Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel

Who didn't love "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a kid? Show me the person - show me!

You can't because they don't exist.

Because I loved all the CYOA books - I had every one in the series - I'm way pumped to read the forthcoming book by Heather McElhatton, Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel. Basically, it's a CYOA book for adults. Here's what Heather has to say about it...

So I lay awake at night a lot and wonder if I've made the right choices with my life. I'm just your typical neurotic writer that way. So I wrote this book called Pretty Little Mistakes, which has over a 150 endings.

On the first page it's the last day of high school - and you have to decide if you go to college or travel. Then you flip to that page, read that section and go on from there. You can end up as a millionaire or homeless by the river. Stuck in a sex cult or an happy marriage. You might become a movie star, a bored housewife, an art thief, a witch, an evil chocolate maker, a murderer, a homicide victim, a Jamaican drug dealer, a porn star, a devout Christian, an Italian shoe designer, a volcanologist, a bar wench, a news reporter, or an orchid farmer. You might end up having accidental sex with a monkey. (It happens.) I'm not even kidding. These are just some of the things that might happen to you in my book.

you travel the world. you join a sex cult. You kill your rapist. you have an abortion. you don't have an abortion. you find the love of your life. you don't find the love of your life. you find out you are gay. you find out you are not gay. you have lovely children. you have monster children. you are killed by sharks. you are killed by choking on a peach pit. you die in your sleep. you die in a car crash. you go to heaven and God is a woman who smokes cigars. you go to heaven and God is a squid. you go to heaven, which is a library filled with answers. you go to heaven, which is this world in reverse. you go to hell, and watch your own personal blooper reel. you go to hell, which is the Mall of America.

So I'm just warning you. The book isn't for everybody. Come to think of it - you probably shouldn't read it - it's pretty messed up.

How clever is that? I loved messed up things and I've always wanted to be a Jamaican drug dealer. (As for a bar wench... been there.)

Click here to be Heather's friend on MySpace. And click here to visit her website. And click here to pre-order the book - it comes out in May.