Multiple Choice

Book review by
Lynn Prime, Common Sense Media
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Strong depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byxx__book.geek.26__xx March 30, 2015


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,... Continue reading
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'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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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