Katrina L. Burchett
Kapri Books (2007)
Reviewed by Mary Johnson (age 15) for Reader Views (11/08)
“Choices” is a story about five teenage girls who live in the city of York, Pennsylvania, and how they all have one issue in common………teen sex. .There’s Angel Nichols who tries to fill a void inside of her that her workaholic mother doesn’t notice, by dating a guy who basically is a complete waste of breath. Next is LaKeeta Wilson, who has strong faith in God but, doesn’t always listen and purposefully became pregnant out-of-wedlock. Bridgette Anderson who obeys God and practices abstinence, but she judges people who don’t follow in her footsteps. Hope Patterson who lived a very sheltered life because of her controlling mother who tried to mold her daughter into the perfect Christian and Hope never even heard the word sex until her father died. Shauntice Johnston who has faith in God, but not in men because of her abusive father; after she starts to date, everything changes.
Katrina L. Burchett did an excellent job on “Choices.” She didn’t confuse me with her storyline and always added details to what she said. The only thing I found hard to understand in “Choices” was the Ebonics. But, it helped give life to the characters; after all if they all spoke perfect English it wouldn’t be the same.
I recommend “Choices” for anyone who knows about sex. Not just people age 16 and over because as the times change; kids change and learn about the subject at earlier ages and hopefully the message in “Choices” will prevent a teenager from getting pregnant. They should know that there are consequences to the choices you make. “Choices” definitely is for everyone. I also think grownups could read “Choices,” as it might give them help when they are talking to their children about sex.
“Choices” by Katrina L. Burchett is an excellent book. I’d recommend it to all of my peers. Hopefully it will change someone’s life when they read “Choices” and help them make better choices in the future.