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My Two First Loves is one of the many books in Pixelberry's Choices: Stories You Play collection. Unlike most books which release new chapters once a week, this one released new chapters daily. Of note, this is by far the longest book in Choices history, with an even 100 chaptersnote .

Your senior year of high school starts tomorrow. Can you work up the courage to tell your best friend you're in love with him?

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  • Abusive Parents: Emma's father is of the emotionally abusive variety. It takes very little to set him off, from his daughters expressing their opinions to outright refusing to pick them up from the police station, leaving them in jail overnight. Mason's father isn't much better, continually pushing him to follow in his footsteps, and calling him a disappointment if he so much as goes against his wishes.
  • Alpha Bitch: Lauren, who is constantly nasty towards Emma and everyone else.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Lauren, Elijah, and Principal Jennings.
  • Betty and Veronica: The book has clean cut childhood friend Mason as the Betty and bad boy Noah as the Veronica, with Ava coming in as Cheryl Blossom.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In a premium option Emma can admit Lauren really is a talented cheerleader but points out that she’s so lazy she doesn’t bother to learn the routines.
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  • Childhood Friends: Emma and Mason, who have been best friends ever since they were little kids.
  • Coming-Out Story: A subplot of the book is Ava’s gradual discovery that she’s a lesbian and has feelings for her best friend Emma.
  • Content Warning:
    • The beginning of the book warns that the story explores themes of sexual orientation, racial tensions and violence.
    • A warning pops up in Chapter 41 saying that there is violent police brutality and offers readers the chance to skip the scene in question. This marks the first time in Choices history where you are given the option to skip a triggering scene.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Chapter 58, Principal Jennings destroyed Mason's model airplane collection and nearly evicted him when Mason snuck out at dawn to help Emma take pictures for her photography project.
  • The Ditherer: Emma, in spades. Much of the book is taken up by her indecisiveness regarding her feelings between Mason, Noah and Ava, turning the book into one big Romantic Plot Tumor. At one point, Ava even tells her that she needs to pick someone before she loses her chance to be with anyone.
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  • Dummied Out: Hidden among the game files are Ambiguously Brown appearances for Noah and Elijah.
  • Gay Option: Ava, Emma's best friend who realizes she's into girls.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted, maybe Double Subverted. It turns out that Elijah was only faking turning over a new leaf after he steals the money raised in the silent auction, and then gives it to his mom so she can take her family on vacation.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The names you edit for the Main Character, Childhood Crush, Best Friend, and Bad Boy respectively are Emma, Mason, Ava, and Noah. The only thing that's set in stone is their last names. With that, their canon names are Emma Price, Mason Jennings, Ava Lawrence, and Noah Harris.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Lauren, who is implied to have locked Emma, Mason, and Noah in the gym overnight to set them up for embarrassment. She is punished by Principal Jennings when Elijah points out that it was negligence on her part since she was in charge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Elijah, who is shown to be putting in a lot of effort to win back his brother’s trust. It turns out he’s only after the money raised in the silent auction.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By the end of the story, Principal Jennings has been arrested for his crimes and Lauren has had her college scholarship revoked. Elijah may also be in prison if you chose to turn him in.
  • Love Triangle: Between Emma, Mason and Noah. Later chapters add Ava into the mix.
  • Missing Mom: Emma’s mother passed away when she was a freshman, leaving the family’s relationships in disarray.
  • Police Brutality: Chapter 41 not only contains a realistic depiction of police brutality, but also has altered dialogue if Mason and/or Noah are not white.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Subverted with Emma and Mackenzie. It at first seems like they might be this with their dad constantly putting the two against each other and hailing Emma as a golden child. However, the two get along well and eventually call him out on it.
  • Totally 18: After Pixelberry received backlash for possibly portraying minors in a 30-diamond scene, they revised chapter 55 so Emma states that she, Mason, and Noah are all eighteen after Elijah claims they are minors.
  • Wham Episode:
    • In Chapter 91, Principal Jennings is exposed for all of his crimes (during a tribunal he intended to have the main characters expelled in, no less). The following chapter shows that he has been arrested, removed from his position as principal, all the punishments he gave Emma, Mason, Noah, Ava, and Mackenzie have been reversed by the new principal and Mason disowns him.
    • Chapter 95. After a Love Triangle storyline lasting for months (both in-universe and out), Emma finally gets to pick who she wants to be with. The decision she makes in this chapter will be permanent, preventing the other two love interests from being romanced from this point forward.
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