Monday, August 1, 2011

Five Questions with Sarah Mylnowski, Author of "Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)" + GIVEAWAY!

Hehe, I L-O-V-E author interviews!  Especially with authors like Sarah MylnowskiI mean, my my, when you got a title like Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), I kind of figure everything is on the table in terms of questions!  Hehe, c'mon, admit it!  Once you read the title, you start going down a mental list of your naughtiness, don't cha **nudgenudge - winkwink**?  Don't believe me?  Check out this synopsis:

by Sarah Mylnowski

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 am in major swoonage over the title, the cover and the description!  So, of course, I jumped at the chance to ask the author a few questions!  Without further ado, here's Ms. Mylnowski with the goods:

1) Tell me three things you did (and probably shouldn't have) back in the day? 
  1. Snuck out to a bar with my friends when I was fifteen. We drank too much, I got sick, and somehow my dad found out. Then he called all my accomplices' parents.
  2. Kissed Daniel when I was dating Rick.
  3. Cut my own bangs. **me to Sarah** I did that, too!  The night right before pictures!  So. Bad.

2) Ohhhh, that cover. ***melts*** What did you think the first time you saw it?  Does it capture the overall feel of the book?

Yay! I’m so glad you like it. I like it too! I’ve published thirteen books and this is the first time I’ve ever had a boy on the cover. Isn’t he adorable? And the models have such great chemistry. I love their expressions. I think it definitely captures the fun and flirty feel of the book.  **me to Sarah** Oh, hecks yeah it does!  A boy looked at me like that once when I was a freshman.  I stalked him for the rest of the year and ended up getting a 'C' in frosh English because of it.  True story. 

3) How did the idea for this book pop in your head?

I lived it. I grew up in Montreal, and when I was in tenth grade, my mom moved to Connecticut. When I was in twelfth grade, my dad moved to Toronto. I somehow convinced them to let me move into my friend Ronit’s basement instead of going with them. Her parents had moved away too. Hilarity ensued.

4) Current you and 17-year old you are having a conversation about hijinks, shenanigans and taking risks in general - what advice would current you give 17-year old you?

Go for it. Yeah, some of it won’t turn out the way you’re hoping, but it’s all great future book material. Also wear more bikinis.

5) What books were the most important and influential to you (both then and now)?

Ramona and Her FatherThe first chapter book I ever read on my own. I remember getting to page 100 and thinking there should be drawings of balloons and confetti to congratulate me. Wahoo! Page 100!

This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall:
The book was hilarious. Plus, the author, Gordon Korman came to talk to my class when I was in elementary school. I couldn’t believe that not only was he a Montrealer like me, but that he had written his first book when he was twelve. TWELVE! I was incredibly inspired and I decided that if he could be a writer, so could I.

Everything by Judy Blume: Her books made me realize how meaningful—and how much fun—writing about being a girl could be.  

The Handmaid's TaleI read this book in high school. And then I read it about ten more times. And then I decided to be an English lit major in college. Thank you, Margaret Atwood.  **me to Sarah** Yeah!!!!  Atwood is on my "You need to read this" list for Everyone!

Thanks so much for joining us, Sarah!  Good luck with Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)!

Loved this interview - it was a quick one, but I love Sarah's answers, don't you?  So, maybe you're thinking I NEED TO READ THIS!

Well, I can hardly blame you - I can't wait to read this myself!  I have ONE copy of Sarah Mylnowski's Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) to giveaway to one lucky reader!  So, here are the GIVEAWAY rules:
  • open to those with U.S. & Canadian addys
  • must leave comment below answering the following question: "What's something you've done/you did in high school (and probably shouldn't have)?"
  • also be sure to leave 1) your name; and 2) a valid email address
  • contest closes on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Midnight E.S.T.
  • winner will be chosen using and will be announced on Monday,August 8, 2011
 HUGE thanks to HARPER TEEN for the giveaway copy!


  1. Haha, this is super embarrassing but I was a goody two-shoes in high school and rarely did things I shouldn't have. The worst thing I did was lie to my parents about where I was spending the night: I said I was staying at a girl friend's house but instead I spent the night at my boyfriend's (chastely, though, because remember, I was a goody goody!). I still can't believe I got away with it. I can't wait to read this book!
    cooperke87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Yeah, I might have taken my mother's credit card and ordered DVDs on Amazon with them when I was sixteen. When she found out, I learned my lesson, no doubt about that. I was grounded for two months. I mean, when you were like me and had no social life, that wasn't entirely a problem.
    This book sounds awesome! Definitely on my TBR pile.
    bookbrats (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. OMG, how did I turn out to be the bad one?! I had a REALLY bad day when I was 14 and decided it would be a primo idea to steal something. Namely, a pack of cigarettes (I didn't even smoke). Oh, and I was standing in line behind my dad when I did it. And I totally got caught by a store clerk hanging out by the arcade games. My dad was PO'd (duh), but he didn't tell my mom (thanks, Dad).

    Awesome stories, ladies. Wisdom - it's hard earned, eh?


  4. Wow, what a fun interview Linds and Sarah! Love that the book was based on her own experiences though I don't think I could have ever convinced my parents to let me move in with a friend instead of moving with them:) Can't wait to read this book!

  5. Oh i love the interview! Cutting my own bangs? *raises hand* I did that too. Hmm I was pretty tame in HS, but the only things I really did was lie to my parents of where I was (ie: downtown and not actually at the movies) but ahaha I never did anything illegal! :P thanks so much for the giveaway, this book looks like so much fun!

  6. I'm not entering the contest, but LOL that interview was so much fun!

  7. Girl, you just ACE interviews! I can't imagine coming up with such fabulous questions! Well done - I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I (unfortunately) didn't have time to snag one at BEA :(

  8. Just before a pep rally, my friends dared me to dye a thick streak of my hair green (the freshman colour). I did it, and then proceeded to streak all of their hair green too.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  9. In high school I got into a physical altercation with my BF, that was a mistake. Now on the reverse what I should have done in high school but didn't was homework. I was that terrible student who never did their homework.

    Lisa J
    leyser73 at yahoo dot com

  10. I'm curious as what shennigans these characters get themselves into. Btw, I loved the "Ramona" books and anything by Judy Blume. Thanks for an awesome interview, Linds. It had me laughing out loud.

    rummanaha at hotmail dot com

  11. Super fun interview. I love that the story developed from personal experience. What a way to give a story a voice!

    As for me, it's amazing I'm stll alive with all the crap I used to do but probably shouldn't have. Like sneak off to party in Mexico when I was in high school.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    missie at

    P.S. Linds. You are such a dear friend. Thanks for the card. It was the first thing I saw when I got home from vacation today and I just LOVED it. Thank you!

  12. Awesome interview! My list would be very similar of things I did but shouldn't have.

    Don't enter me. As not in US. Just stopping by :)

  13. Um....okay a thing I did in high school and shouldn't have done is I got drunk during the junior/senior prom. Then my mom picked me up in the morning at my friends house and I had to pretend nothing is wrong all the while I am holding in my puke, as she drives slowly to the house. It's like she knew what is wrong with me and wanted to torture me. I've never got drunk again. Lesson learned!


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  14. Racquel
    purplebull@hotmail dot com

    Loved the interview, Sarah sounds like one cool person & certainly one of the coolest authors around!

    Worst thing I did was my freshmen year I convinced my best friend along with her boyfriend to pull the fire alarm while it was POURING outside and I ended up doing it myself (those chickens) so the entire school (even me) was out in the rain during lunch (hehe, ultimate prank no?) while the school figured out why the alarm went off.

  15. Umm... Nothing, really. The closest thing to something I did that I shouldn't have was fight with my parents. We got into some pretty legit yelling matches & I said pretty harsh things. But that's it... I've always been part of the... good crowd. ;)

  16. I decided to switch schools my senior year because I am lazy and didn't want to have to go to school full time (they allowed me to take junior college courses online and locally at my public school). I took 5 courses at my public school and 5 at my junior college. I was glad I earned the credit, but later we got an ironic call from my other school...telling my parents I was valedictorian there and shouldn't have left...needless to say, my parents were not pleased with me -.- edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  17. You want me to narrow it down to one thing? Hmm, what's least embarrassing and illegal? I snuck into a bar after my sister's wedding when I was sixteen and accepted a date for the next weekend with a guy that was 25. He didn't know I was 16. I had my dad break the date on the phone. I know real gutsy, but alcohol made me brave. Or so I thought. I was always a goody goody until my senior yr when my longtime boyfriend dumped me a week before school started. So I went a little wild! I got away with it only b/c I had always been a goody goody.

    Awesome interview! I'm going to ask you to do my interviews from now on. Your questions are so interesting but don't give anything away. I draw a blank when I do interviews. Excellent again!


    BTW I have RB!

  18. "What's something you've done/you did in high school (and probably shouldn't have)?"

    Unfortunately, I was a rather dull, studious high school student. The most I've done is call in sick on the day of a huge science exam just because I didn't feel prepared, and then making it up when I felt more comfortable. I've also given some of my friends the worst advice just so they wouldn't think I was totally lame.