It’s no secret that I love love. When you truly love someone, whether it’s loving romantically, as a friend, loving your family, etc., there’s no comparable feeling. That’s probably why I’m so drawn to love stories, both fiction and otherwise. I’ve mentioned a time or two that I have over 500 DVD’s. The vast majority of those movies are about falling in love. My love of reading is also something I write about frequently, and if you take a look at most of the books I blog about, a good portion of them are contemporary love stories. I’ve just always thought that love is such a beautiful thing, and it brings me joy to read about how others find love or create love in their fictional stories.
My love of love is the reason I was instantly drawn to Ilyse Mimoun’s book, Choose Your Own Love Story: (Mis)Adventures in Love, Lust, and Happy Endings. If you’re familiar with the format of the Choose Your Own Adventure series (or Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography, Choose Your Own Autobiography), then Choose Your Own Love Story will be a welcome read for you. Mimoun puts the reader in charge of how his/her love story plays out. Everyone’s story starts the same: You’re in love with a guy named Greg who leaves you to be with another girl. From there, at the end of each section, the reader picks between two different paths and turns to the designated page for said chosen path, and the journey continues. My story went a little something like this:
When Greg tries to beg me for forgiveness, I give him the cold shoulder, which leads me to give online dating a try. I have quite a few trials and tribulations before ending up a with a guy that seemed too good to be true. In my head, I knew this guy was bad news, but I had to keep on keepin’ on and see what happened with the book version of me. Long story short, it didn’t work out. I met this other guy on Twitter. I meet his family. There’s lots of drama, and I end up alone. I know; it’s kind of sad.
I think the neat thing about this book is that there are twenty different endings that could potentially happen. I only went on one journey, and honestly, I don’t think I enjoyed my journey enough to go back and see what other endings there are.
When I read a book, I get emotionally involved with the characters. I make connections with characters whose actions, thoughts and feelings resonate with my own. Even though the point of Choose Your Own Love Story is to have the reader take the driver’s seat and go on a journey of love misadventures, it was hard for me to really connect with anything that was happening in the book. Even though I was the one making all of the decisions at the end of each section, I felt like the person within each section wasn’t someone I could connect with. The person in the story’s thoughts were almost a complete antithesis to mine, and sometimes, it was a bit frustrating to read because I knew the story wasn’t going to end up how I wanted it in spite of me being the one in control.
I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars. While I love the concept behind this book and the creativity that the author put forth in creating several different endings for the reader, without a true emotional connection to anything happening in the book, I don’t see myself curious enough about the other journeys to try my hand at a happier ending.
Ilyse Mimoun is an actress and comedian currently residing in Los Angeles. To purchase her book, Choose Your Own Love Story: (Mis)Adventures in Love, Lust, and Happy Endings, click here.
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Disclaimer: Thank you to Running Press for providing a complimentary copy of Choose Your Own Love Story for my honest review.