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Go Ask Alice

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Go Ask Alice

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192pp
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Synopsis

Alice COULD BE ANYONE. Alice COULD BE SOMEONE YOU KNOW. Alice USES DRUGS. With over a million copies in print, Go Ask Alice has become a classic of our time.

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A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo  - Children's Literature

Alice is your typical teenaged girl. She worries that she is too fat. She wants a boyfriend: "I wish I were popular and beautiful and wealthy and talented." She frequently makes resolutions in her diary to do better in school, work toward a calmer relationship with her mother, and lose weight. Her life changes when she goes to a party and is given acid in her drink. She loves the feeling the drug gives her: "Closed my eyes and the music began to absorb me physically. I could smell it and touch it and feel it as well as hear it." She wants more and quickly becomes a part of the drug scene. For about a year and a half Alice goes on and off drugs and runs away from home twice. Each time she manages to find her way back to her parents. They take her in, get her help, and all seems to be rosy until Alice is once again given acid without her knowledge. This time, she has a bad trip, ends up in the hospital, and then a mental hospital. Her parents stick by her, but her life of drug abuse ultimately ends with a fatal overdose—whether it is intentional or accidental is not known. Go Ask Alice has become a classic story of warning against the use of drugs. For the teen scene of 2006, this story will appear as slightly dated. The issues of relationships both in and out of school have not changed much in the last thirty years, but there are subtle differences in the culture that may prove distracting for a young person reading this book today. The basic story remains a chilling cautionary tale. 2005 (orig. 1971), Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, , and Ages 14 to 18.

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4.7
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4.8  (2)
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4.3  (2)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
5.0

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Setting
The setting of the book takes place in the late 1960’s. The era where doing drugs was cool. The setting shifts throughout the book. For example, when Alice and her family move because of her dad’s big job promotion. Or another example when she goes off to college in a little town. The setting also changes from San Francisco/Berkeley where Chris and Alice go live in a small apartment. And finally, Oregon where Alice travels to with other drug users.
Characters
The main character in this book is named Alice. She was just a middle-aged teenager trying to find herself, like any other teen at her age. Alice goes through many insecurities, such as her social life, her parents, her appearance, etc. By trying to overcome this, Alice, tries drugs. She uses drugs, mainly LSD, to make herself forget all the hard she is having. The girl, Jill, who got Alice into drugs isn’t any better than her. Jan convinces Alice to try LSD at a party. Alice was very well developed. A minor character in this book would be Alice’s mom. The mom relates to the main character, Alice, by being her role model and teaching Alice new things. Her mom was mentioned a lot in the book, so I feel as if the mom character was well developed.
Good Points
What was good about this book was that it was very detailed. It had many significant events that made the book come to life. For example, when Alice and Chris met Richie. Richie gets the girls hooked on marijuana and they start to sell drugs to make money for Richie. This puts Alice on another addiction. This event in the book shows just how weak Alice became after she started using drugs. It never took much to convince Alice to get back on drugs. I also like the style of hoe this book was formatted. It was formatted as a diary.
Bad Points
For me there were not any bad points in the book. Everything fit in nicely just how it should. And if it didn't fit nicely it shouldn't matter because it is based on a true story of a girl’s life. Which is why it is formatted as a diary.
Plot Summary
Go Ask Alice, Unknown. The book is about a girl who has many problems as a middle age teen. She tries to overcome her problems on her own. That causes her to start using drugs and hanging out with bad company. Alice meets many people along the way to her long journey. The first people introduced were her family. Then a Jewish girl by the name of Beth. They instantly become friends. Beth must go away to camo and Alice goes to live with her grandparents for the summer. This is where Alice first tries drugs, LSD, when she is invited to an old friend’s party, Jill. Beth comes back, and things aren’t the same. Then Alice meets Chris. She has a wild adventure with her.
Ending
The author was trying to express the fact that drugs are addictive. Like the main character in the book, Alice, keeps saying she is going to stop with the drugs or that she will do it only once, but she keeps doing it. Alice tries to get help and starts doing well for awhile. She states that she will no longer need the diary because she has people to communicate with. But it didn’t take much to convince her to fall into the dark world of drugs again. The author tries to make people see the harm drugs do to everyone else around.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

Go Ask Alice

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Setting
This novel takes place in the late 1960’s in San Francisco and Oregon. Before Alice got into drugs she lived with her dad, mom, sister, and brother in San Francisco. She ran away from home and ended up in Oregon where she met a girl named Chris. They were both drug addicts and they found jobs making enough money to afford a cheap apartment. They both agreed to quit doing drugs so they could get there life together. Alice ended up using drugs again and left Chris and eventually called her parents.
Characters
Alice started out with decent grades in school and stayed away from the “troubled kids.” After one of the popular kids, Jan, invited her to a party, she got into drugs. She started experimenting with different types of drugs and ended up as drug addict. Along the way she met a girl by the name of Chris who became her closest friend. They both took the drug route and ended up losing almost everything. Jan, one of Alice's old friends, threatens her if she doesn’t return to her old ways: drug use. Jan threatened Alice by saying she was going to put marijuana into her dad’s car to find. That failed so she put drugs on candy that Alice ate causing her to be sent into a mental hospital. While in the mental hospital, she met a girl named Babbie who was a prostitute and drug addict.
Good Points
I personally liked how it was a true story and written as a diary. Although some of the names of people and places were changed to protect them, I still found everything interesting. Sparks didn’t change anything from the real writer’s story except for names and I really liked that because I feel as if Alice is actually telling me about her life struggles.
Plot Summary
“Go Ask Alice” was written by an anonymous author, but edited by Beatrice Sparks, is about an overweight teen trying to fit into the crowd. She has a diary about her daily life and struggles. Alice was once a good child, but once she was introduced to drugs it all went downhill from there. Her addiction for drugs began when she was invited to a party and LSD was slipped into her drink. Her drug use caused her to drop out of high school and runaway from home. She later ended up in a mental hospital because of her former friend Jan.
Ending
I found the ending fit the story because Alice was having trouble getting back on track and trying to stay away from drugs. I would never try drugs because I wouldn’t want to end up like Alice or any of the other drug users who ended up in the gutter. I think Beatrice Sparks was trying to tell the audience to stay away from drugs so they don’t ruin your life and further opportunities.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13
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