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July 17, 2014

Review: You Only Live Once by Bridie Clark

Title: You Only Live Once (Snap Decisions, #2)
Author: Bridie Clark 
Publication date:  April 15, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 224
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.
You Only Live Once is the somewhat sequel to Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark. I said somewhat, because it's kind of confusing as to which story is the continuation to which. In case you might not already know, Snap Decisions are the type of books that require your decision making in order to go to the next chapter or part of the story. At the end of each chapter, there is a question, with 2 choices. The reader then gets to choose one of the choices, and turns to a specific page. It's already a very short book, but because of choosing specific choices and whatnot, it's becomes even shorter and a very fast read. 
You Only Live Once was definitely more fun that Maybe Tonight?. I loved going back and forth and reading the different outcomes of each choices. In this book, the story is pretty interesting and more fun to play around with. My only problem with this series is it lacks characters and I'm unable to connect with anything. Maybe it's because of how short the stories are, but I just can't seem to personally get fully immersed in the story. 
Overall, if you're looking for a fun, short, and fast read, then the Snap Decisions are great books to read for some good fun. It's not a book full of complicated characters and plot, but just a read someone can breeze through.
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  1. Oh I like how you had the choice of which story you wanted to read, I remember loving reading books like this when I was younger. I suppose as the stories were so short, it was kind of hard to form connections, but I'm glad that you enjoyed this overall Farah! :)

  2. Oh I didn't know this was that kind of series. I never read a book in which we are the hero but I've heard of some, especially in the fairy tale genre. I kinda like prep schools so will think about reading this one. Except, the lack of connection to the characters may be a problem for me. :P I just discovered your blog by the way and think it's lovely. Love the moustache. ^^

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

  3. I have never read a book with concept like that when you pick where to go next and it sounds so exciting. I'll have to give this one a try. Great review, Farah :)

  4. Sometimes not being able to connect to the characters makes you not able to fully connect to the book. I've not heard much about this series. But it sounds pretty interesting. Great review!