Monday, September 20, 2010

Choose Your Own Adventure -- For Grown-ups

Do you remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a kid?  The premise was cool -- you started reading a story, and at a certain point, you made a choice -- turn to page 56 if you wanted to follow Mr. Jenkins down the dark alley, or turn to page 112 if you wanted to go call the police.  The books gave kids lots of endings and I adored the books.

While I was scoping out Barnes and Noble during my weekly Over the Bridge jaunt, I asked a bookseller if she could help me find those books for Zack.  After helping me, she said, "You do know there's an author who writes those for adults, right?"

Color me intrigued.


"Pretty Little Mistakes" by Heather McElhatton is called a "Do-Over Novel".  There are 150 possible endings.  Quoting the back cover:

"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 park."

I haven't started it yet, but plan to this weekend.  Have any of you read it?  Anyone want to read it now?

Enjoy!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


16 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, I have to check this out!

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  2. I was JUST talking about those books the other day! I looooved them as a kid!! This adult version sounds very interesting - perfect for my short attention span...

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  3. Haha, that is so funny... I was just thinking the other day that Choose Your Own Adventure books should make a comeback... I loved them when I was a kid! How funny that there is one for adults!!

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  4. I hadn't heard of it, but now I really want to read it.

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  5. I remember those books as a kid! I'm interested to see how the grownup version works out...although, I'd probably do what I did as a kid which would be to check out every possible decision point/ending because I needed to KNOW!

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  6. Oh, oh, oh! I LOVED Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid...I cannot believe someone writes them for adults. I just have to go out and get myself a copy...how cool! :-)

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  7. The option of being "pecked to death by ducks" made me chuckle. I don't know why. I guess my sense of humor is a bit morbid this morning. Then again...I like everything from Jane Austen to Star Trek to Monty Python and Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy. That might explain things better. (Or not.)

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  8. Oh! I LOVED those. I used to try to work it out so I could read every possible ending. ..
    I'm totally going to have to look for this!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. This sounds like fun...the option of being "pecked to death by ducks in London" made me chuckle. My sense of humor must be a bit morbid this morning.

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  10. That's so cool. I have to give it a try. That would be fun, Lori.

    Dita.

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  11. sounds like a fun book. I love that...pecked to death by ducks in London. I guess if you have to be pecked to death by ducks, London is as good a place as any...Did you find any of the Choose your Own Adventures for Zack? I remember loving those books as a kid.

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  12. Lori, you always find the best books! Sorry I missed you today...we'll need to catch up!

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  13. Sounds really fun, let us know if the plots are good! smiles, Virginie

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  14. I wish I had it right now but I don't think they are selling it in English in Croatia!!

    Hugs,
    Suz

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  15. I totally remember those books - and am facinated with the "adult" version - wonder if it would work on a Kindle?

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  16. Ohh wow grand books!! Lori I honestly think you make every hour and minute in your life count for so much productivity! Thank you speaking on these!

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