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Product Details

  • Series: Alice
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (September 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743469038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743469036
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The first day of ninth grade is looming, and Alice is anxious. "When I think of all the embarrassing things I'll probably do, all the humiliating stuff just waiting to happen..." she laments to her big brother Lester. Luckily, Alice has the undying love of her perfect boyfriend, Patrick--or does she? There's a perky new girl in town, and Patrick doesn't seem to mind her attentions at all. Plus, with all the activities of high school, such as reporting on the newspaper, homework, friends--not to mention Alice's weekend job, her concerns over her father's love life, and her friend Elizabeth's shocking revelation--Alice may not be spending as much time as she'd like with her beau.

In the thirteenth title of her popular Alice series (The Grooming of Alice, Alice on the Outside, and Alice in April, etc.), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor deals sensitively and humorously with the painful blow just about every teenager receives sooner or later: the first heartbreak. Multiple side stories thicken the plot, as when kindhearted but misguided Alice invites three female ex-cons to Thanksgiving dinner... and neglects to tell her dad and brother. Alice is, as always, funny, strong, and yet vulnerable; adolescent readers will definitely relate to her as her self-confidence rises and falls with every passing day. (Ages 12 to 15) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's well-loved adolescent everygirl returns as a ninth-grader in Alice Alone. Here Alice unhappily though perhaps not permanently breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, Patrick, and then, as everyone gossips about it, strives to follow her dad and older brother's advice to put up a brave front. Subplots include the reappearance of her father's rival for the hand of his fianc‚e and the disclosure that one of Alice's friends was molested in childhood.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I guess I've been writing for about as long as I can remember. Telling stories, anyway, if not writing them down. I had my first short story published when I was sixteen, and wrote stories to help put myself through college, planning to become a clinical psychologist. By the time I graduated with a BA degree, however, I decided that writing was really my first love, so I gave up plans for graduate school and began writing full time.

I'm not happy unless I spend some time writing every day. It's as though pressure builds up inside me, and writing even a little helps to release it. On a hard-writing day, I write about six hours. Tending to other writing business, answering mail, and just thinking about a book takes another four hours. I spend from three months to a year on a children's book, depending on how well I know the characters before I begin and how much research I need to do. A novel for adults, because it's longer, takes a year or more. When my work is going well, I wake early in the mornings, hoping it's time to get up. When the writing is hard and the words are flat, I'm not very pleasant to be around.

Getting an idea for a book is the easy part. Keeping other ideas away while I'm working on one story is what's difficult. My books are based on things that have happened to me, things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imaginings. The best part about writing is the moment a character comes alive on paper, or when a place that existed only in my head becomes real. There are no bands playing at this moment, no audience applauding--a very solitary time, actually--but it's what I like most. I've now had more than 120 books published, and about 2000 short stories, articles and poems.

I live in Bethesda, Maryland, with my husband, Rex, a speech pathologist, who's the first person to read my manuscripts when they're finished. Our sons, Jeff and Michael, are grown now, but along with their wives and children, we often enjoy vacations together in the mountains or at the ocean. When I'm not writing, I like to hike, swim, play the piano and attend the theater.

I'm lucky to have my family, because they have contributed a great deal to my books. But I'm also lucky to have the troop of noisy, chattering characters who travel with me inside my head. As long as they are poking, prodding, demanding a place in a book, I have things to do and stories to tell.

Customer Reviews

This 13th book is really good. i loved reading it.
Yujin
I don't know how Phylis Reynold Naylor can see inside the mind of a teen so well (at least in my opinion), but I love all her books!
V. Bogan
It's definitely the best young adult fiction I've read in a long time.
"mangoprincesa"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read the whole Alice series and I must say that SO FAR, this is my favorite Alice book ever. Ms.Naylor gives us another look on love, and it's realisitic how Alice's jealousy of Patrick's new love, Penny gives the reader more interesting thoughts to turn the page quickly.
Chapter one ends with a beautiful hug from Patrick to Alice and a special gift he promised her in The Grooming Of Alice. I'll never forget how much I cried when I read the chapter called "Heart-to-heart" where Patrick expresses his undying interest in Penny and his control over his 'space' and 'his own life'.
This book takes a dramatic turn when Pamela and Alice find out a tragic secret from their best friend's past that causes her to be 'saint liz' The best friend's secret will explain partly the whole Alice series, and is the most shocking eventful book ever. Read this! Thats all I am going to tell you...READ IT NOW..ITS REALLY REALISITIC..oh and please vote me for "One of the helpful votes ever" :) Thank you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was great! I finished the book the same night I got it! I wanted to finish it, so I wouldn't let myself fall asleep until I did. I was tired the next morning, but I didn't care...I finished the book, and that was all I cared about. You might want to have some tissues ready if you're the sentimental type. Some major stuff happens with Patrick and Alice - stuff everyone has been through, or will go through at some time in their life. Elizabeth's secret is bad, too, but I can't say more than that, cause that will ruin the suspense! Alice manages to come through with a clear voice. The emotions she has to go through speak so clear to everyone, that you will feel like you're Alice. Your not reading about her...you'll feel that you are her. Once again, Alice comes through clearly with feelings we all understand and have, but still manages to get through a message to us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By liz on August 18, 2001
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This HAS to be my favourite Alice book yet; out of all thirteen! Alice has to endure the change of going into High School, but with with her two best friends, manages pretty well. Alice's boyfriend, Patrick broke up with her to go out with this other girl, Penny. Oh, how I despise her. Alice is really bummed. This book is funny, touching, and is laughable as well. The suicide watch thing was hilarious!!!! Once again, Phyllis nails this book. Just think, we have to wait till May 2002 to read her next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2001
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Phyllis Reynolds has now written 13 Alice books and every one is better than the last. Alice Alone was a very quick read because I enjoyed it so much. The only problem I had with this book is that Patrick didn't seem sad at all. Here Alice is, crying her heart out, having her friends start a suicide watch for pete's sake, and Patrick starts kissing Penny almost immediatly after they break up. And I really liked him. I found the whole thanksgiving/cons plot line rather boring and pointless (Alice time) and Lester was hardly even in this book. Phyllis should keep treking with these books (I'll be 27 by the time she writes the last book!) but please don't put Alice with Sam. I don't like him for some reason. Whenever I read about him, I feel kind of sick. But Alice should date other guys. Maybe someone new? Mark? Brian? Donald Sheavers? I liked Alice Alone, but I enjoyed other Alice books more, I think. Just read it and make up your own mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has done it again, writing an exceptionally poignant story on Alice, her friends, and her relationships with others and herself. As Alice enters high school, she begins to realize that not everything will stay the same as it had in middle school. A new girl at school, Penny, becomes interested in Patrick, and her self-esteem about everything begins to diminish. Over the course of this book, Alice learns to trust her friends and herself. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has managed to write yet another Alice book (thirteenth in the series) without making Alice shallow or self-absorbed, like most teens are portrayed in the media today. The consistency is what makes these books so attractive to young readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alice Alone is really, truly good book. It's the story about alice where she just starts high school and feels like she might have a good year when it suddenly turns around. There's a new girl in town and takes a liking to Alice's boyfriend immediately.While she tries to adjust to this, she hears disturbing news about her dad's fiancee and tries to balance that too. Alice learns how to trust and have confidence in people.
This book is very emotional and when I read it a second or third time, I find it hard to hold the tears back. I'm in eighth grade but I'd recommend this book to high school, middle school, maybe even 5 and 6 grade.It seems so real when you read it, it's hard not to feel like your Alice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "daisygirl51901" on June 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Alice is finally starting highschool. She has everything a lot of girls wish for. A great boyfriend, two awesome best friends, and a cool dad. But one girl,Penny wants what Alice has. She wants Patrick to be her man. Penny's flirtatious ways eventually make someone fall for her. Alice is left devastated. And even though you know she won't be alone for eternity, you feel the anguish she does and that every girl(or guy) does when someone breaks their heart. Alice learns that even when your life seems like there is no tomorrow, there is and if you just live day by day, you will put your life back together. A funny touching story, Mrs. Naylor never lets her readers down.
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