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CHOICES by Deborah Lynn Jacobs

Who hasn't wondered what could happen if you could go back in time and change a decision? I know in my own life there were times that I knew my life would be changed with one choice. And once I made that decision there was no turning back.

What about the possibility that your life can shift into different worlds? That's what faces Kathleen in the book, CHOICES.

Kathleen anguishes over the fact she might have been responsible for the death of her older brother. Then she finds herself shifting between worlds with each decision she makes. There is one stable thing in each reality, another time shifter, Luke. Kathleen feels comforted around him. Her friend Jen warns that he's a predator.

With each decision Kathleen makes-comes another reality. In one she's Kay, where her mother is coping with the death of her brother with alcohol. In yet another she's Kathy.

She wonders if she can go back to her brother in another universe where he might still be alive. At the end it's up to Kathleen to trust her instincts to see where she'll end up.

I enjoyed this story! I couldn't help wondering what would have happened if I'd been like Kathleen. Would I want to go back and redo some of my choices? Where would I be now if I had done things differently?

This has an interesting premise which will have the reader guessing what will happen with each of Kathleen's choices. The author shows a realistic portrayal of a teen not sure she's losing it or suffering from Post Traumatic Syndrome from the death of her brother.

The whole Luke scenario kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't know whether Kathleen should listen to her friend Jen and avoid him or follow him.

I'd recommend this book to those who like not only a quick read but a book that makes you think about the choices we do make.

CHOICES is a Cybil nominated book.


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Dec. 1st, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, this sounds really intriguing. Thanks for your review!
Dec. 1st, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
CHOICES sounds intriguing. I enjoyed POWERS, also by Deborah.

I enjoy parallel world stories--I even wrote one, DOUBLE VISION, which also explores the choices people make. Mine is more action-mystery though while this sounds like it deeply explores emotions. It's fascinating how different authors handle similar topics -- and I look forward to reading CHOICES. Thanks for the review!
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