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Review: Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn’t Have by Sarah Mlynowski

Posted March 6, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Rowena’s review of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski.

Main Character: April
Love Interest: Hudson (Highlight to see for sure)
Series: None
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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.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time now and when I finally picked this up, I couldn’t put it down.  It was funny, it was cute and some times it was dumb but through out it all, it was fun.

This book is about April and how she moves in with her friend Vi and they begin to live a life without parents.  April lives with her Dad and Step-Mom, her little brother lives with her Mom in France and April hasn’t quite forgiven her mother for cheating on her father.  Vi lives with her mother but her Mom is going on the road for the broadway play that she’s in so Vi’s all alone in their house.  After some fancy maneuvering (and some little white lies), April moves in with Vi for the remainder of her junior year and her Dad moves to Ohio.

Some of the reasons that April didn’t want to move to Ohio were her friends, her school and her boyfriend, Noah.  Noah and April have been together for years and they’re planning to finally land the deal and well, Noah is acting funny.  He’s been so anxious to finally land the deal for so long that when April is finally ready, she doesn’t understand why he keeps finding other things to do than be with her.

This story was filled with awesome characters, crazy antics and just a whole lot of high school fun.  The kind of fun that you think about long after you’re no longer a teenager and the kind of fun that you hope your kids don’t get into when they’re that age.

I didn’t like Noah from the beginning.  Even when he was the doting boyfriend, it felt off to me and so when things go south with him, I wasn’t mad…not even a little.  I was Team Hudson from the jump and his secret job? LOL, too freaking funny!  I really enjoyed the relationship that blossomed between Hudson and April but also between Dean and Vi.  Dean was such a fun character and his brother was such a cutie patootie.  I really enjoyed getting to know the both of them over the course of this book.

This book is filled with all things teenagers.  Bad decisions, immaturity, sex, lies and well, parties.  But it was still a fun book to read because the characters (especially April) come into their own and by the end of the book, you feel like you’re best friends with each of them.  I definitely recommend this book.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Harper Teen. This book was purchased by the reviewer and these are her honest thoughts on the book.
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Review: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.

Posted January 9, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Rowena’s review of Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.

Main Character: Devi
Love Interest: Bryan (or is it?)
Series: None
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A new life is just a phone call away!

Devi’s life isn’t turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn’t join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn’t some wacko—she realizes that she’s been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she’s already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski’s Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now and haven’t gotten around to it until now.  I haven’t read too many books by Mlynowski but after reading this one, I’m definitely curious for more.

Imagine you’re a senior in high school and you just broke up with your boyfriend, the boy you’ve been with since you were a freshman in high school and you’re hurting.  To top things off, you drop your cell phone into the fountain at the mall and it works but you can only call yourself…three years ago.  If you can imagine that, then you’ll jump right into the thick of things with this book.

Devi is a senior, just broke up with her boyfriend and wishes that she never met him so that she wouldn’t know how much it’d hurt to lose him the way that she has.  When her cell phone starts acting wonky and starts calling her own cell phone from three years ago (before she met Bryan), she thinks that this is her chance to change things so that she’ll have a better senior year so she gives Freshman Devi a whole lot of work to do.

It was funny because Senior Devi kept waking up to some new life because Freshman Devi was making a whole lot of different choices and it made me laugh.

This isn’t a book that takes itself too seriously and I really liked that about this one.  It was fun, it was cute and even though Senior Devi got on my nerves because she was so hot damn bossy, I still liked this one.  There were many times when I wanted to strangle Senior Devi for making Freshman Devi work so hard and when Freshman Devi stands up for herself, I grinned like a crazy person because I kept thinking, “FINALLY!”

Overall, this book was good.  I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for a fun, quirky read with great characters.  This one fits that bill.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Delacorte. I bought this book and these are my honest thoughts on the book.
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Guest Review: Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

Posted September 22, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 1 Comment


Main Character
: April Berman
Love Interest: wouldn’t you like to know?
Series: n/a
Author: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

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.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

I have never read Sarah Mlynowski before but after reading this book, I need to check out her backlist. Ten Things We Did was chock full of good stuff. It was funny, it was thought-provoking, it was fluffy and deep at the same time. Good stuff I’m telling you. And at time realistic – despite the unrealistic set up.

First, April’s parents are divorced. Her mother cheated on her father and in her freshman year they called it quits. Soon after that, she met Noah. So she’s been with him for over two years. She is now heading into her second semester in her junior year when her father drops a bomb on her – they’re moving to Cleveland. April is dead set against going. First of all, all of her friends are here. Her boyfriend’s here. She doesn’t want to start off in a new school. She devises a plan to stay with her friend Vi. And Vi quickly lets her know her mother won’t be around much so they concoct this big massive LIE so that April can move in. It’s actually pretty smart, this plan they come up.

Also going on in April’s life is her plan to lose her v-card to Noah. She thinks she’s more than ready and they plan for it to happen after Noah gets back from his New Year’s trip. And then Noah comes back from his trip and he’s acting weird and distant. No big deal – April’s busy with Vi and her other friends to really notice at first. She’s also hanging out with Vi’s friends more too, including a senior named Hudson.

But back to April’s decision to become sexually active. First, her and Vi visit Planned Parenthood to discuss birth control options. April actually calls it Un-planned Parenthood. I love it! So she decides to go on the pill as an extra safety measure to go along with condoms. She excitedly tells her boyfriend and here’s how it goes down:

“April, I’m excited. It’s just…we never talked about that. I thought we’d just use…you know. Other stuff.”
Other stuff? If we were old enough to use them I would think we were old enough to say the words.

OMG SO TRUE! I love how April is making all these decisions and it’s opening her eyes to world. Like when Vi brings up going to PP, April admits to herself she never even thought about what would happen if she got pregnant. Living by herself and making all these decisions is forcing April to grow up. But she’s still just a teenager and sometimes you need to learn things the hard way. Let’s just say there are consequences to her having sex with Noah.

I just thought this book was refreshing. It was still funny and light at times but it also handled these topics with a deft touch. I like when a YA character has this much self-awareness. She doesn’t bury her head in the sand. The hi-jinks her and her friends get into are a blast and a half as well.

Now, because there is lots of discussion about sex, I would say this book is meant more for more mature teens.

Ten Things We Did gets a B+ from me!

..and that’s your scoop!

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Review: See Jane Write by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs.

Posted November 26, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Grade: 4 out of 5

With chick lit novels popping up on every bestselling list, millions of readers are all thinking the same thing: I could write this stuff. I could write a bestseller and never go back to the office again! and here’s the guide that will show you how. Bestselling novelist Sarah Mlynowski and veteran chick lit editor Farrin Jacobs cover every stage of developing and selling your soon-to-be bestselling novel, with information on -developing an idea -deciding on a point of view -making your characters likeable -learning the basics of plotting, pacing and conflict -finding an agent -and much more, including humorous tips and advice from scores of established writers (from Meg Cabot and Marian Keyes to Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella). If you’ve got stories to tell, See Jane Write will take care of the rest!

I know that this book isn’t a romance novel or even a book but I’ve always reviewed all of the books that I’ve read and I wanted to keep up with that so because I read this book, I will be reviewing it…and now on with the review.

I like to write.

Will I ever become a published author? Meh, I don’t know but even if I never did it wouldn’t stop me from writing. I write because I just feel like it. But I wanted to get serious about writing a really good story so with the help of my awesome friends, they’ve gotten me some really great How To guidebooks and this was one of them.

So far, this is the prettiest book that I’ve read about writing. I’ve always thought about writing a chick lit book and I’m thinking that maybe I will after I’m done with the story that I’m writing now. This book had a lot of great advice for a young writer like myself (and I’m still young dammit) and I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn’t filled to the brim with boring tid bits of what to do and what not to do. This book kept my attention and it gave me a lot of insight to what works for well established chick lit authors like Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella, Melissa Senate and you know, authors like that.

Writing is not an easy hobby and finishing a story takes a whole lot of dedication and this book helped me through some of the things that I struggle with in my own writing so I’m really glad that I read it. It was fast, fun and definitely insightful. What made this book great was that it was written by both a chick lit author and a successful chick lit editor so we got to see how things are done, what editors/pubs are looking for in a great chick lit book.

I really enjoyed the little “It Happened to Me” tid bits added by random authors and all of the little character sketches were a really big hit with me since I do something similiar to this and as a whole, this book was just a fun read, at the same time that it was very informational and got me inside the collective brains of some of my favorite chick lit authors.

I’m glad that I read this book and will look forward to seeing how things turn out for me. Should you read this? If you want to get serious about writing chick lit books then by all means, handle that scandal…this book helped me out some, so I’m sure it’ll help you out. It’s got a pretty cover and great font, so that was a big hit with me too!

This book is available from Quirk Books. You can buy it here.