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Monday, July 18, 2011

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

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized7 Comments

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: Amazon Vine
Publication Date: 07 June 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0061701246
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 368
Place(s) Traveled to: Westport, Connecticut 
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.

7 Responses to “Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski”

  1. Mel (He Followed Me Home)

    oh no! I was worried I would think the same thing so haven’t read it. The title makes the story sound so good but I think I’d have certain expectations and if stupidity is abound, be totally turned off too 🙁

  2. Monica

    That stinks that you didn’t like it! Although now my expectations aren’t too high so maybe I’ll enjoy it more! I hate when high expectations aren’t met, it’s such a let down and so I try to avoid reading more than one or two reviews for super hyped books. Thanks for the honest review!

  3. Danielle (Overflowing Shelf)

    I agree with this review completely. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I hated April’s obsession with sex. That annoyed the crap out of me. And I wanted more Hudson cause April’s boyfriend was the biggest dickwad in the history of dickwads.

  4. Michelle

    See, I liked this one! Not as much as others have but I found it relatively entertaining and in some ways realistic. I do think some girls that age are obsessed with sex so that didn’t bother me at all. I also liked that there was a moral to the story but it didn’t preach at the reader to get there. Yes, I agree there were loads of implausibles but in this book I felt comfortable suspending belief knowing that I was just going into it for a fun (and funny) read.