Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

by Claire Cook

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Multiple Choice by Claire Cook

A More Magazine Don't Miss Pick! By the New York Times bestselling author of Must Love Dogs.

"Her quirky voice and sense of humor are as strong as ever."--The Orlando Sentinel

"very funny...with plenty of giggles."--The Hartford Courant

March Monroe and her daughter Olivia are going to college. March knows that Olivia is going, naturally, since she and her husband have just made their first exorbitant tuition payment. But Olivia doesn't exactly know the arrangement . . . yet. Imagine Olivia's surprise when one day she shows up for training at a local radio station and finds out that one of the other interns is . . . her mother.

"Cook has a gift for telling an entertaining and funny story that is light enough for a beach read, yet weighty enough to get under your skin and into your heart. Her characters are quirky and inconsistent, good-hearted folks who make mistakes and have regrets, but none of the damage is lasting. Love and forgiveness beat out hate and revenge." --Patriot Ledger

"Cook's ability to make families foibles ring true -- and funny -- ensures a delightful read."--Library Journal

"Claire Cook infuses her novels with that sassy kind of off-beat humor that makes you giggle, shake your head, and then keep reading. And isn't that what you want a beach book to do?"--Florida Today

"Cook's characters are delightful and quirky, and the storyline is fast paced and lively with just the right touch of humor and romance."--Fresh Fiction

"Nobody does the easy-breezy beach read with a lighter hand than Claire Cook."--Hartford Courant

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149929825
Publisher: Marshbury Beach Books
Publication date: 09/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 306,231
File size: 405 KB

About the Author

CLAIRE COOK wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the New York Times bestselling author of 15 books and a sought after reinvention speaker.

If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER too late!

Claire has reinvented herself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, as well as writing her first nonfiction books, Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old and Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way), in which she shares everything she’s learned on her own journey that might help you in yours.

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Scituate, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 14, 1955

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia


B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University

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Multiple Choice [With Earbuds] 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy books written by Clair Cook. She is the author of Must Love Dogs. This is the story of March Monroe. Her daughter Olivia is off to college. Her daughter doesn't know it at the beginning, but March has also started college. Not at the same college, but they do end up interning at the same local radio station. Of course, Olivia is not happy at first to see her Mom on "her territory", but they work their way into an understanding. Later, they end up being a mother/daughter team on a radio show. Enjoyed seeing each woman come to terms with their own journey at their particular age. I didn't like the way Olivia first treated her Mom. She was a bit "bratty" and i was glad when she calmed down some towards her Mom and showed some understanding. This story can be read by women of all ages. (I almost wish more of the story would have focused on how the show went after it got it's feet of the ground...)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Claire Cook's writing. She is humerous, intelligent and touches on emotions we all share in by the time we reach our 40's. I have read all of her books and will continue to do so. However! Her books get shorter and shorter. This one didn't even break 200 pages. My primary complaints are: Getting too predictable. Either no children, yearns for children, gave up having children because of selfish ex. Has children and one is unrealistically perfect and one -the daughter- is over-indulged and flippant to the point of caricature. The cast of characters is pretty predictable and repetive - only the occupation of the protagonist has been changed (usually). The dilemmas they each face is also predictable - usually a cheating boyfriend/husband and abandonment issues or happy but staid marriage and meets an interesting guy but finally realizes husband is for keeps and life is good. This particular story had me cringing about the amount of money wasted by suburban middle aged yuppy-types on cars, food, clothes and other non-essentials. The family prepares to fork over$40,000 for said annoying daughter's first college year and never has a thought about less fortunate kids who are finding higher education to be an unattainable dream. So Claire, climb down off your cloud and write the thoughtful, meaty book we know you are capable of. Think The Shell Seekers with attitude.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
I admire anyone who is willing to go back to college. In this case, March just wants to get her degree to prove that she can finish something. Olivia (the daughter) is a spoiled, little brat, who doesn’t like to share. So what if your mom is at the same internship. And March, like any other mother that’s lost connection with her kids, wonders and overanalyzes the descent and fall of the family ties. Somewhat witty and full of family drama--lots and LOTS of drama--it’s really not that funny. This is really a story for those bored, suburban house moms; not for me.
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clejtd More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book. I read it right after Christmas when my brain was fried from all the holiday stress! It was just what I needed. The mother constantly did things that I could relate to my life. It also made me feel good to relate and know that I'm probably not the only person out there always running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw that the overall review was four stars from other readers I figured I would give this book a try. I feel like it didn't really go anywhere, I didn't connect with any of the characters on a deep level and I felt that if I would write about my day to day life the book might not have been much different. I really did not like the part where there was this other guy that she would fantasize about all the time and then in the end everything was fine with her and her husband, I mean wouldn't you feel guilty, wouldn't there be some things you could work on to strengthen your marriage if there was another man you were fantasizing about? I really did not like it and would not recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a great start but as the story goes on it's getting way too boring for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't connect with any of the characters. Slow moving....skipped to the end, read the last couple pages and felt like I hadn't missed anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Multiple Choice was a no stress easy read. Something to take your mind of work at the office. I liked it for the simple fact that it was good for a laugh or two and lacked any heavy subjects. Sometimes a book without affairs, murder and revenge, can be a nice break. It was well written. I'd recommend it for your summer beach bag.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty formulaic TV sitcom stuff but the author does try, so for that here's two stars. Put more thought into it the next time, Claire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't plan to sleep tonight if you start this novel after dinner. You'll have a very hard time putting down this charming yet truth-ringing story of family reallignment when Olivia, daughter of March and Jeff and brother of Jackson, leaves for college. For anyone who has left home or has had to deal with a child leaving home, this witty book is a must. Cook's great talent lies in writing a wonderfully easy read about a not-so-easy subject. This book wil flt by, but its themes -- a family in flux, mother/daughter tensions -- will be with you long after you close Multiple Choice. Read it with your mother, your father, your sister or brother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad this book caught my eye. Maybe it's because I have an 18 year old, but this book had me smiling and nodding my head the whole way through. I can only hope the rest of my summer reading is this much fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is a delight from start to finish. No one knows mother daughter angst better than Claire Cook. No one can write about messy family life with such wamrth and heart. All readers are in for a treat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Claire Cook's Must Love Dogs, which I just read is going to be a movie starring Diane Lane, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her new one. I was hoping I'd like it just as much, but I think this one is even better, and I could see this one on the big screen, too. This book made me laugh out loud so many times -- no dogs but a very funny kitty litter scene. And the multiple choice questions at the start of each chapter are hysterical. Definitely my favorite beach read so far this summer.