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Go Ask Alice

(Paperback - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Go Ask Alice
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A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
Statement of Responsibility: Author anonymous
Title: Go ask Alice
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2006, c1971
Edition: Simon Pulse ed
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 18 cm.
Summary: A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
Subject Headings: Drug abuse Fiction Diaries Fiction Teenagers Drug use Fiction
Topical Term: Drug abuse
Diaries
Teenagers
LCCN: 99219857
ISBN: 9781416914631
1416914633
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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This often challenged book made the top 10 in 2001 & 2003. Probably due to its blunt portrayal of drug use by a teen in the 1960s.


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Jul 14, 2014
  • Bscianno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love this book, there is not another book that I would recommend as highly as this.

Jul 13, 2014
  • Navy_Dog_123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is one of the deepest books i have ever read. I never knew that a teenager in my age group can go through such things. I feel some sympathy for the main character, Alice, as she goes through her journey with drugs. I recommend this book to all teens. I would give this book Five Stars!

When I read the reviews before reading this book, I was bent on liking the book to spite the others. But after reading the book, I realized all the reviews were right. I could tell the book was not written by a teenager, but most likely by an adult who wanted to write a book that would touch other drug-abusing teens. It's not worth the time.

I only read this book because it was a favourite of a friend of mine. Similar to Beautiful by Amy Reed, I wish I had not even bothered to check it out although I did watch the movie afterwards. I was hoping seeing the book in motion would make a difference. It didn't.

Go ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks is a captivating yet somewhat dark novel. The story revolves around a teenager Alice. Alice has always been reserved, quiet and has always lived by the rules. Then, at a party everything changes. It starts with a soft drink laced with LSD, and from there she is sucked into the downward spiral of drugs all in just a few months. Alice pours out all of her feelings in her diary and slowly the reader sees the changes in her. As we enter her dark life we see how she is trapped into a life with drugs. This book is very powerful, with great morals and an interesting plot line. Many people say that the author exaggerated the symptoms of drug abuse and found the book to be a bit preachy however; I felt it was realistic because sadly, these things do happen. I could also sympathize with Alice, she was only 15 and I felt like she had no idea what she was getting herself into but when she was hooked on drugs, it was downward from there. I found this book to be realistic as well as honest and raw. The novel was a bit depressing but it had many themes and covered issues such as drug abuse, homelessness, rape and prostitution. I recommend this book to teenagers or mature readers as some parts are disturbing and there is some language. I also found the title very fitting. “Go ask Alice” is a lyric taken from the Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit”. The song is explaining how drugs can affect you, told through stories relating to Alice in wonderland.

“Go ask alice
When she's ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call”

Mar 29, 2013
  • hiking1957 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a hard sad subject. That our youth should ever have to go through something, anything, like this is so so sad. That she didn't feel that she could really tell anybody everything about herself was just heart breaking. I can only hope/wish that this is getting better and not worse

Mar 28, 2013
  • danni2888 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! The only problem is that I don't believe that this is a real diary of young girl. The writting style changes and doesn't sound like a teenager wrote it at times. Seems fishy to me.....

Feb 27, 2013
  • nishantanu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Read it when I was in high school and I still remember that book clearly decades later. Harrowing account about drug addiction and it made me so sad at the end. Book worth the read to teach one about the reality of drug addiction.

Dec 20, 2012
  • DancingRaven1983 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book when I was in middle school it is my ultimate favorite book. It is very educational and I agree it should be a must read in Middle and High School as part of the curriculum to educate students on what could happen if they follow that road.

It is a very touching story and I will be getting my children to read it as well when they get to either Middle School or High School.

Five Stars.

Oct 17, 2012
  • ARamos123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a good book. I found the story touching. It really does teach you a life lesson,but since It was a diary I thought it would've been more personal. I know it's a true story but there were some parts I found boring. I was devasted and suprised when I found out that the girl was found dead in real life. In a way I think " Wow she went through all this just to be found dead". Again I say it's a good lesson because you would think she's better in real life and someone just published her story but it's not. It's a short book. Read only If your very instrested. Three Stars.

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Jul 14, 2014
  • Bscianno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • Navy_Dog_123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • blue_crocodile_289 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 27, 2013
  • blue_seastar_74 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 14, 2012
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Sep 14, 2012
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Jun 21, 2012
  • caitlynsta rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 15, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A harrowing story about a 15 year old girl who falls into the wrong crowd while trying to please her parents and everyone around her. The raw emotional turmoil really will never let you forget Alice.

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Jul 28, 2008
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Jul 28, 2008
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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