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Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
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Sep 11, 11

bookshelves: 99-problems, bizarre-medical-problems, girly-as-shit, i-love-awkward-teenagers-in-fiction, ya
Read in September, 2011

Okay, well, for starters, I really liked the book. As mindless teen reading, it is funny, smart, the (girl) characters are awesome, blah, blah, blah. However, I did have a major issue with the novel's conclusion that forced me to re-think giving this to the free-spirited and funny girls I think Ms. Mlynowski envisions as her prime reading audience. Let's just say, up until the novel's conclusion, the subject of teenage sex is handled in a responsible and yet refreshing, girls will be girls sort of way. I absolutely adored Vi's attitude and thought many girls I know would be able to relate to her and April's struggles. However, the novel seems to do an absolute 180 the last sixty pages or so--bandying about the "slut" word without any irony and ultimately giving one of our girls an emergency visit to the pharmacy.

Frankly, by the end end of the novel, I was disappointed--not in April, Vi, Lucy or Marissa (although she kind of ultimately sucks)--but in the author's inability to decide what kind of novel she really wanted to write.

I will say this...I did have to give like half a star for naming the kitten Donut. Best cat name ever. And officially my favorite pet in YA.

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