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Multiple Choice by Janet Tashjian

Multiple Choice (1999)

by Janet Tashjian

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Booktalk draft: Monica has made up a game that only she plays. It's called multiple choice. She's just been invited to a party and choice #10 has 4 options: read p 84. Monica makes her choice by pulling one of four Scrabble letter tiles out of a little bag (bring Scabble tiles). And whatever letter she's chosen, ABC or D is what she has to do, no matter what. Even if it means wearing her pajamas to school. Monica had to make up this game because she is a perfectionist who obsesses about saying and doing the right things. When her obsessing starts to get out of control, playing multiple choice helps Monica feel better. And the game works...until Monica draws a letter for a choice that...(finish).
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
In an effort to become more "spontaneous," Monica devises a Multiple Choice device using Scrabble letters. She thinks this will help her make more interesting decisions. But her obsessive behavior patterns force her to slavishly follow the dictates of her game - with increasingly dangerous consequences. Well-written, and compelling (pun intended). Teens respond to this realistic look at a common behavior problem, and also benefit from the examination of choices and possible results. ( )
  MerryMary | Nov 5, 2008 |
I'm surprised I haven't heard of this author before now; based on the questions at the back of the book it sounds like she has written several novels before this one. Monica Devon is a perfectionist to the point that her desire to always do the right thing and make the correct choice start to affect her ability to just enjoy life. Her solution to decision making, which she devises about halfway through the book, is to use four Scrabble tiles linked to four choices, and randomly draw one from a bag. A is always a normal choice, and something she might have done anyway. B is something completely absurd or zany, C is something mean and out of character, and D is something charitable or generous. At first, making decisions this way seem to provide freedom from worrying, and she actually enjoys the game, but later she follows the rules of the multiple choice game during a time when she should have trusted her intelligence and instincts, and a serious accident occurs as a result. How Monica deals with those consequences, and how she figures out who she wants to be make up the remainder of a great book. Any adolescent who has spent time obsessively worrying will be able to empathize with her plight. The story is easy to read and engages the reader from the first page to the last. ( )
  JRlibrary | Jun 7, 2008 |
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Many thanks to:
a) All the research librarians who pointed me in the right direction - especailly Kathy Killeen in Needham.
b) Brendan Connell for his anagram expertise.
c)Arlyne Harrower for nurturing my love of language.
d) Wilfred lajoie for instilling a love of games and puzzles.
e) Luke Rhinehart for sharing the gift of chance.
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I wish my brain were a toaster.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439174848, Paperback)

For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams and a perfectionist who obsesses about saying and doing the right thing. Seeing no other way out from her compulsive nature, she creates ³Multiple Choice,² a roulette word game that will force spontaneity into her life. At first the game is exciting, but soon it gets dangerous. Fortunately for Monica, help is closer than she thinks.

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Monica, a fourteen-year-old perfectionist and word game expert, tries to break free from all of the suffocating rules in her life by creating a game for living called Multiple Choice.

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