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Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Adults who remember the Choose Your Own Adventure YA novels are the target audience for this debut from Public Radio International producer McElhatton. The book opens with a female second person's high school graduation, which leads "you" to two possible choices: travel or college. Each succeeding section (mostly between one and four pages) similarly offers two options for proceeding, leading to an impressive array of possible developments, from a trip to Rome that can result in a live-in Italian artist boyfriend, to a dead-end job as a phone sex operator with the moniker of Stormy Sioux. Situations include the playfully surreal, such as a stint in a German circus as a nude ice dancer, and the tender, as in a life lived on the Iceland coast with a lovely, seal-obsessed child who has Down syndrome and a devoted scientist husband. There's also crystal meth addiction, rape, death by explosion, bursts of salty humor and moments of descriptive lyricism, especially in McElhatton's many vivid imaginings of the afterlife ("heaven is a junk shop... broken beauty everywhere"). Nevertheless, many situations are cartoonish; some of the events repeat or overlap; and "You" remains a cipher, making this "Do-Over Novel" more role-playing for the rut-stuck than a good read. (May)
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Remember the day of your high-school graduation, when the future positively percolated with possibilities? That's the moment of truth independent radio producer McElhatton seeks to recapture in this do-it-yourself debut boasting "one beginning, 150 endings." Like the Choose Your Own Adventure novels for young adults, this interactive offering puts readers in the driver's seat from page 1, when they must decide whether to attend college or travel. Wanderlusts might find themselves shacked up with an Italian sugar daddy or operating an award-winning Sicilian B and B. (They might also get knocked up by a swarthy janitor at a seedy Santa Monica motel or killed by a pipe-bomb while working as a relief doctor in Chad.) The academically inclined can wind up a successful feminist jeweler or a Denny's waitress felled by a piping-hot bowl of pea soup. In the end, McElhatton's first offering (inspired by failure to get her first novel published) reads more like tongue-in-cheek career counseling than serious literature. Still, dabbling in thoughts of one's destiny proves amusing in small doses (most entries are just a handful of pages). Allison Block
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But I've only read through a few different paths and skimmed through the rest of the book to know that I'm done with it entirely.
I'll start off by saying that I'm not a conservative or so religious that it makes me a prude. But the fact that two options in, I WAS HAVING SEX WITH SOME HAIRY, POT-BELLIED MECHANIC IN FRONT OF HIS CREEPY DOG JUST TO GET MY CAR FIXED (!) really bothered me. (And no, that isn't one of the choices that I made.) All of the outcomes that I explored ended up like this (or worse!).
And yes, I fully understand that I wasn't going to like every outcome, but come on! The whole point of this book is to make decisions! And even in a fictional life, I wouldn't decide to be a completely one-dimensional, shallow idiot who would have sex with anyone (ANYONE) and only cares about the size of a man's junk. (I'm not lying; the author goes far enough to print `SIZE MATTERS' on one of the pages. Thirty-eight times in a row. Yes, I counted.)
And a very minor thing: You can only be female. That bothered me at first, but now it doesn't. Because I don't feel bad for the half of our species that doesn't have to suffer through this.
So, yeah, two stars.
In reality, I found myself finishing a different story line every five minutes or so. And every single one of my choices ended with me dying. Each choice was maybe a page long, so there was no "settling" into a good story. I was constantly flipping pages and then starting over again and again and again.
I really wanted to like this book but after dying for the fifth time in 30 minutes, I put the book down and I've not touched it since then. This book needs longer chapters and more meaningful story lines. Not a few paragraphs with each story ending in death.