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What If . . . Everyone Knew Your Name (What If... #1)

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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
Library Binding, 352 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
When I was younger, about 11-12 years old, I used to read the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Remember those? What happens in the story is completely up to you. You make the choices; you choose which path to take all the way up to the ending. I would always go back to the beginning and start all over to try to get a better ending. The very first CYOA book I read was The Worst Day of Your Life (#100). I think I died in a tornado.

Flash forward to today and to a series called A Choose Your Destiny
Rebecca McNutt
What if... there was a book so hokey and melodramatic that it made Hallmark and Lifetime films look good?


What if... it had a cardboard cutout clone for a main character?


Well, What If... Everyone Knew Your Name is one of those books that schools place discreetly on the library shelves for teenage girls to read so that they don't feel so alone, but of course it's so normal that it's its own abomination, filled with shallow characters, boring subplots and nothing to make it relatable or genuine. Un
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really, really good. What I loved most about it was that you could pick what you wanted the character to do in certain situations. Which was cool because you get a different ending every time you read it. It doesn't have a lot of drama or anything like that but it has just a little bit of mystery on boys and school, plus popularity which plays a big part. I would recommend this book to teens from 8-12 grade for what its based on and the type of grammar used in the book. For a rating ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love choosing what to do in the book. I love Haley's character because she is new but she still gets people to actually like her and make friends in the first week she gets to her knew house. I kind of like Coco because she's a basic mean girl. The book kind of reminds me of the movie Mean Girls because Haley's the new girl who becomes friends with the popular girls who run the school. I love that there's some romance going on but that it's not the main focus. I loved this book and have read m ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lukas Santos
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having a book that has the element of "choose your destiny" is extremely out there and highly difficult to make since authors need to have multiple chapters at the right places at the right time to make up the right storylines for those options. This book is a decent read, but I feel like it's a bit too harsh for the reader to go all the way back to the beginning of the book just because he/she has made a bad choice and ended up with a bad ending. If the reader made it up that way, so be it. The ...more
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