visit early the next morning! And to make things worse (like that’s possible), April discovers she had gotten a sexual disease from Noah.

April’s life quickly changes and becomes out of control. Her boyfriend Noah is lying and cheating (and her friend even knew about it but never cared to inform her), her cat is injured, and April doesn’t know what to do. She wants nothing more than to leave, and move back in with her dad. But can’t.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) goes from two girls just wanting to have fun, to things going sour. But the ending is happy, and things turn out well for April. I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I’ll make sure to buy a hot tub next time my parents are on vacation!

I felt every emotion possible. I went from laughing to crying, to being angry, to loving one very sweet sweet guy! The characters were all lovable, and realistic. The story line was fun, but also filled with drama and romance. The ending was happy, and I was satisfied. There were no lose ends or anything left unsaid! Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) is the perfect light and fun read for the summer!


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