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Your Life, but Cooler

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Have you ever read a story and wondered what you would do in that situation? Would you run into the abandoned house after the killer? Or run screaming from the scene to analyze the whole thing with your friends? Would you be bold enough to flirt with your crush—even though he has a girlfriend? Or would you quietly back off, in hopes of meeting a better guy to crush on?

In Your Life, But Better, you don’t just read a story—you become the story. Take a quick personality quiz at ...

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Overview

Have you ever read a story and wondered what you would do in that situation? Would you run into the abandoned house after the killer? Or run screaming from the scene to analyze the whole thing with your friends? Would you be bold enough to flirt with your crush—even though he has a girlfriend? Or would you quietly back off, in hopes of meeting a better guy to crush on?

In Your Life, But Better, you don’t just read a story—you become the story. Take a quick personality quiz at the end of each chapter, and find out how you would act if you were confronted with the scene you just read. Are you star material? Or the queen of romance? What will you learn about yourself?

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Gr 5–8—Readers take on the role of the main character in this choose-your-own-adventure-style book. The story's premise centers on spontaneous tryouts for a school choir, including a soloist, that are about to occur. You know you have talent but have doubts about auditioning for the part when your archenemy is competing and her friends are student judges. Also, that cute boy noticed you today. Do you hang with him after school or keep your plans with your longtime crush? Quizzes similar to those in girls' magazines are presented at the end of each chapter, helping kids determine what type of risk they are willing to take. Answers are assigned a point value, with the total indicating which chapter to turn to next. There are many different paths through the story, and all are easy to follow. Most of the transitions are smooth, though some are a bit choppy and may make youngsters feel that they missed important information. However, this will not deter them from plowing through all options in this entertaining narrative. A good choice for reluctant readers or those who are intimidated by books that take a long time to read.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
This book is part of the "Your Life, but Cooler" series. This one has a middle school girl trying to audition for the choir, which might perform at Carnegie Hall. The reader determines the outcome of the story by taking personality quizzes interspersed throughout the text. This interactive series lets your true personality lead the way! The reader gets to the end of the chapter and is faced with a random choice, and is told to decide what he or she wants to happen next. It's about you and the kind of girl you want to be. The scenarios go on like this and you as the reader responds to the questions and then go to the back of the chapter and check your analysis points. It is a clever way to see what is said and compare it to what you think about yourself. There's a bit of switching back and forth that may be a bit much for some persons. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375850851
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Your Life, but . . . Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,443,914
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Crystal Velasquez is the author of the books based on the PBS series Maya and Miguel, but this is her first book for older readers. She lives, writes, and obsessively takes personality quizzes in New York City, where she works as a managing editor for Ballantine Books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Good book

    I loved this book excellent choice for preteens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    the best book!!!

    this book is great for girls who love trivia questions and who love friendship enough to read about it!

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