What first piqued my curiosity about this little book was its comparison to Choose Your Own Adventure books (as mentioned on the back cover and in the Introduction of the book).
When I was in Junior High School, I read Choose Your Own Adventure books exclusively for two reasons. First, the books were fun because the reader got to act as the main character in the story and actually make plot decisions that would alter the story’s outcome. Second, the books were deceptively short, since you only read a fraction of the scenarios included in the book. And that was particularly nice for a twelve year old kid who would rather play outside than write a book report.