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Product Details

  • Series: Alice (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689870949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689870941
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mistakes and quarrels, big and small, drive the plot in the twenty-second novel in the popular Alice series about coming-of-age now. In high school, Alice, 16, is preparing for the PSATs, but what really worries her is that some members of the mean, popular crowd have labeled her Miss Goody Two-Shoes. Are they right? That may be why she risks going home with hot Tony, who, condom ready, tries to go all the way. Is he just adding her to his long list? And anxious to escape that dull, good-girl image, she is sorry to find herself acting mean toward slow, needy student Amy. At home what makes Alice feel really bad is her shameful invasion of privacy when she inadvertently eavesdrops on Dad and her stepmom having sex. The dialogue is right-on, and whether it is the risk of irresponsible teen driving or the farce of her older brother's mix-up with his girlfriend, teens will love the funny, honest, nonmessagey drama on the edge. Hazel Rochman
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About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and the Alice series. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

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It's one of the best plots in the series yet.
Nia Mia
It's definitely the best ending to any of the books in this series so far, and it went a long way towards redeeming the book for me.
kaduzy
I especially like the way that Alice gets along with her relatives.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kaduzy VINE VOICE on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In the latest installment of Naylor's Alice series, Alice finally goes into the "teen rebel" mode that every adolescent experiences in one way or another. This book finds her riding a motorcycle with a stranger (and without a helmet!) during school hours, going the furthest sexually that she's ever gone with a boy, and having her first real fight with her stepmother, Sylvia.

Usually, Naylor really hits the mark when it comes to putting herself into the head of a teenaged girl -- however, I believe that in this book, she's hit her first major stumble. For one thing, Alice is far more self-aware than any teen I've ever known. During her fight with Sylvia, she realizes how unreasonable she's being, and she apologizes almost immediately. During the motorcycle ride, she keeps thinking how stupid it is to have accepted the ride, instead of just hanging on and enjoying it. I believe 16-year-old girls are perfectly capable of self-awareness, but I also know from personal experience that extreme selfishness trumps all of that in the teenaged mind. When I was 16, I always thought I was right when I started fights with my mother, and it usually didn't occur to me until long afterward when I made a poor, or dangerous decision. This is the same behavior I've observed in other teens even as I grew older. (I'm 24 now.) It would have been nice to see this kind of self-righteousness in Alice, but it seems that Naylor has put the task of teaching her readers a bunch of heavy-handed lessons ahead of accurately portraying the thoughts and feelings of a teenaged girl. She even stumbles with Alice's vocabulary. I have never known a 16-year-old, no matter how advanced they are academically, to use the word "shall" in casual conversation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nia Mia on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished the book, and all I can say is "Oh. My. Goodness." I don't want to give away too much, but I will give you bullet points to mull on: Tony and Alice(WHOA), Alice and Sylvia(sad, but about time!), a scene involving Alice hiding in a closet(I was rolling with laughter), and the ending(I jumped up and down on my bed for about a half hour yelling "Yes!" over and over). These are just a few of the things that go on in the book, that made me want to start reading it all over. It's one of the best plots in the series yet. There is not one Alice fan, who is going to want to miss this. It really was worth the wait and the money. You'll be begging Phyllis to come out with the next installment much sooner than expected. I hope everyone has as much fun reading it as I did. I'm not too worried, though. You will ^_^
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.H.B on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An avid fan of the Alice series for over ten years, I was quite blown away by this latest installment of the series. Though the tone of the books has gradually been changing to reflect the reality of growing up, the change of tone in this book is especially noticeable. Here Alice is moodier, more serious, and more confused than in previous books. Naylor, as always, does an excellent job of making you feel as though you are inside Alice's mind. Throughout the book the tone is very personal and you experience everything right along with her. There are places in the book where the tone is conflicted or fickle and you experience her confusion and frustration and places where it is frank or nervous and you feel her embarassment. The situations she finds herself in are also heavier and more serious here, resulting in some shocking situations and realizations that I thought had a powerful effect without seeming forced or overblown. One thing that I thought was especially well done was the way she used two of the situations-what Alice witnessed between her father and Sylvia and her later experience with Tony-to provide a sharp contrast; another was the way she developed some of the characters from Alice's old gang to show that they were growing apart. That's not to say it was without its lighter moments; there are a few funny and fun situations and the always highly entertaining exchanges between Alice and Lester, though there didn't seem to be quite as many of them this time. I should note that because of the seriousness of the tone, the very real, frank descriptions and focus on some of the more difficult parts of being a teenager it is not an easy or comfortable read; those looking for something lighter might want to stick with the earlier books.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It's wonderful! I have only one recommendation: Unless your very mature for age, don't read it until your at least 14. There are some things in there that aren't appropriate for younger kids. Otherwise, it was the best I've ever read! Read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By knobbyreads on May 19, 2007
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I've been a diehard Alice fan since I picked up "Alice in Rapture, Sort Of" when I was in elementary school. I've followed Alice's life for the past ten years. Honestly, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor dropped the ball with the last Alice book, Alice on her Way, which read like a long, (boring) diary entry about what she did that summer. Nothing significant happened, and the tone of the novel was not as spirited as the junior high school Alice. But PRN redeems herself with this new book, giving us Alice fans more of an insider look at what it means to be a sixteen-year-old girl (including peer pressure, making bad decisions, and contemplating sexual activity). I noticed that Alice's voice is a bit more confused and muddled, now, but I'm not sure if that's because the author intended it to be that way (teens and their self-identity crises!) or if it's because Naylor is running out of steam.
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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.

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