29.9.10

Book Review: A Million Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton

You can't believe it. You've actually won the lottery!
So what happens next? It's entirely up to you. Do you get out of debt? Quit your job? Travel the world? Go on a shopping spree of a lifetime? The possibilities are endless!
In A Million Little Mistakes you get to decide where the story goes from here. It's time to choose your own adventure. Remember life is full of surprises...
The idea of this book is that you get to the end of the chapter and then decide out of two very different options as to what happens next, you then simply turn to the page that continues the story on your chosen path. I can remember having adventure books like this when I was a child and I always loved them.
This is not a book to get engrossed in as things change very quickly and it is written as though you, the reader, are actually the main character. I think that I would have preferred it to be written in the third person as I am nothing like the person in the book, regardless of the decisions I made for them.
However, this book is great to dip in and out of as once you have explored one set of options then you can go back and find out what would have happened if you had chosen the other option. And I am sure we have all wondered what we would do if we won the lottery jackpot; would we go on that world cruise or buy that beautiful country estate?
A Million Little Mistakes is a great idea for a book, it's perfect for if you haven't got much time to become engrossed in a book as with this you can just go back and forth and explore the many different and entertaining endings.

Many thanks to Headline for sending me the book to review, A Million Little Mistakes is published tomorrow.

2 comments:

fiction-books said...

Hi Dot,

A couple of authors set up a discussion about these reader chosen endings on 'Bookarmy' some while ago.

I did read their arguments in favour of the scenario, but I don't really think it is for me.

I like my storyline and endings to be a surprise and surely that element of surprise is somewhat diminished if you, the reader,are steering it in a certain direction?

I also agree with you about the story being written with the reader being the main charcter. I much prefer to read about my chracters, when they are written in the third person.

Basically, I don't want to be the main character in my own book.

Dot said...

fiction-books- I think that was the main thing for me, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been written in third person.

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