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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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.
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, ILα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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