Sunday, August 20, 2006

Review: What if...Everyone Knew Your Name: a choose your destiny novel by Liz Ruckdeschel and Sara James

What If...Everyone Knew Your Name: a choose your destiny novel is an interesting idea. It's a lot like those Choose Your Own Adventure Books you read as a kid, but this, instead of being a fantasy-adventure story like those, this one is a YA novel. It's about Haley, a fairly average fifteen-year-old girl who has just moved to suburban New Jersey and is starting school at her first public high school. She starts out average, so that the reader can pretty much choose everything that happens to her as the story goes on.

You make every little decision for her, even the ones that seem really minor, like riding the bus to school or getting a ride from her father. You decide who she wants to be friends with and what crowd she wants to be a part of. You decide everything about her.

While an interesting idea, and fairly well-written, this book isn't for everyone. If you're all about finding out what will happen, this book might not be for you, because you decide what happens. It's a cool concept, though, and a fun read, especially since you can read it more than once, with a different story and outcome. The characters aren't particularly three-dimensional, but I guess they have to be simple enough so that it is believable that they would make any one of the very different choices you choose from. This book is fun, but not a must-read.

Rating: 7/10

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1 comment:

Erin said...

Sounds cool! I might try it sometime. :)