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Strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Playing a dangerous game to try and cure herself of her emotional problems, Monica endangers a child's life.

Violence

Monica loses a friend, and is desperately remorseful after causing an injury to a young child.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a realistic portrayal of someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clever writing, using word games as both plot element and plot device, and strong characterizations make for a story with appeal to middle-schoolers who don't need lots of action to keep them interested.

What's the story?

In an attempt to control her obsessive thoughts, fourteen-year-old Monica creates a game of Multiple Choice that she desperately hopes will allow her to become a normal teenager. Instead, each round of the game leads to ever more dangerous and destructive actions. A strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but the solutions are too easy.

 

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The book realistically portrays the constant fears of someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Monica's friends, siblings, and parents -- even her beloved grandfather -- all love her but don't get it, and Monica is so wrapped up in her imperfections she is increasingly unable to cope with her life. The plot is solid and the characters believable, for the most part.

This novel tackles a difficult subject and does a good job of making Monica a sympathetic character. For a child who is just obsessive, the book offers some plausible solutions; but for someone with the true disorder, the answers here are too easy. Monica moves out of the depths quickly, which may relieve some readers and worry others who are much more mired in their difficulties.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Monica's attempt to help herself. Does her made-up game seem like a good idea at the beginning? What's wrong with it? Families also can talk about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Book details

Author:Janet Tashjian
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Bt Bound
Publication date:March 1, 1999
Number of pages:186

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Kid, 9 years old April 17, 2011

tweens and younger teens

i think its a little to violent. but hey theres nothin else to worry about
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byTteel January 20, 2009

It was a great book!

I think that this book is a great book it is amazing. I thought is was an easy book to read and i loved this book. I think that this would be a great book for teenagers between 12 and 18 just because they can relate to it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byxx__book.geek.26__xx March 30, 2015

Understanding

I read this book when I was 11. When I first read it, I didn't have much of an understanding as to what Monica was facing as an OCD middle-schooler. Then, I re-read it a few weeks ago (at age 13), after I got a slight understanding to what she might be going through in the book. I would say this book is appropriate for ages 12+ because that's when kids might start understanding the struggles for OCD children. However, parents, if your 12-year-old comes running to you saying they found a book to read and it's this book, explain to them what OCD means and how life is hard for OCD students.
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