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Go Ask Alice Paperback – January 1, 2006
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"The Boston Globe" ...a book that all teenagers and parents of teenagers should really read.
"School Library Journal" This novel in diary form powerfully depicts the confusions of adolescence. Its impact cannot be denied.
"Library Journal" An important book, this deserves as wide a readership as libraries can give it.
"The New York Times" [This] extraordinary work for teenagers is a document of horrifying reality and literary quality.
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It was entertaining, I love how almost every one of her sentences is punctuated by the word "man" and how she gets "caught up" in the drug world and laments about how much she hates not being high on drugs. It's not going to stop anyone from trying drugs, but Go Ask Alice is an interesting look at what adults in the 1970s thought their teenage children were up to, and the "Reefer Madness" of its generation.
First off, I'm gonna say that you can't go into this thinking it was actually a real diary because it just simply is not. It's been ripped apart by people saying a teenage girl would normally ramble on more about boys and idle chit chat, but in the books defense who would actually read it then? It's clear it's not real, but let's be honest with the exception of Anne Frank, no one is interested in a reading a teenage girls diary.
It does have it's ups and downs, and I did get attached to the main character, but so many times I found myself wondering where it was actually going. It gets near the end and she's doing good and I was just happy with how things were working out for her. Then, in the last entry she just kind of adds, as an after thought, that she doesn't think she'll keep a diary forever because adults don't need to, even though she makes it clear she doesn't feel like an adult yet. Really just out of no where she mentions adults don't need to write in diaries and suddenly she's done. It felt like the author (Beatrice Sparks) wasn't sure how to end it/ got sick of writing and just kinda tossed that in there. And then there's the epilogue. And you're left with a, "where did that come from?" feeling. Again, she didn't work it in very well, and jumped from one extreme to the next.
This may be a spoiler so if you really don't want to spoil the ending don't read this part, but after the book ended I could think of only one thing. If you've ever seen the movie Mean Girls, during the sex ed. classes the gym teacher says "Don't have sex, you WILL get pregnant, and you WILL die." I feel like Beatrice Sparks is that gym teacher's mother. "Don't do drugs, you WILL die." That's really how sporadic the ending felt for me.
All in all, I didn't hate it, but it could've been done a lot better.
This is the story about a young girl, name Alice who is struggling with normal teenage issues, like school, friends and family. The real story begins when she goes to a party where she is unknowingly, introduced to LSD and finds herself quickly wanting that next high. And so begins Alice’s journey with drug addiction and her attempts to stay clean. Follow her journey as she resists the forces that keep pulling her back in, in the form of her own choosing and those made for her by the people she once considered her friends.
If you are looking for a fairy tale ending, then this book is not for you. However, if you want a glimpse of the struggles and truths that addiction causes, read this book. It’s a truth of what can happen. It’s something that could easily have been me, you or anyone else. If you are a parent, guardian or grandparent: I hope that by reading this book, you might better understand addiction, know the warning signs and talk to your kids. These kids are our future and that is a lot of pressure for anyone to deal with. I’m glad I was too lazy to go grab the book I was supposed to be reading.
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