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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408309793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408309797
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wit, energy, and an uncanny understanding of teenage logic. (Publishers Weekly)

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One year + one beach house + zero parents = Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done is such a fun, realistic contemporary novel, and is one of the best I've read this year. Each character is engaging and different, and their interwoven stories all kept me reading well past my bedtime. I remember I was at work wishing I could go home and see what happened next - I haven't had that feeling for a while!

Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done is Sarah Mlynowski's second book to be published in the UK, and I hope to read Gimme A Call sometime soon. She has a great writing style and knows teenagers inside out, never compromising their realism or making them seem overly fictional. Her characters get into dodgy situations that teenagers are renowned for and, although the occasional event may seem too exaggerated, for the most part it's all on par with teenagers today.

April, the book's incredibly likeable main character, ends up living with her best friend Vi in her parent-less apartment with room for a new hot tub. April is dating Noah, who is an attractive, seemingly perfect boyfriend. You can imagine what their lives are like when they suddenly find themselves unsupervised and able to do whatever they want - teenage chaos ensues, and it's not always pretty. There are of course lots of laughs, and I still can't believe some of the stuff they got up to. This book is definitely very well titled!

I read Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done when I just wanted something light and quick to lose myself in. It was exactly that, with more drama and more character development than I originally thought. I won't hesitate to read new Mlynowski books in the future, as I really enjoyed this one and still feel a little bereft at having finished April's story. Check it out if you're a fan of straight-up modern contemporaries - you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 29 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I took this abroad with me, hoping for a cute, laugh-out-loud read, perhaps with a little romance to boot. And I got that. Almost. Or, at least, some of the time.
This book turned out to be way more serious/depressing than I thought. Sure, it was funny at times, but when I finished the book, I was like... "Woah. Her life sucks." Plus, there's a lot of sex. Not sex sex, but TALKING about sex - the characters don't shut up about it! And they seemed to be really blasé about doing it. It just really annoyed me.
Don't get me wrong, it was a good read (explaining the four stars). I was probably just disappointed because it wasn't what I expected it to be. The characters were annoying, the plot depressing, and then the "big secret" Hudson was keeping turned out to be, like, nothing at all. It made me think twice about relationships, and there does seem to be some kind of hidden message about who you can trust... but it just wasn't what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PD VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2012
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This is a book that doesn't tackle teenage issues in a serious way like the authors Sarah Dessen or Elizabeth Scott do. I would describe it as chick lit for teenagers. Light hearted, unbelievable stuff happens. Like two sixteen year olds living by themselves with a hot tub!! However the author does deal with serious issues such as divorcee, sex, weight loss and other teenage problems with humor in a light hearted way. I think mature teenagers aged 14+ would relate to it and find it easy to read.

April has parent issues, in that her parents have split up and and she has chosen not to move away with her Mum, she was living with her Dad and his new wife but they have moved too. April doesn't want to move away with them and so comes up with a plan to move in with her friend Vi. However what Vi's Dad doesn't know is that Vi's Mum has gone away too!!

Anyway we follow the life of April as she deals with boyfriend dramas, friendship issues and living without parents (every teenagers dream!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Original Bookworm on 19 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Another one of my daughter's books I decided to test read. It was most amusing and I felt it dealt with many teen issues in a sensitive way that was not too explicit nor so bland as to bore. It seems to be very hard to find decent 'girly' teen books these days (esp ones that do not involve vampires!)but this is certainly one of them. Wish teen books were this good when I was that age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Blabla on 8 July 2014
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Great book, perfect for teenagers around 16, describes all the thoughts and feelings of a teen and it got me hooked straight away. Also the idea of teenagers living alone in a beach house with no parents is every teens dream.
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This book was great, i hadn't heard of it before and then i saw a quote from it on tumblr and researched it and it was honestly a really good book, i think its written really well, its funny and just an overall good book to read. Of course its not Harry Potter type book but its still definitley worth a read.
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This is a memorable book that when I pick it up to tidy my house, I smile at it. It was a funny read, entertaining and very light-hearted. I want to take up on something people are saying and that is about how the book is unrealistic, silly and doesn't handle the seriousness well. I want to point out that this is a TEEN book, in book world, teen is 11-16 years of age so it isn't going to be violent, tragic, horrific or terrifying like they seem to expect.

I felt this book handled relationships, love, betrayal, sex, risks, divorce and other teen issues well in a way that wouldn't overly frighten or upset people. It is a light book you could read relaxing in the garden over the summer or at the beach with no commitment to a series.

I found it entertaining, light, easy to read and good fun. I won't give away any of the details but I will say they're surprising and very fun. If the description sounds good to you then follow your instincts and you won't be disappointed. It's a teen dream book.
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