Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far): Book Review

August 31st, 2014 by

10-good-and-bad-things-about-my-life-so-farDid you know it’s almost September? Almost Labor Day? Almost the end of summer???

Of course, I’m an old person and I don’t get a nice long summer break like you do. But I did go to LeakyCon 2014 and do other fun things like attend an ice cream competition where I got to sample over 20(!) different flavors of homemade ice cream. Plus, this summer was not nearly as hot and sticky as past years when I have been so uncomfortable that I’ve regularly held my arms out in front of me to air out my armpits and therefore looked like a zombie walking down the street.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that there’s something sad about the summer ending, no matter how excited you might be about seeing your friends at school, or about not having to offend people with your armpits.

If you agree, then I suggest you pick up Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far) by Ann M. Martin. The book starts at the beginning of the school year, but it’s really all about the amazing summer that Pearl has with her family.

It’s not the summer they planned because Pearl’s father gets fired right before vacation starts. So instead of going on an epic Wild West trip, they do a staycation where they live (which is New York City). But Pearl and her older sister, Lexie, still also get to attend camp for part of the summer — which is great except for, well, let’s just say there are several incidents that occur (one involving broken bones).

Despite some disappointment, it’s a summer of adventure — even without taking a big trip — and I feel like I experienced it all with Pearl.

I recommend this book to fans of Sharon Creech and of course fans of Ann M. Martin!

This is actually the second book about Pearl and her family. The first one is called Ten Rules for Living with My Sister and it’s about what happens when Pearl and Lexie have to share a room when their grandfather comes to stay with the family. I haven’t read it yet, but now I want to! If you want to go in order, you can start with that one first — but if you’re looking for a summer story like I was, then go for Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far).

Did you do anything really fun this summer? Leave a comment and tell me YOUR summer story!

— Karen

Once again, Karen was completely jealous reading about a fictional character’s summer camp experience. Does anyone want to pay for Karen to attend a summer camp for adults? She’d be forever grateful!

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5 Responses

  • Ariyanna writes:
    March 9th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I read your book and did a report on it they loved so.

  • JB||| writes:
    March 23rd, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    This is an AMAZING book!!!


  • Clare writes:
    February 9th, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This is book is pretty good!! I’m doing a book report on it right now and I LOVE it!

  • Isabella writes:
    July 21st, 2018 at 12:16 am

    does anybody know how many points this book gives you?? in school we do AR reading and we have to get points so just wondering how many points this book gives you??

  • Enaya writes:
    January 27th, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Grown up are ridiulos.

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