Demian's Gamebook Web Page

Item - Behind the Wheel

(Original edition)
(Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover)
(ChooseCo reissue edition)

Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 121
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) — no. 35
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Louie, Wes (ChooseCo reissue edition - cover)
Sundaravej, Sittisan (ChooseCo reissue edition - interior)
Kukalis, Romas (Original edition - cover, Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover - cover)
Morrill, Leslie (Original edition - interior, Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover - interior)
Dates: 1992 (Original edition)
July 1, 1995 (Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover)
2010 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
ISBNs: 0836814029 / 9780836814026 (Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover)
1933390352 / 9781933390352 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
Length: 111 pages (Original edition, Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover)
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.

More reviews by MrEndshiftresign

Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes, bigcobra, dave2002a, Demian, EegahInc, katzcollection, KenJenningsJeopardy74, killagarilla, killagirilla, kinderstef, kleme (Gareth-Stevens large-print hardback), knginatl (orig., large print HB, reissue, Sundance) (orig., large print HB, reissue, Sundance), marcfonline, mlvoss, MrEndshiftresign, ntar, Pseudo_Intellectual, Radical347, SuperAM2, ThaRid, toadhjo, Yalius, zat
Users Who Want This Item: aline, barryattles, bbanzai, benji2, bookwormjeff, Cyan, exaquint, Ffghtermedic, horrorbusiness, kleme, Lambchop, MasterChief, Mr ?, nelsondesign, NEMO, Nomad, Nym90, odo_ital, Ryuran333, SherlockHolmes, stock, strawberry_brite, Von Scotty, Waluigi Freak 99
Users with Extra Copies: killagarilla
kinderstef

Known Editions

ChooseCo reissue edition
Original edition
Original edition, Gareth Stevens hardcover

Please log in to manage your collection or post a review.