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Whatever You Want: We Write, You Decide: A Pick-Your-Own-Ending Escapade Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060591633
  • ASIN: B000C4SOQG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

And such great character names!
Patsy Keaton
I think this book should have a warning on the cover as I felt a little uncomfortable reading some of the stuff, even though I found the book quite hard to put down.
Aubrey Ashton
I am not even finished reading it yet, but had to get on here and say...fabulous...gotta get back now to the characters that I love and see what happens next!
Anonymous

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Braldt Haak on June 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Whatever you want is the type of book you either hate or love. The book is written as a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) Novel. These novels were very popular in the 80's when adventure games like Dungeon & Dragons were on their peek. This book is different, most CYOA novels are set in a fantasy / SF world where the reader has to make choices until he finds the end of the dungeon and gets out alive. But "Whatever you want" is a real gem, no monsters to fight (with exception of the blue elephants in your head after a night out), no dungeons to escape from (with exception of the bedroom of the ugly blond you ended up with yesterday evening), and no dice to roll. Whatever you want is set in modern day England, where you decide how the story goes. Male and female can read the book, since there is an ingenious way in the start of the book to determine if you are M/F. The plot then continues, where you decide after each paragraph, either to: Kiss the girl .... Drink more ... or ...
The book is not for those with high-moral standards, but on the other hand, if you come on a page that maybe a bit more arousing than your taste would be ... remember you made the choice that made you turn to this page. The story is good; it's fun to read (even if it would not be a CYOA novel). There could be some more roads - alternative plots - in the story, which would make it more interesting to read it the 8th time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patsy Keaton on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
When one of my friends recommended Whatever You Want to me, it took me a while to get my but to the book store and buy it. I'm definatly not someone who likes to read. But when I started reading it, I was immediatly hooked. I could totally relate!!!! I loved how Timms & Hayes talked about London and made it seem like Barbie & Barnaby were real! I mean, which girl can't relate to Barbarella in some way. And such great character names! Although it's not really suspensful, Laurence & Rachel have you hooked. I couldn't stop reading it.
Another thing I liked about this book, is that there are not many like it. How many authors would base a book on two such differnet characters? This book is hilariously funny and I recommend it to anyone who really wants so know what the other sex is thinking!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a teacher, I long for the long lazy summer days when I get to go to the local bookstore and purchase several good reads for the beach. I was excited to see such a fun take on the choose your own adventure novels, and some English chick fiction that I hadn't read and immediately ran to the register with my copy of "Whatever You Want".
I began my summer books with Whatever You Want and totally related to the characters although I live in the states and don't have the lifestyles of the characters.
I am not even finished reading it yet, but had to get on here and say...fabulous...gotta get back now to the characters that I love and see what happens next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "suzrtyr" on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is just awesome! From the moment I saw the cover, I knew it would be a winner. Unlike the choose your own adventures of the past, or those more dweeby fantasy versions, this one propells you into the urbane delights of London, England. You can be male (Barnaby) or female (Barbarella) and get up to some naughty fun with their friends and enemies. All taken place during one night. At first I thought some of the stories (40 endings) were a bit unbelievable but then I read some of the magazine articles on these two guys, and it turns out the book is based on true stories which is hillarious. Who said the British were stuffy! There is also a very clever gender insight if you can step away from the frivoloties and occasional light patina. This book is not to be underestimated, there is definately more than meets the eye! Well done Rachel & Laurence. I'm totally addicted and hope you do some more! God save the queen!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
No names allowed as I'm a guy and as my girlfriend keeps telling me, I'm not allowed to read these kind of books - they're for girls, right? Wrong. Stop hogging all the good stuff, I tell her, what other reads have you been hiding from me? I hit this book last Sunday morning after a big night out, ladies close your eyes, sitting on the john passing the time, as you do. Maybe one hour later, she's like knocking on the door, wondering what's wrong with me, but if you have read this book, you'll know what I'm talking about. I chose to be Barnaby to start with, as I'm a guy and wanted to be a guy in London for a change - thought it'd be interesting to see if I could pull a British chick. As it happens I couldn't and I didn't make the 'perfect ending' either, but who cares? I had way too much fun mixing Viagra in other girls drinks, speeding on a ducatti pass the Queen's house, and taking part in a real 'Sting'. Now that's the way to spend your time! And the funniest thing is that my girlfriend's started acting all different on me, including some manouvres in the bedroom department which I swear she must have picked up from Barbarella. Guys, get your girls this book, leave them for a night, then come back and ENJOY my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica S. on August 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Whatever You Want" falls sadly short of its title. I wouldn't enjoy watching Barnaby and Barbarella (and, come on, it's set in real London, people-- give her a decent name) as TV characters, and I didn't much care for pretending to be them, either. From the essentialist assumptions about which gender you'll play (you'll be Barnaby if you make a "masculine" choice near the beginning, Barbie if your choice is "feminine") to the fact that neither option allows any vestige of emotional complexity, this game constantly insults its players. There should be some adventure here, as one possible direction climaxes in a poker game with various underworld character, but the flatness of the characters means that the stakes are just too low.
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