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High School Story, Book 1 is the first book of the High School Story series. It is followed by High School Story, Book 2, High School Story, Book 3, and the High School Story: Class Act Series.

Summary

Welcome to high school! Will you study hard, or hardly study? Don't get too busy... Homecoming is right around the corner!

Chapters

Chapter 1: The First Day

Welcome to high school! Will you study hard, or hardly study? Don't get too busy... Homecoming is right around the corner!

Chapter 2: Party Crashers

Brian's hosting his pool party and just about everyone's invited. Will you make a lasting impression? Or will it be a swimming disaster?

Chapter 3: The Brokenhearted

After Caleb runs off from the party, it's up to you and your new friends to track him down!

Chapter 4: Consequences

When a fight breaks out in the middle of homeroom, you and your friends find yourselves sent to the principal's office...

Chapter 5: Tryouts

Emma's worked up the courage to ask Caleb out, but is Caleb ready to date someone new?

Chapter 6: Practice Makes Perfect

With the first game of the season only a week away, there's no time for the team to waste!

Chapter 7: No 'I' in 'Team'

The first game of football season is against Statton School for the Humanities, so it should be an easy win... right?

Chapter 8: Tiger Spirit

With school spirit at an all time low, it's up to you to plan the perfect pep rally.

Chapter 9: The Search

The search for the next Berry quarterback is on! Will the team find a replacement in time? Or be forced to face Hearst without one?

Chapter 10: To Catch a Culprit

Go on an investigation to catch the culprit who vandalized Ollie the Tiger! Who do you suspect?

Chapter 11: Berry's Seven

It's time for some revenge! Team up with your friends to sneak into Hearst and take their spirit stick!

Chapter 12: Rally Together

Someone has an important homecoming question to ask you! Will you say yes? Or ask out someone else instead?

Chapter 13: Game Plan

It's the night of the big football game! Can you help lead the team to victory? Or will the team lose to Hearst High?

Chapter 14: Shall We Dance?

Grab your date and your dancing shoes, because the night of the homecoming dance has finally arrived!

Chapter 15: The Beginning

Will a surprise intruder ruin the homecoming dance?

Gameplay Feature

Yearbook Photos

You have the chance to collect customized yearbook photos throughout Book 1. There are a few photos that can be obtain for free while the some photos will only appear if you make certain choices or select premium choices. In the end of Chapter 15, you can look over the yearbook photos you've collected.

Gallery

Soundtracks

The song featured at the beginning of every chapter is "First Day" by Laura Shigihara and is available on iTunes and Google Play. It is the theme song of one of Pixelberry's other games, High School Story. Visit the soundtrack page for more soundtracks from Choices.

Spoilers

  • On September 5th, 2017, it was announced that a new high school themed book was in the works through Choices' social media pages.[1] [2]
  • This is the first book that has had all of its chapters released at once with the exception of the first three initial books, The Freshman, Book 1, The Crown & The Flame, Book 1, and Most Wanted, Book 1.[3]
  • On September 8, 2017, the day after the book's release, Pixelberry released a blog post about the series. It confirmed that Max Warren was named after writer Max Doty, even though they are opposites in temperament.[4]
  • On November 16th, 2017, Pixelberry released the soundtracks of the series.[5]
  • Limetown Studios designed the book covers of the High School Story series.[6] [7] [8]
  • On September 7, 2018, Rachel Steinkamp, one of the writers for this book, released an anniversary poster for it since exactly one year ago today, this book was first published.[9]
  • On July 19, 2019, Laura Shigihara, who sang the theme song First Day for all the High School Story books and the High School Story app, sang it live.[10][11][12]


Trivia

  • This is the first book to feature a male version of a customizable protagonist on the cover.
  • This is the second series that gives a last name to your character, the first being The Royal Romance series and the third being the Home for the Holidays series.
  • The story is based on one of Pixelberry's other games, High School Story, and acts as a sequel to it, as the book takes place two years after the events of the original app.
    • Payton, Julian, Autumn, Mia, Ezra, Nishan, Koh, Kara, Max, Wes, Sakura, characters in that game, make frequent appearances throughout the book.
    • Like the characters mentioned above, the rival school, Hearst High, is also based on the rival school of the same name. Max and Kara are also students of Hearst High, a detail found in both the original app and the book.
  • In Chapter 2, the series The Walking Dead is referenced.
  • In Chapter 4, if you choose to go to the diner with Maria and afterward choose "Yeah, I've gone with a date", it will be mentioned that your character has an ex.
    • Alternatively, if you go with Michael to the diner, you both choose one song to play on repeat on the jukebox. One of the options is Tom Jones' "What's New, Pussycat". This scene seems to be a reference to the lyrics of John Mulaney's Salt and Pepper Diner.
    • In the same chapter, Principal Hughs mentions a character named "Blurble the Turtle". This is a reference to High School Story Prime that was also mentioned by writer Kathleen in a blog post from 2018.[13]
  • In Chapter 6, if you choose to play the video game with the nerds, you will be fighting against another unskilled player called KappaKutie12345. The player is most likely Madison from the The Freshman series and its sequels. This strengthens the idea that all of Choices' series take place in one common universe.
  • In Chapter 7, if Your Character is on the cheerleading team, s/he has the option to make a reference to Disney's Frozen by cheering "The cold never bothered me anyway". It will make the others laugh and thereby break some tension.
  • In Chapter 10, if you choose to look under the tree, you will find an old gas mask. When you put it on, your character will ask, "Mummy? Are you my mummy?", a reference to the "The Empty Child", an episode of the long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who.
    • In the same chapter, Your Character can make a reference to Mary Poppins by saying the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but is interrupted by Maria in the middle of the word.
  • The title of Chapter 11, "Berry's Seven", is a reference to the Ocean's Eleven film series. It is also referenced by Michael in the chapter itself.
    • In the same chapter, Emma mentions Nancy Drew. Max sings a rewritten version of the Spiderman theme song in which he replaces the word Spiderman with "spirit stick".
  • In Chapter 14, Luis makes a reference to Blade Runner but Emma doesn't understand it, so he has to explain that it's a reference.
  • Chapter 15's final scene is recycled and expanded into the opening chapter of High School Story, Book 2.
  • If you select the prom theme, 'Happily Ever After', Emma makes a comment about the Prince not choosing the waitress in the Coronation Ball. This is clearly a reference to the events of The Royal Romance, Book 1.
  • The book took place over the course of six weeks.


Click here for the walkthrough of this book: High School Story, Book 1 Choices.

References

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ChoicesStoriesYouPlay/photos/a.877688845669403.1073741828.857073994397555/1206410416130576/?type=3&theater
  2. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/905233050035826688
  3. https://www.facebook.com/ChoicesStoriesYouPlay/photos/a.877688845669403.1073741828.857073994397555/1207684682669816/?type=3&theater
  4. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2017/9/8/high-school-story-in-choices
  5. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMhTDfmh9QY1mH0PZFlZSg
  6. http://www.limetown.com.br/
  7. https://www.instagram.com/limetown/
  8. https://www.deviantart.com/limetownstudios/art/High-School-Story-Book-1-703375330
  9. https://twitter.com/RachelTheTall/status/1038080503981568001
  10. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1152416937709670400
  11. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1152416937709670400
  12. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1152416937709670400
  13. https://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2018/6/14/high-school-story-early-days
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