YMMV: Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Ass Pull: On a few occasions, the good and bad endings came out of nowhere.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Some of the good endings merely consisted in the main character surviving, or stopping the Big Bad temporally. Others were way too open and ambiguous.
  • Narm: Happens sometimes in some of the books, due a poor choice of words for the endings, weird descriptions and strange illustrations.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many, many of the "death ending" illustrations, especially considering that these books were written for a young audience. As if the detailed description of your demise wasn't gruesome enough. A good sampling of some of them can be found here.
  • Values Dissonance: In one of the endings for Your Code Name is Jonah (aka Spy Trap), you decide to quit your job as a spy saying "I want to study whales, not exploit them." Your boss responds by saying that "It's not done! It's unpatriotic". He eventually accepts your resignation but then concludes his fuming with the bottom line: "But don't think for a moment that being a spy is immoral. After all, we are the defenders of freedom." Today, it would be hard to not feel embarrassed for him. It must be remembered that in this 1979 book, you are in the role of an American government agent versus the Russians.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: See the Nightmare Fuel entry above. Despite being aimed at kids, the series had lots and lots of Family-Unfriendly Violence.