MULTIPLE CHOICE by Steven Kroll

MULTIPLE CHOICE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jason Deering's ""multiple choice"" is between two girls--sexy, beautiful but dull Eileen from the wrong side of the tracks; and cute, funny, smart Jenny from the right side. Jason just can't seem to make up his mind--when it comes to girls, he's fickle. But the simplicity of this problem belies the complexities of the novel. There's much more going on here, including the interactions of people in a tiny Maine town where everybody is interested in everybody else's business. And when a stranger shows up, a series of events is set in motion that helps Jason to take a look at himself and make some important discoveries. Jason and his friends are well-drawn characters and the setting--especially the descriptions of Maine as town turns to winter--is memorable, but the story is like an overloaded plane that never gets off the ground. While Jason is deciding between Eileen and Jenny, he becomes caught up in a mystery involving Matt, his best friend. Ultimately, all ends are neatly tied up, but the romance and the mystery never quite mesh; other problems, such as Jason's shaky relationship with his father, are glossed over. Nevertheless, an entertaining, warm portrait of a likable teen learning some tough lessons.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1987
Page count: 149pp
Publisher: Macmillan