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Item - Serena's Secret


Series: It's Your Choice — no. 2
Authors: DeVault, Christine
Strong, Bryan
Illustrator: Ransom, Robert
Date: 1987
ISBN: 094181632X / 9780941816328
Length: 80 pages (plus "About this Book" notes)
Number of Endings: 7
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: The reader tries to help Serena make decisions about drinking alcohol and shares with her the consequences of each decision.
Demian's Thoughts: This is probably the best (and thus least unintentionally amusing) book of the series. While it definitely lacks subtlety from time to time, it doesn't go too far over the top in terms of writing or illustration. The book uses the same setting (Rosemont High) as the previous volume, and Christy, the main character of the next volume, shows up briefly in this one. The most notable thing about the book's game design is the fact that the reader actually makes choices for two different characters: Serena and her would-be boyfriend, James. This is somewhat interesting, but, combined with the third-person writing, it really distances the reader from the roles of the characters, making the consequences of the choices less thought-provoking than they might have been in a first-person book.

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