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Behind the Wheel

(hardback)
(reissue)
Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #121
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) #35
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Kukalis, Romas (cover)
Morrill, Leslie (interior)
Louie, Wes (reissue cover)
Sundaravej, Sittisan (reissue interior)
Release Dates: 1992 (original)
2010 (reissue)
ISBNs: 0836814029 / 9780836814026 (hardback)
1933390352 / 9781933390352 (reissue)
Length:111 pages
Number of Endings:11
MrEndshiftresign's Thoughts: D

Weird. Majorly weird. The whole italics/mind-reading mumbo-jumbo make this a very bizarre read. And for a man who loves writing about auto racing, Montgomery has some of the car makes wrong, just don't remember what they were exactly. (Wait a minute. I think he referred to an "Alpha Romeo" in some passages. Jog my memory, please!) So here you are, another kid whose parents aren't quite getting along, so you mosey over to Europe and meet up with your cousin Hubert to prepare for a revival of 1950's F1 and hillclimb racing. Some baddies led by a character named Raoul (famous line - "Remember, I am your friend!") want you to throw the big race, while you read their mind along the way and learn valuable lessons about life and mind-reading or whatever Montgomery called it. And pardon my French (no pun intended) because I think the ending where Hubert abruptly decides to sell his vintage cars and give the money to charity is the most downright (bleeping) preachy Montgomery ending of all time. I have no problem with giving large amounts of cash to charity as long as the cause is sincere, but realistically, would such a roadside epiphany as what Hubert and the main character saw change your mind overnight? Epic fail. You have to wonder what Montgomery's main point is - celebrating the glory of old-school auto racing, or condemning car collectors as people with too much money to spend when it should be going to help out the right causes.

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