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What If . . . Everyone Knew Your Name

by Liz Ruckdeschel

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This was the first time I read a choose you own path book, and personally, I really dislike it, because I knew what was going to happen, or maybe the book was just too predictable, and predictable books are almost as boring as nonfiction! I might have liked this if it wasn't a choose your own path. If you like deeper books, with more meaning, definitely don't read this! This book is fun, if you feel like living vicariously through a perfect teenage girl. ( )
  indiaO | Jun 26, 2013 |
I found this book to be very relatable. By being able to choose what happens to the main character, Haley, the reader can be “in control” as to what they are reading. You can make Haley hang out with the popular girls or have her stick with the geeks. ( )
  clogger56 | Apr 3, 2011 |
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

WHAT IF...EVERYONE KNEW YOUR NAME is an interesting idea. It's a lot like those Choose Your Own Adventure books you read as a kid. The story is about Haley, a fairly average fifteen-year-old girl who has just moved to suburban New Jersey and is starting 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. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
You choose which road to take ( )
  scout01 | Apr 30, 2009 |
Haley Miller (age 15) and her family just moved to Hillsdale where she is thrown into public high school with the misfits, populars, and geeks. Chapter by chapter, you will choose Haley’s decisions and see how they play out in her life. With one wrong step, you could lead her into peer pressure or hanging out with the wrong crowd. Going to parties, meeting new people, or making friends with the cute History teacher will change the way she thinks about things. Who does she have a crush on, should she try out for soccer, and countless other things … will change everything. Whatever Haley does is in your hands so you better do it right.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was so fun! I didn’t get into any horrible situation (a few awkward moments, though) but, of course, I read though some other chapters and I have to say … be careful. There is some inappropriate content (if you make the wrong choices) but it teaches the right values and just goes to show how hard it is being a teenager. The flow of the writing and references are wonderful and kept me on my toes. I am, for sure, going to read more Choose Your Destiny novels in the near future!

(This is a great book for long car trips.) ( )
  GirlwiththeBraids | Feb 25, 2009 |
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"Gross!" Haley moaned as Freckles, the Miller family's three-year-old dalmatian, woke her up with a sloppy, wet kiss on her sunburned cheek.
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Meet Haley Miller. She’s a 15-year-old girl of average height, average weight, and an average sense of style. Installed in her first public high school, Haley faces the toughest choices of her young life. And guess what? She’s all yours.

In this interactive novel, readers lead Haley through the halls of Hillsdale High for better or for worse. Until graduation do you part. Do you guide her away from the pitfalls of peer pressure? Or into the vortex of bad boys and parties? Send her to homecoming with the captain of the soccer team . . . or have her skip the dance to go on a road trip with the hot rebel. Give Haley a makeover or teach her to love herself the way she is. Pick which crowd she’ll hang with. Tell her how often to do her homework. And decide whether she drinks or inhales.

You determine her fortune. Her grades, her friends, her love life, her future. With Haley’s many positive traits, you should have no trouble achieving success . . . or will you? It’s all in the way you work, love, and play with Haley Miller, the girl with the most potential at Hillsdale High.

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The reader's choices control the course of Haley's sophomore year at a new high school as she navigates the social scene, deciding whether she wants to become a queen bee, a wannabee, a freak, or a geek.

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