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Multiple Choice

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  351 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams, and a perfectionist who spends most of her time obsessing about saying and doing the right thing. Now at fourteen, Monica's compulsive habits have spiraled out of control. Seeing no other way out, she creates Multiple Choice, a roulette word game that will force spontaneity into h ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 1999)
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Jan 29, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, my compulsive sister
I found myself entranced by the sickeningly compelling game Monica comes up with; making any decision on her own is too difficult and frightening, so she makes up four disparate options, assigns each a letter (A,B,C,D), gives her Scrabble tiles a good shake, and depending on which letter she picks out of the bag, follows through with that decision. How giddily freeing that would be, to be able to say, "It's not me! It's the universe!" Monica is one of those characters I always wish I could hug s ...more
Mar 19, 2009 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 07, 2016 bella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a decent read, but this book feels extremely outdated. (probably because it was published before i was born. i digress.) i wasn't a fan of how it handled some things, and the resolution felt a bit unrealistic in my opinion... but whatever. (bonus: it's full of anagrams and rebuses.)
Grace Choi
Jan 27, 2014 Grace Choi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monica Devon is a girl who worries, is obsessed about everything that goes on in her life and is the anagram geek. But then, this bad habit of always trying to reflect on the things she should of done or said gave her no choice but to make a Multiple Choice game. This was the game which she would make 4 choices to choose from, a through d and she would pick one from the bag. Whatever the outcome was, she would have to follow it, there was no exception. Sometimes, the outcome came out great, but ...more
kind of a strange book but i didn't hate it. a teenage girl trying to find herself makes up 4 choices every day and then picks a scrabble tile to pick which one she'll do. So one day she goes to school in her pjs, the most dangerous one is locking the kid she babysits in his room and he ends up getting hurt. it was an okay story but I went away from it not uplifted.
Riley Stapley
Sep 07, 2015 Riley Stapley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Multiple choice by Janet Tashjian was a different book. It is a book about a girl named Monica that obsessing over everything. Monica has to have everything perfect, at the beginning she Has to fix beanbags to be the exact weight. Her biggest task was to stop obsessing over everything
So Monica made up a game called the multiple-choice game. She would decide what would be for each letter and whatever she picked she would have to do. She made some very bad choices. So she goes to look for help
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 a ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where I zoomed through, and then after reading it, started to comprehend what happened. Can I just say that so many things in this book bothered me? Like why would you give the kid your kaleidoscope, as well as lock him in his room?! And why would her whole friendship be over just because she called her friend stupid?! Drama much? And why would you choose to hurt your friend as an option? I mean, the game was okay, UNTIL she did that. It was dumb. It frustrated me. How ...more
Dani Chakra
"98.762 percent of my time is spent obsessing. About what? EVERYTHING."

Fourteen year old Monica Devon has been an anagram whiz for as long as she can remember. A perfectionist by nature, she finds comfort in the concrete solvability of word puzzles. But her obsessive nature has only gotten more intense over time. When her mind starts filling up with worries and fears, Monica fights to reign in her thoughts and calm her racing mind. But it's not helping. No one seems to understand what's going on
Maddie Mashek
Apr 22, 2013 Maddie Mashek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this book 4 stars.

The book "Multiple Choice," is about a fourteen year old girl named Monica who obsesses about anything and everything 98.782 percent of the time. She is extremely intelligent and can complete word puzzles in very little time, by taking phrases and unscrambling them into different phrases. In the beginning of the book, Monica takes us through her everyday life, and exactly how MUCH she obsesses. She has a brother and a sister, and while assisting her mother for their bir
Breanna G
Sep 28, 2010 Breanna G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting.Its about this girl named monica that is obsisive bout being perfect,she makes up this game called multiple chioce.The game comes out to be a bad game it makes her do some stuff she dont want to do.Like write something bad about her bestfriend lynn, and locking this little boy she takes care of in his room nd then him jumping out of the window nd hurting his eye.She thinks her life is horrible and that she wants to die.She wants to stop odsessing about stuff and sh ...more
Katherine Kurowski
It was okay. I was more upset with the character than anything. It drove me insane reading about her sometimes stupidity!
But the anagrams and stuff were pretty neat!
Confusing, but interesting, new, different, word games included. A thoughtful book, with overachieving characters. Sensible and light.
May 27, 2014 Aiyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book. While the term OCD is never used, it's obvious that the main character struggles with many of its symptoms. In an effort to reduce her anxiety about making the right decisions, perfectionist Monica decides to hand her life over to random chance, inventing the game "mulitple choice" and forcing herself to follow through with whatever it tells her to do. When the consequences of this approach finally become too serious, however, Monica begins to realize that her self-made soluti ...more
Vejas Vasiliauskas
You know how people often ask you what your favorite book is, and you don't know? I would say this one was my favorite. I was going through a hard time emotionally when I read this, and I felt like I could relate to Monica. Not to mention that it was interesting to see what Monica's choice was going to be. I have to say, a crazy game but still very creative.
I also found it interesting that Monica was into anagrams. I never knew that there was such thing as an anagram generator until I read the e
Aug 02, 2010 Merredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book from the bargain used bin on Saturday, and finished it by the next day. It’s a quick read, and technically intended for a younger audience, but I think that adults such as myself would be interested as well. This is first person, about a 14 year old with (undiagnosed) OCD, and her struggle to be herself. I always like reading about different/weird people, since I am one myself, and absolutely identify. The whole thing with her friend was unresolved, which was my only fault ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry. Anyone who has every had a problem shutting off their mind and not thinking about past mistakes will be able to empathize with the main character in this book. We all have to make choices in life but for those people that hate to make mistakes and fail, making decisions is hard. This book would be a good read for a teenager that feels they have to be perfect or has a friend that feels that way. It is easy to feel unloveable until you learn to take the baby steps needed to ...more
Stephanie A.
The idea of a girl allowing her life to be ruled by the draw of Scrabble titles both horrifies and fascinates me, and this book is where my interest in OCD started. For a while I even tried playing the same game (my takeaway from books is clearly spot-on), albeit without ever actually doing anything dangerous or problematic, but gave up when it got too hard to think of options. Still, I read this 10 years ago, and the tile imagery has never been forgotten.
Hong Deng
Dec 01, 2007 Hong Deng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends

This book is really amazing. It's about this girl who always obsessed everything. She created a multiple choice game. Every time she wants to do something she will make up four choices one she normally do, one she would never do,one she thinks is really crazy and one she has to sacrifice a lot. She thought that by doing so, she won't be a perfectionist anymore, but......(Read the Book to Find out!)
Sandra McLeod
Aug 17, 2009 Sandra McLeod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels
As a clinical psychologist for over 31 years, I could easily relate to Monica's suffering. Driven to desperation by her obsessive-compulsive disorder. she invents a game she calls "Multiple Choice" which she hopes will free her from her obsessive thinking and behavior, but the game itself becomes an obsession and only ends up complicating her life even more.
Read this book in high school and forgot about it. Well, I forgot the title, I always remembered the story because it was so crazy. It kind of made me want to decide my life with Scrabble pieces, then I wouldn't have the stress of actually having to think for myself, or the responsibility of consequence.
Feb 01, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I found totally disturbing... But couldn't stop reading. I still can't play a game of Scrabble. Completely freaked me out, it was as if I could feel this girl slowly driving herself towards insanity. I read this almost 5 years ago, and it still has an impact on me. Crazy.
Jun 04, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-ya, ep, kimdle, 2016
3.5 stars

The concept of multiple choices A-D makes sense to my chaotic, anxious brain. Thus I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. The target age is middle school, but I feel I've read other books intended for the same audience that had so much more depth than this one did.
May 31, 2012 Dara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Marissa Murphy
Jan 28, 2012 Marissa Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Uses scrabble pieces for A B C D and will choose a piece out of a little sack to make decsicions for her, she thinks her life is too simple and wants to shake things up.
Rachel Miserlian
This book brought out very physical emotions in me - punching the book when Monica did something wrong, stroking the cover when she did something right. Loved it!
May 23, 2009 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this book kind of in the beginning of the school year and it's good! probably my favorite genre of books if realistic fiction so this fit perfectly.
Dymenne Etheridge
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It's been 6 years since I last read this and I still remember bits and pieces of the plot. I want to check to see if it was really that great.
Nov 14, 2011 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for a half an hour. And finished the book, I really like how it ended. And how eventually everything ended up working outfit Monica.
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Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, ...more
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