Today I am sharing with you a teaser from a book I really do not know what to think about. The book itself is starting to look rather dishevelled due to a lot of travelling about from place to place. I still have not finished reading it... You wonder why? Well, this is a different sort of book. It does not start with the beginning and end with the end, as normal books mostly do. Instead, it starts off with a chapter - and in the end of that chapter you get a choice:
"If you decide to go to college, go to section 2 (page 4).
If you decide to travel, go to section 3 (page 5)."
Now what, do you think? Well, this is the point of the book. It is called Pretty Little Mistakes and has 1 beginning - and 150 endings! At every chapter you get a new choice - choose this, or choose that? And then you read accordingly to your choice. If you were to make the wrong choice, you can therefore go back and choose differently - and so hopefully get to a better ending.
Does this sound fun? I thought so. I really did.
However, it now seems like a book I will never get to the ending of - there are just too many of them! I am also not happy with the language and the context of several of the stories - they have a rather too dark and sad touch for my taste. It is not a happy book. On the bright side, though, the story itself will change all the time if you make a different choice. If you start reading you are in danger of getting hooked, as you keep wondering what if...?
"You sneak up his driveway and spray-paint his entire bike with a can of hot-pink flocking. The tacky, cotton-candy stuff they use to make Christmas trees look like they have coloured snow on the branches. When you're done his bike looks like a big, hot-pink fuzzy stuffed animal. He's going to shit. You can hardly keep from laughing the whole way home."
Pretty Little Mistakes, p. 92
|"Pretty Little Mistakes" by Heather McElhatton|