Monday, July 18, 2011
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Source: Amazon Vine
Publication Date: 07 June 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: “I bolted awake.”
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski is a book that I really wanted to like. Its a book that I’d heard several people that I trust rave about and so I was eager for the opportunity to review it. Sadly, I think my expectations were a bit too high for this one. One big point in this books favor though is that it was a really quick read. I managed to read it in just 2 sittings and the pages flew by.
The story centers around the improbably plot that April Berman would be allowed to remain in Westport, CT even though her mother lives in France and her father is moving to Ohio. I have to say I wasn’t a fan of April’s parents. Her mother seems to only want to be her friend and agrees to keep secrets from her father as she knows it will get April in trough with him. And her father doesn’t respect her enough, or think she’s mature enough, to inform her that the family is moving until its 9 days away…but then he just leaves her behind after she and her friend Vi concoct this scheme where she pretends to live with Vi and her mother. When the reality is Vi’s mother is leaving town herself….so what you get is yet another YA book with no parents.
The plot itself is a bit muddled in that it goes back and forth in time as April has memories of events that have shaped who she is. All of which happen at cliched intervals to make the segue into memory seem like a poignant event but just got old….fast. That and April’s obsession with having sex. The only plus side to those painful inner monologues was the mentioning of safe sex practices, reasons why its not a light decision (although Vi character then blows holes into that), and real life consequences.
Most of the characters in this book annoyed me, April with her fixation on sex, her boyfriend Noah who was rude and intolerable with a secret you could see from a mile away, Vi with her control issues and insecurities, Marissa with her moralistic behavior, and Lucy with her creepy behavior. The only characters I liked were Dean and Hudson but they really weren’t in it enough to carry the show. There were also way to make coincidences and conveniences that happened solely to move the plot forward and just lacked believability.
The ending of the book was even more improbable than everything that came before and the whole thing just left me wondering what the big deal was. As for me the only saving grace for it was how quickly I read it.