Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: Ten Things We Did (Sarah Mlynowski)

AUTHOR: Sarah Mlynowski
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780061701245
PAGES: 368
SOURCE: Public library
GENRE: Realistic fiction; chick lit
GIVE IT TO: HS girls
OVERALL RATING: Highly recommended; 4 of 5 stars

SUMMARY: When April's father and step-mother plan to relocate to Cleveland, April hatches a scheme to stay behind with her friend Violet and her scatterbrained mother. What April's father does not know is that Vi's mom is traveling with a theater group and will not be home for months. On her own for the first time, April recounts the ten things she and Vi did that they probably shouldn't have.

MOVIE COMPARISONS: I don't know...maybe Don't Tell Mom...The Babysitter's Dead??

WHAT I LIKED: I couldn't put it down! Ten Things We Did sucked me in immediately and kept me intrigued all the way to the last page. Teen readers will understand and might even relate to April's anger with her parents, even as April still loves and misses them both. April's misadventures are laugh-out-loud funny, yet the novel still retains an underlying seriousness as April matures and learns more about herself and the people she loves.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: This is a stretch here as I am hard-pressed to find anything I didn't like in Ten Things We Did. If I have to say something I didn't like it would be that April's so-called overprotective dad is really pretty naive to believe April and Vi's scheming. That he never meets Vi's mother in person seems a bit far-fetched for such an overprotective father.


  • Language: medium; sprinkled lightly throughout (includes a few F- and S-words as well)
  • Sexuality: medium-high; characters have sex but it is not described in detail; also lots of open discussion about sex, condoms, birth control pills, STDs, and pregnancy
  • Violence: none
  • Drugs/Alcohol: high; teens drink alcohol at multiple parties

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I ordered it for my "high school shelf"

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