I used to love the idea of these books as a kid, but was always deeply disappointed. I also went through a phase where I read those Fighting Fantasy books, which was like a Choose Your Own Adventure but played with dice. Except I always cheated - cause who's gonna know?
More here. (check out the Deadwood one on page 5 that I am not posting here because of Delicate Young Eyes)
Also, I am guilty of six of the 20 most overused things in YA literature. The shame.