What If . . . Everyone Knew Your Name
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Meet Haley Miller. She’s a 15-year-old girl of average height, average weight, and an average sense of style. Installed in her first public high school, Haley faces the toughest choices of her young life. And guess what? She’s all yours.

In this interactive novel, readers lead Haley through the halls of Hillsdale High for better or for worse. Until graduation do you part. D...more
Library Binding, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

WHAT IF...EVERYONE KNEW YOUR NAME is an interesting idea. It's a lot like those Choose Your Own Adventure books you read as a kid. The story is about Haley, a fairly average fifteen-year-old girl who has just moved to suburban New Jersey and is starting at her first public high school. She starts out average, so that the reader can pretty much choose everything that happens to her as the story goes on.

You make every little decision for her, even th...more
Whitney
this book is liking finding your own destiny. you have to choose wisely when you are in high school. The book then shows you where you will end if it were real. you just have to choose what you do in the book, then read. mine ended with a happy ending it depends what you wil do and what path you will take, which really helped me in real life.
GirlwiththeBraids
Haley Miller (age 15) and her family just moved to Hillsdale where she is thrown into public high school with the misfits, populars, and geeks. Chapter by chapter, you will choose Haley’s decisions and see how they play out in her life. With one wrong step, you could lead her into peer pressure or hanging out with the wrong crowd. Going to parties, meeting new people, or making friends with the cute History teacher will change the way she thinks about things. Who does she have a crush on, should...more
Caroline
What if...Everyone Knew Your Name is a terrific book. The two authors, Liz Ruckdeschel and Sara James, make the story line ten times better by using descriptive language. Haley Miller is the new girl to the small town. The worst part of all of this is that she hasn't been to a public school before. Of course Haley is nervous about meeting friends, getting good grades, and meeting boys. She is cursed with the fact that she has just moved into the house right next to Reese, the cutest boy in scho...more
Bridget
Great! Loved the beginning and the exciting ending. I would say, that it kept you guessing on what paths to follow, sometimes, you would make the wrong dicision, and will have to repeat everything again. I love those kind of stories!
Killedbydrapery
The path I took was fun to read, but--to be honest--it didn't totally connect. I was following the path that surrounded Sasha, but the path I took at the end dumped me out with Annie/Dave/ and Sebastian when 1. I ditched Annie on the first day of school and hadn't heard from her since, 2. I hadn't really met Dave yet, though apparently he asked to interview me for his show, and 3. I had no clue who Sebastian was. Needless to say, I was following everything that was going on until the second to l...more
Emily
I picked this book up a while back, and started reading it with cautious excitement. The idea of an author taking advantage of second person POV interested me, and I was hoping maybe this would prove that it can be done well if done correctly. While this point still holds true, this book didn't prove that to me. At. All.
The plot itself is horribly cliché and unoriginal. At the end of each scenario, you, the reader, get to make a choice about what you want to do next. You flip to whichever page t...more
Cassie
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this review kind of contains spoilers. but it doesn't spoil anything important in the book so i didn't mark it as spoilers =]

When i first started reading this book, i had a feeling i wouldn't like it. i thought i would feel like i was missing something by choosing one destiny over another, however i soon came to realize i loved choosing what would happen.

what i didn't like about this book was that, the path that i went, Haley met a girl with the hood, but she was barley mentioned again througho...more
Asti
When I was a kid, I used to love reading R.L. Stine's Give Yourself Goosebumps books where you could choose what the characters did during the story by flipping to a certain page as directed. They were the only Goosebumps books I would read, and it was mainly just because I loved having control over the characters! The second I saw this book in my local bookstore and realized it was a Choose Your Own Destiny novel like the Goosebumps stories I used to read, I decided I had to check it out.

Overal...more
Michelle Arrow
I haven't read a 'Choose Your Destiny' novel for a very long time, and I just discovered this series in the back of my bookshelf last night!

What If... Everyone Knew Your Name was brilliant! You thought you knew what was the best for Haley, but then, you didn't! The storyline might've been a little cheesy, you know, new girl comes to school, she meets cute, popular guy, but knows she doesn't have a chance with him, and when she does, she blows it, then she meets her real friends and they liv...more
Em
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What If . . . Everyone Knew Your Name is one of the more interesting books on the market now days, There is really not much to say about this book.......you can't complain about the characters actions, or about what they think, because, you make the decisions all yourself!

Haley is a 15 year old girl who struggles with the same things that every 15 year old girl does, Things like friends, what to wear, when to tell people things and...more
Rachel
What if you had to move all the way across the country, move into a strange town, and have someone else make all your moves for you? While thats what happens to 15-year-old Haily Miller in, What If... Everyone Knew Your Name, by Liz Ruckdeschel.
In this book, you make all the choses. You decide whats right and wrong, whats fun and what serious and most important you decide what kind of person Haily becomes. Throughout the book you and Haily face challenging obstacles that could be the differenc...more
Katie Boehmer
What If...Everyone Knew Your Name is a great book that I would recommend to any middle school girl. This book is all about Haley as she goes through her first year of high school at her new school. In the beginning of the book, Haley moves in to her new house. This is a big adjustment for her but after she meets her new neighbor Reese and all of his friends, she knows she will enjoy her school. Then once the first day of school begins, it is your choice to decide whether Haley should hang out w...more
Jenna
The book What if everyone knew your name is a book that lets you decide what you want Hailey(the main character) to do. You read the first chapter and then it lets you choose what you want her to do next. The part I read is about a girl named Hailey and she moved from northern california to New Jersey. She has a neighbor named Reese Highland who hailey has a crush on. Reese likes hailey also so they start going out. Reese went on a spring break trip and never called hailey. She got really mad at...more
Kevyn
Haley and her family have just driven across the country from sunny San Francisco California, to...New Jersey?

Yup, thats right! Haley and her family have moved to New Jersey. And Haley has to start at a new high school. But it's different here and she will be going to public school for the first time. She's an average 15 year old girl and has a reputation to start building!

I love this book and would recommend it to anyone because of the way its written. At the end of every chapter Haley has diff...more
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
I love the What If series because you are in control of the character's decisions. Everything she does, even the minor aspects like taking the bus, have a huge impact. There are quite a few endings to get but only one that I feel is perfect (and yes, after I read the book I checked out the other endings). One of them even said that her popularity went downhill and you had to start the book all over again making different decisons though. It is a new story every time you read it so you can hardly...more
Dj M
This book was one that I would not recommend. The whole idea of this novel is that the reader chooses what happens to the main character Haley as she makes a new start and tries to get her name known. The way that the reader plays a part in the plot is by going to tdifferent page numbers at the end of each chapter that take one to different story lines. As I read this book and had to decide what would happen to Haley I became infuriated by the work that had to be put into reading what should be...more
Emily
I was so excited when I found this book. I LOVED the "Reader Beware, You Choose The Scare..." Goosebumps series. So, finding this was pretty awesome.

As for the story and such, it was okay. You're given choices about typical high school events and complications, like which boy to flirt with and whether or not to drink at the party. I remember one choice I made was to drink at a party (I think) and that was the end of my tale, because I made a fool of myself I believe it said.

The enjoyment of this...more
Katelyn Larosa
Every scenario felt cliche and unoriginal. Maybe it's because I don't fall under the target age range, but the way it's written had me grimacing as I read. I could barely relate with the main character, Haley, in any way possible, even thinking back to the days I was a 15 year old, which was only five years ago (i.e. the way she reacted to seeing the boys for the first time, her relationship with her family, her sense of style, her way of thinking). It felt very "I'm an adult pretending to know...more
Aria Love
When you think about how difficult it is planning and writing this book, you realize that this book couldn't be complete crap because the author had to actually sit down and plan everything to make sure it works. This book was very enjoyable, and I read many more from the series. It's one of those fun books, and it's interesting because you choose the main characters destiny. You can be the goody-goody or the bad, popular girl. And if all ends badly, just flip back a few dozen pages and fix your...more
Sylene
Reminds me of the Goosebumps do-it-yourself ones...
Kourtney Benion
This book is very good. I have never seen another one really like it. It is a choose your own destiny novel. so that makes it ten times better. It gives the reader the choice on a route to take to change the story. What is even better is that you can read it multiple times and it can be a different story each time, if you make different choices. The story line is really simple and fun, and its semi-relatable since it is a book about a teen for teens. I highly recommend this book.(Plus it is part...more
Xiao Yan
This is a destiny book, so the reader can choose what happens next in the book and there are many possibilities. Haley Miller is 15th year old girl who is new in high school. Her first year here, she faces several decisions and its free and open up to the reader to choose her decisions. I liked this book becasue the destiny of the character could be choosen by yourself and there were many possibliites. THis book shows the reality and many aspects of a teenager's life
Caroline
This book taught the readers qualities like being yourself. Haley, the main character, had choices along the way. When she choose to be herself, she was rewarded with things like the cute boyfriend. But when she tried to "fit in", Haley found herself with the wrong crowd, doing the wrong things, and being looked at the wrong way.

I would suggest this book to any teenage girl who is concerned about social status or fitting in with the "cool kids".
Celine Parker
The books goes by pretty fast; easy to read in less than a day. Despite the length, I love the choose-what-to-do aspect of the book and can't wait to read the next one! The first book in the series, it centers around a sophomore in high school named Haley. As she is new to her New Jersey school, you get to set her up for her high school years and choose who she becomes friends with, what parties she goes to, what after school activities she does, etc.
Theo
I love this idea of getting to choose what path the main character takes. The flaw is that there is obviously a "right" and "wrong" choice. almost seems as the authors are trying to preach to young teen girls on the good choice that will get you the happy ending. the actual story was a tad boring but it was like playing a game and trying to choose the best choice that wouldn't require a "start over". so overall it was fun
Kristen
story was good but since you only choose one path to take and there are several in the book itself, i was done reading my part of the story in 45 minutes. I read it again choosing a different path and it took me an hour.
Good book, i would reccommend reading it, but don't waste money on buying one like i did. Maybe borrow it or get it from the library.
Jessica
If I was younger this actually would have been an interesting way to read a book, but it's defenitely for pre-teens or younger. It's almost kind of sad that an author allows the reader to pick a destiny for their characters. I won't be reading anymore of these, but for those of you chick flick loving, no description, boring novels this is for you.
Olivia
this book is about Haley Miller a very average girl and guess what? with every decision she faces, you get to decide which way she goes.I extremely recommend this book not only because it is interesting to read and decide what happens (sorta) it is different every time you read it.I have read it twice and loved it both times.
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