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Go Ask Alice Paperback – 5 Dec 1991

4.4 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (5 Dec. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749310545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749310547
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The harrowing true story of a teenager's descent into the seductive world of drugs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2003
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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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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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I'd heard a great deal about this book and figured I should give it a go. A hell of a lot slimmer than the books I'm used to and not really a subject I need much schooling in. This kinda snapped my heart in two. Normally I read these stories and think, "I knew someone just like you and they were insufferable." For once I felt myself connect with the main character, it was wonderful when she was happy and heart wrenching when certain things happened, (I really don't want to give too much away) You should read this, no matter your age. It's not the most accurate portrayal, nor the best written, but it's worth your time.
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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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It is a shameful con when someone, whom we now know to be a middle-aged Mormon woman, publishes a book that purports to be the tragic diary of a teenage girl lost in drug addiction. The style of writing makes it so blatantly obvious that these are not the words or thoughts of a teenage girl. This is particularly transparent when she mixes archaic sounding literary language with 'street talk'. Ever heard a 16 year old say, "It is a difficult lost vacillating time. ....... because surely I would not have the strength or the fortitude to get through that number again." or "It's a prodding, colorless, dissonant bare existence. It stinks.".

Issues concerning drugs and drug addiction need to be discussed openly and honestly. For someone who is clearly trying to establish that drug taking inevitably leads to immoral behaviour and a complete undermining of an individuals ethical foundations, it seems somewhat hypocritical to employ this kind of deceit to further her ends. I regret buying this book because: a) it's awful, b) I hate the thought of any of my money going into the hands of the person who wrote it.
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I read this book a few months ago and something about it left me a little uneasy. Then I stumbled upon this link [...]
which explained a lot. Go and read what it says then make up your own mind. Go Ask Alice - truly a great work of fiction.
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By P on 31 July 2007
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It's been suggested by several sources that the diaries in this book is based on aren't genuine - that why were written by someone in the publishing industry.

Having read the book, I have strong doubts about the authenticity of these diaries. They just don't ring true - they feel more like an adult writing in a style he/she considers a 15 year old girl would write in. The grammar is simply too good (in my opinion) for a 15 year old to have written ... and when was the last time you heard a 15 year old use words like 'echelon' and 'antagonistic'.

It's an enjoyable enough read; but the book's main selling point is its claim to be true, and I found this very hard to believe
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