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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Binge drinking, date rape, family secrets, and teen pregnancy collide in Choices, a compelling and bumpy coming-of-age journey that hurtles fifteen-year-old Kara MacNeill into a state of panic, fear, and confusion.

A sophomore at an all-girls Catholic academy in Colorado, Kara finds herself crossing the line into womanhood after an arrogant high school basketball star rapes

Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Book Publishers Network (first published April 28th 2007)
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Janet Leszl
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
This novel has a great deal to offer. HOWEVER, from the very beginning of the novel, it presents a one sided, PRO-ABORTION RIGHTS viewpoint. Characters with PRO-LIFE opinions are depicted as unthinking, small-minded religious drones.

The story is written from the point of view of a young teen in a believable way. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy as the result of a single instance of binge drinking & date rape, the novel explores the emotional tumult the young girl experiences.

If an adult i
Lonna Pierce
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A powerful story of the aftermath of date rape and pregnancy at 15 for Kara, a girl at a Catholic high school in Colorado who is damaged by an 18-year old basketball star. An excellent book for any teenage girl to think through the consequences of their choices, and realize they are not alone in responsibility, nor are they alone when help is needed.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In this novel for young adults--with something valuable to say to older adults, as well--Kate Buckley has had the courage to take on subject matter few will touch. As evidence: after a long search for a traditional publisher, Buckley had to self-publish for her story to see print. While none of the traditional publishers denied the quality and value of Buckley's writing, all were squeamish at backing up a topic that continues to ignite a furor among those who are pro-life and those who defend a ...more
Katrina Burchett
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Kara MacNeill disobeyed her father's strict rules so she could spend time with Jake Dodson. She chose Jake over her friends, thinking she was too mature for them. She even broke a vow she had made with her friend, Mel, to please Jake, but he led her down the wrong path and she paid a price for wanting to fit in with him and the so-called popular crowd.
There is so much I didn't like about this story. I felt so bothered after I read it and I was still bothered when I woke up the next morning. It
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
CHOICES is a YA novel that discusses some very serious topics; underage drinking, date rape and abortion. Buckley did an amazing job representing the teenage girl and their struggles when it comes to friendships, dating and coming of age. I was immediately drawn into the story and Kara (the main character) was a girl I was rooting for. Being a teenage girl is not an easy time in life and CHOICES helps to identify some of the struggles that we as parents, educators, social workers, and friends ne ...more
Kathy (grogan)
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one night, couldn't put it down. A real page turner, which gripped me from the get go, scared to death about what choices Kara would make and how they would affect her life. Kate's characters were so alive and true. Kara's mother realizes she can no longer view the complexities of a woman's right to choose through the single lens of her anti-choice group. Thank you, Kara, for helping your mother see the light and bringing her into the 21st century! Buckley's ability to be ins ...more
Rebecca Davis
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story. Great character--the kind you keep thinking about long after finishing the book. This protagonist deals with date rape, binge drinking, pregnancy, and the ensuing choices that are the toughest a person has to make. Kate Buckley handles these tough issues deftly. Every teen girl--and every person who knows a teen girl should read it. So should every teen boy, to get some insight into how all of our behavior affects those we touch. Great read for the sake of the story itself.
Roni Thomas
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was a pretty good book. About how it is like to make big decisions at a young age. There was a lot of things I didn't like about the book. Most of it was that the book was just to long and in the end it didn't need the last few chapters and I would have been okay with it. The story just dragged on to the point of boredom.
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Kate worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, developing and writing screenplays about women's issues. After receiving her MA in Human Development, Kate worked as a teen advocate in the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women’s Teen Abuse Prevention Project. She also trained to be part of the LA Commission’s Rape Crisis Hot Line team. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and PEN ...more
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