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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 (46 customer reviews)
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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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By debbie8355 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2011
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'Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done' luckily isn't an inane list of cliched behaviour but a very funny look at an American teenagers first steps without parental supervision which invariably ends up with a flooded kitchen, boyfriend trouble, peer group dilemmas, a kitten requiring $3000 surgery and a party. Not forgetting the pink hot tub.

The book starts off and ends very like that old yellow pages ad with April, born in March, waking up the morning after the night before with her parents phoning to say they'll be at the house in 20 minutes. Just various alcohol, underwear and boys to clean up in record time.

It's fun but also meaty with some real issues to do with divorced parents, going on the pill, losing your virginity, lying about losing your virginity... Very modern and relevant and teens should also be able to pick up some tips for hoodwinking their parents especially through email.

April gets away with a surprising amount but there are consequences which are realistically explored. It's only the teensiest like a public health service announcement.

Highly recommended for mature teenage girls 14ish+ and also mature teenage boys if they want to understand how teenage girls tick.
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I saw this book in Waterstone's and was immediately drawn in by the eye catching cover- simple, yet bold. And when I read the blurb, I knew this would be a book I'd enjoy.

There is typical teen melodrama when April realises her family doesn't revolve just around her, and after a few well-told untruths she moves in with her best friend Vi. They end up in a lot of scrapes- a hot tub, the obligatory teen parties, gaining a kitten being just some- and April realises that life as a grown up is not always all it's cracked up to be. Throw in some boys just to make things that bit more messy and voila! You'vre got Ten Things we Shouldn't Have Done.

This is a fun book with some serious messages, and reading it has definitely made me keen to seek out more by this author. It's a YA book with enough bite for the haters who say 'but they're for teenagers!' when I tell them I'm reading this genre, and it is chock full of action and drama. I read it over two days and loved every second of it.

The perfect read to drag me out of my reading slump- thanks Ms Mlynowski
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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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I think the title alone gives you an idea of how humourous this book is, doesn't it? I went in expecting a cute contemporary with some wit and some funny scenes, but instead I ended up falling in love with April and with Sarah's writing. That's not to say that Ten Things isn't funny, because it definitely is. It had me laughing out loud all the time while reading it.

I read this one overnight. I think that shows how much I enjoyed it, and how much it captivated me. I start a book before bed, and sometimes, when a book is really good, I can't put it down until I've finished it. That is what happened with Ten Things.

Like I said, I fell in love with April. She's an awesome character, and she went through so much in the short amount of time this book takes place in. She had to deal with her mother and brother living in France, and her dad and his perfect new wife moving away. No wonder she wanted to stay with her friend, right? I thought it was hilarious that she was lying to her dad, and how she and her friend set up accounts to exchange fake emails between their parents.

I was looking forward to a huge blow up reveal at the end, in which April confesses, or her dad finds out that she and her friend had been living on their own, but that never happens. That was a little disappointing.

I loved the secondary characters, especially Hudson and... I've forgotten his brother's name, but I loved him too, I promise! I think it began with a G... But anyway, these two brothers were brilliant. I just wish there had been more Hudson! He was AWESOME. And hot.

I hated April's boyfriend, Noah, though. He was a scumbag, and can go rot in a hole. Harsh? Perhaps. But I really don't like the type of person he is.
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