Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: You Only Live Once by Bridie Clark

  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Snap Decision Series , #2 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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You survived your freshman year at Kings Academy, the prestigious prep school in the New Hampshire hills, but hold the slow clap—turns out sophomore year’s the real grinder. You’ll have to deal with the stress of keeping up with the soul-crushing homework. Not to mention your glam classmates are throwing glitzy sweet sixteen parties this year and you’ll need a job if you want to join.

Will you take that babysitting job in town (and pretend not to notice Hot Dad’s flirtatious ways)? Will you bribe your way to a New York Times internship and land a college guy? Filled to the brim with twisting paths and turns, this may end up being the best year of your life . . . or it may send you home to Hope Falls in tears. Whatever snap decisions you make, it’s going to be an unforgettable year.

My Thoughts

I remember when I was a kid, I loved the books where you get to choose your own path. I had tons of them and would go through and try to find every possible story and ending that I could. I would actually write what choice I made so I could go back and do it different ways. Anyways, I didn't know that this was the second of this series, but I was excited to try it out anyways. It was a bit of a disappointment to me. Maybe because I am older, I need more out of a story, or it just was a little underwhelming, but either way it didn't work so well for me.

Of course since you are supposed to be reading as if you are the one going through it, there is no actual main character. I think that it is made that way to make it feel like you are making the choices for yourself. The "you" of the story has the option of a lot of different choices to make through the story. Depending on what you choose, it takes you to more and more decisions to make. A lot of the choices will eventually lead to the same outcomes to continue from, or the same ending. The stories were never really long enough to make me care either way what my ending would be.

It was fun to go through all the different choices and get different stories, but I just felt like I needed more. I know that in a book written in this format, it can't really be too in depth, but I thought the stories were just too short and pretty pointless. If this is a series, I don't really understand how there can be any continuation of story besides being a year older and in a new grade. Perhaps if I was reading this as a 10-14 year old I might still enjoy it a bit more, but in the hour I spent reading through the few different ways, I was bored. I was hoping that maybe one or two of the outcomes would have caught my interest, but since we know almost nothing about the character, and we are just going through their life making choices as if they are ours, it just had no way to really grab my interest and hold it. Now if it had been a high action thriller of sorts it might have been more fun, but sadly, being at a prestigious school was not.

 *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Um...I don't think I could connect with this. Very strange. Great review.

  2. Too bad this didn't work for you. I'm not sure it's one I would have liked either. Nice review.

  3. I used to love choose your own adventure books! I wonder if I would enjoy them now. I always remember they were pretty thrilling (most of the times I died), so maybe that's why they worked better than this one.

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