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Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice [Kindle Edition]

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"A book that all teenagers and parents of teenagers should really read" (Boston Globe)

"An extraordinary work- a document of horrifying reality" (The New York Times Book Review)

"It shows the awful pressures which plague even the 15-year-old who needs all her energies to cope with growing; the isolation of one who wanders off the track and, alone, finds it impossible to fight her way back" (Guardian)

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The harrowing true story of a teenager's descent into the seductive world of drugs.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I read this book when I was 14 and at school and could really relate to what Alice was saying.In fact I was sneaked a copy as it was felt that the content was too adult for me. What a joke - after all it was supposed to be relating the life of a contemporary. After 20 years I found the painful honesty of Alice's diary writing as she tries to 'make it' in both the drug and straight worlds just as poignant. The world may have moved on but life for teenagers continues to be as daunting today just as it was then.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer
I have read this book over and over again since I was 14. Each and everytime I find something new and understand it just that little bit more. To me Alice's diary demonstrates the pressure on teens now, haven't changed in any real way at all, to what it was like then. There are still people pushing drugs, kids still despise what their parents say and it just keeps going on from one generation to the next. This book made me think a lot more about every decision I made and how it might affect me. I think about Alice at the most unusual times like when I'm shopping as if she was my friend and I actually knew her. Growing up is hard enough but to try and do that and quit drugs at the same time would be torture. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone no matter what age. Parents will appreciate it because it will remind them of just how hard it was to be a teenager. For teenagers it'll be a bit of a wake up call that will show you just what drugs will do to you and that you have to choose your friends wisely. This is a book that you will read over and over again as if each time was the first.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartstoppingly good 19 May 2002
By RaRa
im 15 and read this book in a day because i couldnt put it down. i didnt stop reading all day and did no work in school and spoke to none of my friends. the book shows emotions no one could ever speak to you it helps you understand the highs and lows of drugs, the freedom they give you but can then take away. deffinately a book every teenager should read!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in a 2002 context 8 Oct 2002
By A Customer
As a drama teacher in some of the most drug ravished schemes in Glasgow, I found this book to be more than just a concience tugging read. It has been a life line to so many young people who have to make uninformed decisions on a daily basis that drastically alters their lifes. Alice is a real person who reaches the highs that few people in education are willing to admit exsist.It also, without predjudice and vindication, makes the reader horrifyingly aware of the lows. In a society where education cannot compete with pop culture, Alice has a voice that touches and penetrates with a message few could so convincingly sell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Have you ever wondered what it is like in the horrific world of drugs? All you have to do is read this amazing diary of a girl who became addicted to drugs. This book shows you how life can be sometimes if you don't make the right choices. Go Ask Alice is set in the early seventies(a time where drug use was at an all time high). The main character is a teenage girl who feels very inadequate and has a very low self-confidence level. All she wants to do is fit in like everybody else. She doesn't have many friends and the ones that she does have are very dorky and unpopular. Most of her inadequacy comes from her utterly perfect family. Her parents have always pushed her to be something that she could never be-"perfect". Alice had always been a good teenager. She dealt with normal teenage problems such as weight problems, peer pressure, and love. She had never thought about taking drugs before. She didn't think that she needed them. Alice's world is turned upside down though after she goes to a party and someone puts drugs in ger drink. After that night Alice was never the same. She spent all of her time searching for drugs and the more she took the harder it was to stop. Alice was way too far into the world of drugs for her to ever stop. Her whole life revolved around drugs. She was desperate for them. The drugs gave her an escape from the reality of her own life and the expectations that she couldn't live up to. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that wants to open their hearts to a girl that just wanted so much to belong. You might even be able to relate to her. You will be drawn into Alice's world and never be able to leave. This is a wonderful book and I think that everyone should have the chance to read Go Ask Alice!
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A curious work of fiction 14 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Go Ask Alice is definitely a most bizarre book. When first published in the early seventies it was presented as an actual diary of a fifteen-year-old drug-user, later it turned out to be written by a middle-aged, mormon woman by the name of Beatrix Sparks. This definitely could explain some of the more puzzling aspects of the book. Within days of having her coke spiked with acid at a party, Alice is shooting speed and is launched into the degenerate world of drugs which consists of rape and prostitution, vindictive peers and (gasp!) homosexuality. Alice finds it impossible to get out of the vicious circle where junkies are constantly throwing free drugs at her. (Who would have guessed junkies were so generous with their suplies?) Alice almost makes it back to a happy, normal life with the help of her family, who are like characters out of a fiftie's sitcom (She even has a little brother named Tim), but alas, what kind of ending would that have been?
It is important for kids and adults alike to have good information on drugs (and the misery that often go with them) but if you're looking for a realistic book, this ain't it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay!
I don't like how this book is billed as non fiction. Other than that, I thought it was enjoyable enough! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Chrissi Read
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it very interesting reading yet very sad at the same time
I never bought this book myself. It was given to me by a friend who never took the time to read it [their loss]. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sean Bradley
2.0 out of 5 stars GAA was negatively influenced by the marketing before I started but I...
Go Ask Alice is a work of fiction. Yet it was originally promoted as nonfiction, it’s still sold as “by Anonymous” and the copy I have has “This is Alice’s True Story” on the cover... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luna's Little Library
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
could have been more detailed as some parts were brief but a really good read and I would definitely read other books along the same lines
Published 1 month ago by felisia greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
V good
Published 2 months ago by chris triggs
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Lovely book but very sad story. I thought she had done so well such a shame I hope she is at peace now..
Published 4 months ago by smmy77
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Love this book, read it when was younger and had to again, got on time and looks as good as new :)
Published 4 months ago by Faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
such a good book!
Published 5 months ago by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish !!
Absolute rubbish didn't even finish it because it was that boring. Very ha rd d to believe the character was a drug taker at all, felt very fictional and badly thought out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PLW X
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking and weirdly inspiring book!
Many people say that things are amazing but this book truly did amaze me. It's relate able even if you haven't experienced the actual problems within the book and it's a must read... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chloe :D
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