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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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07/23/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: Experience Pipeline"

Experience Pipeline
by Quinn Haber
Published by Casagrande Press
ISBN-10: 0-9769516-3-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-9769516-3-6

Review by Kris

Our esteemed editor, Ginger Mayerson, picked up this book at BookExpo 2008. On the page where she listed the books available for review, she mentioned that she was surprised that there were surfers at BookExpo. The book they were promoting was Experience Pipeline by Quinn Haber.

In Experience Pipeline, you are a surfer competing in the Pipe Masters tournament at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. It is the final heat. It's just you, your two other competitors, and the waves. You can run into any risk, like being attacked by sharks, meeting sea turtles, plowing into coral, etc. What will become of you? Will you win? Will you be injured? Who knows? Check out Experience Pipeline.

Experience Pipeline is a choose-your-own adventure type book with a twist. Instead of allowing your brain to choose which page to turn to next, you leave it up to chance by flipping a coin. Not knowing where your fate leads you, like the wave itself. My almost twelve-year-old niece and I decided to check out this book together since this book is geared toward young adult readers. We read through it three times. Our first pass through we won and signed a pro contract, our second try we died, and our third time we came in dead last and sustained a foot laceration. One of the other reasons why I wanted to check out this book with my niece was to find out her opinion on it. Her first comment was she liked the cover material. It's covered in a textured, slippery material, and I have to agree with her on that point. It is cool. Her other only comment was "It's awesome!" But that's all she said. She wouldn't expound anymore.

Now in my opinion, I thought that this was a very clever way to introduce surfing to those of us who live in the landlocked states of the country. My chances of ever learning how to surf are quite slim because it takes a very, very long drive to get to the ocean. With Experience Pipeline I can lie around my house armed with my book and my coin, I can be a pro-surfer in Hawaii. Quinn Haber's writing style is clear, concise, and exciting. You could hear the waves crashing, crowds cheering, and your heart beating in your ears. To aid in the understanding of the lay of the shoreline, a few diagrams were placed at the beginning of the book along with descriptions of what you'll see. Another helpful aspect of the book is the glossary in the back. I had to use it a couple times to check out a few terms I didn't know. When I was younger I loved the choose-your-own adventure type books, which is why I decided to pick up this book. It was a lot of fun reading and I'll continue to play around with it, with or without my niece because it's just too much fun!

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