Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski Review + Giveaway

By Sarah Mlynowski
June 7, 2011
HarperTeen, 368 pages

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.

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Sometimes a real-life conversation (via text message) speaks best:

Jen from Makeshift Bookmark: Nine pages into Ten Things We Did and OMG love this author already.
Me: I KNOW!!! It's so real -- like how we talk.
Jen: I KNOW. for example: "they were throwing massive information bombs at me. Cleveland! New job! Place mat!" I loled
Me: Yes everything is written like a girl would really think!!!
Jen: I think I need to buy everything she's ever written
Me: Hahahahahahahaaaaa my reaction exactly! This is why I need you in my life
Jen: I love that April is so entertainingly dramatic about everything. She's so us.
Me: Everything is all or nothing!
Jen: And everything is the end of the world, pretty much.
Me: Basically YES
Jen: Seriously. I'm done gushing now.
[Sends text picture of a passage]
Jen: BAHAHAHHA. OMG why have I not already entered an all-consuming love affair with this book? I feel like I've wasted the last week of my life by waiting to read this.
Me: I waited a month!!! I'm like WTF is wrong w me

So, to get serious: Jen and I both clearly loved this book.

It deals with a lot of serious teen issues, which I know could come off as preachy to some. But it was "ballsy," as Jen put it, for the author take some of this stuff on and to do so a fun, lighthearted way. She was, miraculously, able to present some pretty hard and shocking stuff in a laugh-out-loud manner using a very true-to-life teen voice.

I couldn't put it down. No, really it went everywhere with me this week:

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) joins my list of HIGHLY recommended reading -- books that I feel really GET the high school experience:
Jen and I both want to read more from Sarah Mlynowski, and now is your chance to do the same with this giveaway of two of her books: How to Be Bad (co-written with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart) and Frogs & French Kisses. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I did!

- To enter, please fill out the form here
- One entry per person
- Must be 13 years old or older
- Deadline is 12 p.m. CST on Wednesday, June 15
- Please see my contest policy here

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Many thanks to HarperTeen for my review copy of this book.


  1. I love that your review for this book is a series of text messages with a blogger friend! :P You made me really curious about this and I hope I find a copy in local bookstores.

  2. So excited to read this one!! Thank you for sending it my way :-) What was the pic that you sent Jen??

  3. Well, it's pretty obvious how I feel about this review. BEST IDEA EVER. We need to seriously read the same books ALL THE TIME, because I laugh a lot when we do :)

  4. I am so glad I clicked on the link you just tweeted about this book! It sounds hilarious. I missed the "Ten Things..." release party last weekend, but Sarah & a few other authors will be at Books of Wonder in NYC again on the 16th. Now I know what book I will be buying at that event! :)

  5. It sounds amazing! It's going on my wishlist now. :) You made it sound so appealing. Can't wait to get it.

  6. I just bought this one the other day and I can't wait to read it after I finish The Eternal Ones. What a wonderful creative review and you and Jen are hilarious.

  7. You and Jen are adorable! This is one book I don't have but desperately want to read! I'm a fan of cuteness :)

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  8. I love this post! You girls are amazing, and I'm glad we're friends! I have this book, but I haven't read it yet. I'm thinking I should...and soon. Especially if you BOTH loved it so much!

  9. I love the unique and unusual reviews! I can't wait to meet Sarah on Monday! And to read this book! :)

  10. It seems like everyone is loving this book. I really want to read it now that you say it's written in a way girls really think. :)

  11. I absolutely loved this one!!! The story was fast paced and hilarious (yet sometimes sad), and I loved April's voice. I can't wait to read more books from this author - looking them up on Amazon right now!

  12. I so enjoyed the sense of humor that was in this book and still it managed to tackle a pretty serious subject. I'd definitely read more of her work.

  13. Anna you were right as always :) This book was really cool! :) I liked it!


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