Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

Janet Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)




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 her life, and, she hopes, free her from her obsessions. It seems so easy--create a list of options, choose a Scrabble tile, and carry out the act. At first the game is exciting and somewhat liberating. But soon it starts to go devastatingly wrong. Fortunately for Monica, help is closer than she thinks.

With a distinctive voice full of both humor and realism and a mastery of detail, Janet Tashjian reveals marked insight into the dark corners of a troubled teenager's mind.

NYPLT Books for the Teen Age, Indiana Young Hoosier Award, NYPL Books for the Teen Age


Multiple Choice

(I'm on top of the world!)

I wish my brain were a toaster.
That way I could use it when I wanted to, and when I was done, I could pull the plug and shut it off.
The reason...


Praise for Multiple Choice

“Enjoyable” —Publishers Weekly

“[E]nlightening, insightful novel.” —Booklist

“Tashjian's story is as absorbing and cleverly constructed as a challenging word puzzle. . . .The situations are realistic, and Monica's 'Multiple Choice' questions add suspenseful page-turns. Readers with obsessive tendencies will especially empathize, but all adolescents can appreciate the book's basic message -that it's okay to be yourself.” —The Horn Book

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is the author of Tru Confessions, which was named a New York Public Library Best Book for Teenagers, and was hailed as a "reinvention of the diary format" in a Publishers Weekly starred review. She is also the author of the Redfeather Chapter Book Marty Frye, Private Eye, illustrated by Laurie Keller. Ms. Tashjian lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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