What If…Everyone Knew Your Name, Review

21 Dec

What If…Everyone Knew Your Name by Liz Ruckdeschel and Sara James

Plot: 15-year-old Haley moves from California to New Jersey, where she is attending public school for the first time. It’s a huge transition for Haley, and you (the reader) get to help her make decisions that will decide what type of high school experience Haley has. Will she hook up with the hunky boy next-door? Or befriend the strange artsy girl from the bus? Or try to fit in with the popular (but fake and snobby) girls? This book is part of a whole series which allows the reader to make decisions for Haley. The story line lacks any real substance, but it is a fun concept, much like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories I grew up with as a kid. I would have preferred to simply have a choice to make at different points in the story; however, the authors try to interject some higher level thinking into the decisions. We end up with a page of text that borders on being preachy about the decisions we make and their consequences. In addition, I found the book to be very disjointed while reading it. The format obviously lends itself to that; however, major characters came into the story with no introduction. I had to go back and make several different choices to try different paths, and each of them read in an equally disjointed manner. This was a fun concept, but it could have been executed in a better way.

Would you recommend this book? No.

3 stars

–Lisa

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