Go Ask Alice

Paperback - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Go Ask Alice
A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2006, c1971
Edition: Simon Pulse ed
ISBN: 9781416914631
Branch Call Number: FIC G
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 18 cm.


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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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Feb 17, 2015
  • Fantasylover2001 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Its a very good book in my opinion I learned from it and the book kept me going and when I wanted to stop I couldn't I just wanted to know more about what is going to happen next

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!

Jun 11, 2014

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.

Aug 06, 2013

I was so excited to read this book, but once I started I was really disappointed. You could tell it wasn't written by a teenager, it got to the point where I was bored. I would skip through the pages looking and waiting for it to get good. I feel like whenever the author didnt have anything else he would write about dumb stuff that didn't need to be there. He never goes into detail on the drug experience and he always brought up stuff dealing with animals, which personally I didnt like. I felt like the book dragged on and the character got whiney.

Jun 27, 2013

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”

May 16, 2013
  • TikkaDubey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This wasn't the BEST book there is about drugs, but for me, unlike the person who commented at the very bottom, I felt like it's possible that this COULD have been written by a teenager. I'm a teenager myself, and I picked this book up because the summary in the inside cover was interesting to me. It was about an hour of reading for me to finish it, and in that time I discovered things I hadn't known before. The book COULD be a bit too informative at times, but it was chilling, and it gave me a sort of inside glimpse of what it could be like to be in that girl's shoes. It carried a good message, and I think it was possibly written by a teen, since I know quite a few teenagers who speak the way the book is written and express their thoughts in the same way. Interesting story, in all.

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
  • danni7514 rated this: 4 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.

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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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