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August 06, 2013

Review: Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark


Title: Maybe Tonight? (Snap Decisions, #1)
Author: Bridie Clark
Publisher:
 Roaring Book Press
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher (Raincoast)
Format: ARC
Pages: 224
Maybe Tonight? opens as the reader is getting ready for the most exciting party of the year—Midwinter’s Night Dream, set in the frosty woods just off campus—with her roommates and best friends Annabel Snow, Spider Harris, and Libby Monroe. Choices unfold quickly and the reader must decide which risks to take in pursuit of social status, adventure, success, and love.
Without even realizing it, Maybe Tonight? was one of those choose your own adventure books! I, being the childish person I always am, loved this idea! I thought it was SUPER cool for an author to take a gamble on something we rarely see in young adult books. I loved that the readers were in control, and the reader kind of gets to choose what they want to happen. Sometimes it doesn't turn out exactly how you want it to be, but hey, you can always start over!
I can't say this was much of a book, but maybe short stories is the right word for it. It was confusing when I first finished my story because I was like "what, that's it? that was fast", but that's why I call it short stories. I tried more than one direction, and got a lot of different endings. Some were happy, some were unexpected, and some were cute. I don't think there is ever an end to this, because there is like a gazillion different directions you can take. I can't really write a real review, because each person might have gotten a different ending when reading Maybe Tonight?. I have to say though that I really enjoyed the characters. It felt like I was the one in the story, and that was really cool to experience. There is a bit of romance, a bit of friendship, and a bit of drama. Exactly what most contemporaries consist of.
Maybe Tonight? was a really fun book, and it was what I needed at the time I started reading it. It is definitely a great summer read that you can start and finish in one sitting. It's fun how it's also like a puzzle where you can go back and choose another direction and so on. The writing was a bit hard to get used to with the "you" instead of the usual "I", but other than that, I thought it was loads of fun! I would recommend this book to those who aren't too picky with the storyline, and those who are looking for a chill, fun read! I'll probably be picking this up again and trying different directions to see what new plot lines and endings I get! haha!

10 comments:

  1. This does sound like it would be a fun read. I haven''t read one that gives choices for things to happen. Great review.

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  2. I agree, it was a fun read. Nice and fast without much depth. I jumped around too, but mostly not on purpose. I think my story ended and then I was like "huh? that can't be it" so I'd go back and read another direction. It was definitely entertaining!

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  3. This is definitely different. I've never even heard of it.

    Thanks for the heads up, Farah.

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  4. That is a really unique idea! I remember I read Hardy Boys mysteries that were like this. I need to give this one a try. It sounds really interesting and fun! Glad you enjoyed this, Farah! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  5. I used to love those choose your own adventure books. I also always tried all the combinations. Kind of curious to try this now!

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  6. The choose your own adventure concept is something I've always liked! You're right though, it's not something we usually see in YA. I'm glad you liked it here well enough. This is new to me, but you definitely have me curious now. Fantastic review as always! :)

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  7. Oh! I haven't read a choose your own adventure since I was a kid - how fun!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  8. I've never read a book where you can choose your own adventure and impact the way the story goes. Sounds original and fun. Great review, Farah. :)

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  9. Haha yay! Glad you enjoyed it :D hehe I know it was a little confusing getting used to the idea that the main character was in fact YOU but it was still a lot of fun :) Great review!

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  10. I've heard so much about these new choose your adventure type ebooks! You make a good point about them being a lot shorter than normal because of the different options, but I guess rereading them would never get old haha great review :)

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