Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparksi read this in high school and went oh my god...im never doing acid and then went how can anyone pretend this is a real diary?! and then ate lsd-laced peanuts, locked myself in a closet, pulled out all of my hair and woke up three weeks later in a hospital bed...what happened? crap crap crap...this book is crap. plotline:
1. im a good girl
2. im going to a party...with boys...haha
3. ill have a beer
4. i might as well try a joint
5. cocaine is awesome. what a fun fun double-fun night!
6. lsd! san francisco! rape! lsd! im hungry
7. mom dad take me back!
9.im never doing drugs again
10. the subject of this book died three weeks after her decision not to keep another diary...
so yeah, fake. people dont turn into junkies an hour after their first beer. american youth, dont fall for this hoo-ha!
***its funny how uptight people have gotten about this review: its the only book thats managed multiple its for the betterment of our youth comments. a) i didnt miss the anti-drug sentiments. b) is fearmongering the best way we can come up with to keep kids from becoming drug addicts? that makes me sad inside
Go Ask Alice Overview
Share quotes from famous books or tips for budding writers. About the Author! Beatrice Sparks is supposedly the author of this book, though, some claim that she is just the editor of this book. She was a therapist, and a Mormon youth counselor. She has written books on subjects like drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, AIDS, etc. Communication is an essential part in any relationship, right? We all should have at least that one person whom we can talk freely to, share our innermost thoughts, no matter how ridiculous, unreal, and disgusting they may sound!
An unnamed fifteen-year-old diarist, whom the novel's title refers to as Alice, starts a diary. With a sensitive, observant style, she records her adolescent woes: she worries about what her crush Roger thinks of her; she loathes her weight gain; she fears her budding sexuality; she is uncomfortable at school; she has difficulty relating to her parents. Alice's father, a college professor, accepts a teaching position at a different college and the family will move at the start of the new year, which cheers Alice up. The move is difficult. While the rest of her family adjusts to the new town, Alice feels like an outcast at school. Soon she meets Beth, a Jewish neighbor, and the two become fast friends.
Chapter Analysis of Go Ask Alice
The diary begins right before Alice's fifteenth birthday. She is a pretty typical teenage girl in the late s—she's mostly concerned with school, boys, her hair, and fitting in okay, that's pretty typical for any decade. When her father's new job causes her family to move across the country, Alice is thrust into a new school at a time when she is at best sensitive, and at worst extremely insecure. At first she flounders; she can't seem to make any new friends and just gives up on everything, including her hygiene. You know you're depressed when you just stop washing your hair.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. A fifteen-year-old girl begins writing diary entries on September 16th. Her identity is anonymous, her hometown is unnamed and the specific year is not stated. With the suburban setting and her nuclear family consisting of her Father, Mother and younger siblings, Tim and Alexandra , it's an average premise. From the very first scribing, her heightened sense of morality and intense observations are evident. She refers to the diary as a "special friend," and uses it as an emotional conduit.