choose your own adventure book for adults there s one beginning, and 150 different endings it was good for me to read while traveling, as i could read it during the 3000 miles between pittsburgh and seattle easily each section is short, quick, and entertaining, so it was easy to pick up and put down in the hustle and bustle of cross country adventure in my first life, i killed my rich, abusive doctor husband and lived like a king with his money and my two children in my second life, i was shot in the face in an Arby s parking lot right after high school graduation the third time around, i became a fabulously wealthy lesbian and married my beloved jewelry designing lover i was hooked i went to art school, married a pastor, became an alcoholic, joined a cult all in a few hours the book is not infinitely amusing, it repeats itself occasionally, but at times is actually laugh out loud funny italy, japan, meth, cocaine, go back to the previous choice and try again this time, i think i ll turn down the sugar daddy, hijack some antiques, and have a lot of grandchildren around me when i die at 92 i m not sure if i found every single ending, but i had a good time trying some questionable portrayals of queer lives, and realistic levels of unempathetic and discompassionate portrayals of different kinds of experiences great for ADHD, traveling, indecisive people full of regrets, and bad decision makers.
A Choose Your Own Adventure book for grownups Why didn t anyone think of this before The original CYOA books all had a theme, whether it was searching for big foot or getting abducted by aliens The adventure in this novel is life, with the book starting out at high school graduation and taking you along various paths until your death Every decision always presents you with the tough choice of going with or against your better judgment I liked majoring in the sciences and turning down marriage proposals But the limitations of a book like this is that the author can t involve you in every decision, and every time the protagonist makes a decision without the reader, it s a reminder that you only have the illusion of controlling the narrative, with ultimately minimal input in how things actually turn out I felt left out of important decisions I could decide where I wanted to travel, but not if I wanted to become a drug addict, or have sex with the janitor in a utility closet A sense of disappointment accompanied the realization that the protag is nothing like me I want this book to be about my life, but there is no way it possibly can Good decisions often have bad consequences and bad decisions too often get good endings That s life, I guess, but in fiction it makes for an unsatisfying read In my books, I prefer good behavior to be rewarded and bad deeds punished Fiction is about imposing order on an unruly reality see Ian McEwan s Atonement The book s flip to page whatever format means the protag can never be affected by any of her past decisions Each piece of the story is nearly independent from all others A nice speculative touch is the glimpses of the afterlife that occasionally accompany the protag s death I won t ruin any, just know that they are creative and diverse, and sometimes depend on the manner of death This book is light, but it s meant to be It s entertaining without being nourishing.
Eh I, like everyone else, was very intrigued by the concept of this book I am a huge fan of CYOA books, and many impostors, so it would logically follow that I would be lured in by the premise of a book in that style, but geared towards an older audience Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations Instead of feeling like my decisions actually altered what I was reading, I was presented stories that mostly went in the direction influenced by decisions we DIDN T make Example Go to college for art, or science Science You are on your way to being a doctor But you are addicted to meth now yep Keep going to school to finish your studies, or go work at a pharmaceutical company as a sales rep Doesn t really matter Either way, you wind up miserable because of a meth addiction that you automatically got by going to college Why don t I get to choose NOT to start a meth addiction I don t think all doctors were required to go through a period of drug addiction as part of their studies Further, just because I chose science, why do I have to be a doctor I know these books can t let us choose EVERYTHING, but it seems regardless of what otherwise responsible choices we make, we are drafted into completely irresponsible ones You just woke up Do you want to eat breakfast first, or shower first Eat breakfast Man comes in to rob you, you tell him to go eff himself, he shoots you in the face, and you did You shower first As you reach for the soap, an earthquake happens, your ceiling collapses, and you die Okay, that last part isn t in there, but it s pretty much how this entire thing reads But, as we don t have a choice about our drug addiction, reading this summary wouldn t have prevented me from getting this book, and giving it a try.
I loved this book It seems like just an adult themed choose your own adventure or a handbook on how to screw up your life at times but I think it actually becomes a commentary on the way we live our lives and how no matter how many right decisions you make or how many bad things happen to you, you never know if you ll live a long happy life or a short miserable one or any combination there of.
There are parts lots of them that are not for the squeamish And a lot of it isn t very probable, which people who didn t like this book seemed to complain about the most I find that the neatest part It s not predictable at any point, and even when it might be it moves so fast that it doesn t matter I had no expectations for this book I thought I might like it just as easily at hate it, I was floored that is resonated in the way it did It makes you think It grosses you out, and make s you marvel at the fucked up situations someone can end up in and sometimes laugh at the way a great life decision can turn out so terribly terribly wrong It makes your heart swell at times and ache at others Anyone who can do that in snippets of stories is a good writer, and I can t wait to read her next one.
I recommend post it page markers to anyone who wants to make sure they don t miss parts of a story I started using them about halfway thru to mark parts to go back to and read the other choices.
I found this book in my library s used book store I was immediately intrigued by the book because it is a choose your own adventure novel I loved those books as a kid who didn t and the idea of reading one written for adults seemed exciting key word seemed.
The sections are really disjointed and pretty far fetched Each story is very short only once did I jump than five times The stories were neither creative nor did the consequences equal the choices I made I died in every ending and depending on the choices I made I was either incredibly happy and at peace or I was some miserable waste of space The odd part, however, was the choices seemed to lead to some ridiculous and impossible outcomes Example In one story line I became an alcoholic and after beating a baby on the head with a bottle of wine I end up in jail After three years I am paroled and must choose to be a janitor or a waitress.
Choice 1 I chose to be a janitor at a hospital where I was raped by a monkey which lead to me living happily ever after on millions before dying of a rare monkey disease.
Choice 2 I chose to be a waitress and worked at the same restaurant for the rest of my life I was miserable, never married the abusive jerk I lived with and finally died after a pressure cooker exploded on me.
What the heck How is that possible How does getting raped by a monkey lead to a happier ending Why is that even an event that occurs Was that supposed to be funny I don t even know what to think of that.
The novel is also very graphic I don t have an issue with books that have foul language, descriptions of sex, or excessive gore The author, however, seems to have included a gratuitous amount just for the sake of it It s not particularly shocking in my opinion, but it does get a little tiresome after awhile.
The novel only had a few redeeming qualities It was a quick read It was super easy to read a section of the story on the bus It has a few humorous scenarios Overall, though, the books just falls flat.
In theory, a choose your own adventure novel for adults is fantastic I am sure that if a established writer had taken on this task the novel would have been enjoyable However, due to a lack of linear movement from choice to consequence and some downright disgusting and repulsive events and decisions Pretty Little Mistakes is a good idea gone wrong.
I ordinarily would not even consider writing a review for a book after only spending 1 1 2 hours with it, but I simply cannot wait to tell people about this book.
Heather McElhatton, radio host, producer and now author, may well be a genius Remember the books when we were kids that made you decide at the end of each chapter where you wanted to go next, letting you chose your ending Pretty Little Mistakes is the grownup version with literally 150 different possible endings The story is about you you ve just graduated from high school and you must decide whether you want to go to college or you want to travel From there the stories branch off in several intriguing and I ll admit addictive ways In my short afternoon with this book, I died of cervical cancer murdered my abusive husband was killed by a terrorist attack in Chad was murdered by a 4 foot albino died a very old woman responsible for saving impro ving thousands of lives through free clinics All of which involved only subtly different choices at the end of some of the same sections.
Clearly all of the endings are not happily ever after , but they are intruiging and page turning I couldn t help myself I kept diving back in to see how one or two changed decisions would change my life And I m not done yet I just had to stop long enough to tell say read THIS BOOK
Notes 1 Shocking writing does not equal good or interesting writing.
2 The consequences of the choices you make have nothing to do with what you chose to do in the book I understand that the different choices you make should lead you down interesting life paths, but it seems like it doesn t matter what choice you make, something horrible will happen to you Sometimes you end up with the same outcome no matter what you do.
Example Choice 1Stay in school and get your Master s degree Choice 2Take a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep Outcome of Choice 1Become a meth addict Outcome of Choice 2Become a meth addict.
WTF Seriously Why don t you just write one story if you ve already decided where you want it to go Where is the choice that you pretend you are giving readers 3 No matter what you do, you hate your life the way it is Each choice you make pulls you further and further into the abyss that is your life until you a are randomly murdered on your way home, b die of a drug overdose, c manage to live the rest of your life and die of old age, but WAIT, you are incredibly lonely because everyone in your life has left you or you murdered them 4 This book is NOT interesting This book is ridiculous and a waste of time.
Old Review This is an adult Choose Your Own Adventure book Each life you read starts out right after your high school graduation and leads you to your death good or bad The writing isn t that fantastic, and the author seems stuck on trying to shock you Overall, this is a fun book if you want to just play around and live a few lives.
There Are Hundreds Of Lives Sown Inside Pretty Little Mistakes, Heather McElhatton S Singularly Spectacular, Breathtakingly Unique Novel That Has Than Possible Endings You May End Up In An Opulent Mansion Or Homeless Down By The River Happily Married With Your Own Corporation Or Alone And Pecked To Death By Ducks In London A Zen Master In Japan Or Morbidly Obese In A Trailer ParkIs It Destiny Or Decision That Controls Our Fate You Can T Change Your Past And Start Over From Scratch In Real Life But In Pretty Little Mistakes, You Can But Be Warned, Choose Wisely