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Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

Packard jumps on to the rollerblading craze.

The book starts off very similar to Skateboard Champion, with a decision to be made about which group of people you'll be hanging around with.

It's clear that Packard doesn't really care for the subject matter, or at least he isn't making as much of an effort as he did with some other sports books.

The book takes some odd turns. There's a substantial branch that winds up with you pursuing a business path. Effectively no skating takes place, but you DO learn a lot about promoting a business. The highlight is that you get a bonus of 1% of the additional sales brought in one day.

There's a very long digression into a Prisoner's Dilemma scenario. Weirdly long. This is actually pretty interesting, but appearing in a book about skating... it just seems like padding.

But there is a legitimate skating-themed problem. At the big race, you believe you've seen someone sabotage another skater. The variety of results for this scenario are pleasing. However, it's remarkable that the saboteur owns up to his actions so easily.

At least a mildly interesting read, but not if you're looking for rollerblading action.

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Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) edition

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) no. 136
Item: Roller Star
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (cover)
Wing, Ron (interior)
Date: 1993

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