In Choices by Martha Kennerson, we meet Kristine, an 18-year-old, intelligent young woman from a wealthy family. She appears to have everything going for her, including being a year ahead in her schooling. Looking for an adventure before she heads off to college, Kristine develops a phone relationship with her best friend Linda’s boyfriend’s brother Dennis. Dennis and his brother are up-and-coming musicians. They also come from an extremely wealthy family with ties to the oil industry.
Deciding to join Linda in Los Angeles for two months, Kristine goes with them in hopes of developing a deeper relationship with Dennis in person. Dennis is upfront with Kristine about being obligated to marry another woman, whose family is tied to his through their business. He tells her not to fall in love with him, just enjoy their short time together.
Being 18 and truly in love for the first time, Kristine finds herself swept off her feet. Dennis has everything going for him, and Kristine gets caught up in love and lust. Dennis appears to be falling for her as well. When he sticks to his guns and lets Kristine know that no matter what his feelings are, he will continue to honor his obligation to his family, she is devastated.
When she leaves for college, she hasn’t fully dealt with her pain. Deciding to get caught up in the whirlwind of social activity around her college campus, Kristine finds herself out of her league with some pretty heavy partiers who have no limits in regards to their morals. When the hosts of a party get out of hand she finds herself having to overcome her heartbreak and now humiliation. She also discovers that she has another surprise coming her way. The consequences of Kristine’s actions have resulted in creating a future for herself that she could have never imagined.