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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
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 27th 2006)
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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!
Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Em (The Book Butterfly)
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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 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
Michelle Arrow
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 li
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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
Katie Boehmer
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Stolz
I had been wanting to read this series for a while because i had seen it on goodreads for a while saying how this was a good book and how it was suggested to me. Overall this book was pretty good it wasn't my favourite but i will definitely read more of the series when i get the time. This is a choose your destiny book meaning that at the end of every chapter it says something like this, turn to page 90 if you want Haley to sit with Coco and all of her friends, or sit alone with Annie and all th ...more
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
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty terrible. Every character was shallow and stereotypical, including Hayley. It was poorly written. Worst of all for a 'choose your own adventure book', when you selected your choice and moved to the numbered page, it didn't even make sense. A few times I went back to check to see if I had read it wrong and missed a bit - but no - the story jumps around. The point of this book seems to be that you are supposed to make Hayley "popular" with the correct choices.... Boring, clich ...more
Katelyn Larosa
Nov 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, romance
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
Dj M
Nov 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Kate
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. This is a book far from what I was expecting. I bought this book looking for a clean interesting read but it proved far from it. I looked up review even before I read the book however no one seemed to mention the questionable content such as harsh language and sexual scenes not even mentioning all the parts I didn't read. Even aside from that this book showed little character and left a gross feeling of sadness wen it left. It would definitely b on my not to read list. sorry to b so harsh. B ...more
Aria Love
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertaining
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
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
Kourtney Benion
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book seemed poorly written. The skip to pages were jumpy and they sometimes lacked info. This was the first book I read like this, so maybe that's the norm, but I did not like it. I also found the book rather inappropriate. I have rather high morals with what I read, and I almost didn't even finish reading it. I had done a bit of review research before I read it and had my doubts from the get-go. I skimmed the other options a bit, and found them to be even worse than what I had. Please, don' ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-if
As a choose your own destiny book, this book can keep you entertained for hours. Many different combinations and results, no two read-through's will be exactly the same. Compelling and very funny, get ready to fall in love with all the characters such as Haley and her weird family I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend to anybody who is in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary.
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