Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice

Book - 2006
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A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2006.
ISBN: 9781416914631
Branch Call Number: YA Anon
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 18 cm.


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Originally published in 1971. "A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world."

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Manateestarz Mar 31, 2020

I read this as a pre-teen and was absolutely blown away. I couldn't get enough of all the sordid details. It is the ultimate in sensationalized anti-drug propaganda. This book has it all: drug use, sex, prostitution .Although kids have so many more choices about what to read now, back then our choices were quite limited. I'm going to read it again to see what I think. I have read it a few years ago and it's obvious from the structure of the narrative that it is not a real diary. Every single episode follows a patter: Alice meets x, they are wonderful, x takes advantage of Alice, she discovers that they are not so wonderful. ( Alice isn't her real name though. That's just the title of the book from the Jefferson Airplane song.)

Jan 13, 2020

I remember this book being on the shelves of the school library. It intrigued me but I never read it because I didn't think my parents would approve. I only recently discovered that it is in fact a work of fiction but decided to read it anyway and see what all the fuss is about. The fact this isn't actually a diary does explain the writing, which is a thinly-veiled attempt to sound like a teenage girl but so glaringly inconsistent that one can't help but notice.

This book reads like 70's anti-drug propaganda mixed with a poorly produced after-school special. I realize that I am not the target market for this book, but if you're looking for a realistic look at the drug scene in the 70's and what addiction looks like, track down a copy of the film "Sid and Nancy".

May 18, 2018

Even if fictional, this is still a classic, still a very raw, relevant and wrenching account of teenage identity struggles and profound challenges. But too well-written for a teen.

Apr 25, 2017

The narrator unknowingly takes LSD at a party and has a great trip....she is instantly addicted and a few weeks later is trying every drug she can get.......excellent read!!!!!!!!

Apr 20, 2017

This story was very eye-opening and shocking for me to read. I think it was highly effective, and that it's clearly speaking for young teens to restrict themselves from the usage of drugs. Despite being a good-read, I personally found it disgusting and scarring. It is about a young girl who writes in a diary about her experience of drugs. She abuses the drugs and drives herself into a deep hole of despair and addiction. SPOILERS: There is a tragic ending! This story is not for the faint of heart, for it is very scarring and quite frightening.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Go Ask Alice is written in the form of diary entries from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl. It strongly represents the unfortunate realities connected to the lives of young drug users. The book focuses on the life of a teenage girl who wants to be happy and accepted by others. Her life is normal, until she falls prey to drug addiction. While reading the book, my heart repeatedly ached by the hope and disappointment I felt at the girl’s outlook on life and her attempts to make everything better. Go Ask Alice illustrates how an innocent life can be damaged beyond repair because of one small misstep. To the young girl, drugs, at first, seem like a way to be happy. Eventually, they prove to be nothing but a source of utter helplessness and despair. Go Ask Alice is a tragedy based on drug abuse. It is intensely heart-rending.
Rating 5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous was a completely eye-opening book that both broke my heart, and made me realize the morals of life although they weren’t mentioned. The book was filled with the diary of a teenager who was given a drink laced with LSD and from then on entered the world of drugs. Along with drugs came many other horrors like uncontrolled sex and hallucinations that invaded the subject’s mind every time she took a trip. The subject’s diaries really made me understand the life of people who are hooked on drugs, and how one decision to take drugs can split your future into two different paths. I speak of the character as the “subject,” because the diaries are of a real person, a real teenager who experienced the horrific world of insanity. She was anonymous, but her identity didn’t matter, because it was what she went through that can affect the people who read this book. Many times this book made me cry and it also made me understand the life of a drug user. I give this book a 5/5 rating. I recommend this book to readers 14 and up.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 17, 2017

I finished this book in 2 days. I just couldn't put it down.
This book was recommended by a friend and I thought it would be the perfect quick read.
Not only was it the quick read it's a powerful story.

Mar 27, 2016

So I'd heard a lot of stories about how, well, crass and absurd this book was but it was actually a lot grosser than I even expected.

If she hadn't marketed this as being a "diary" I think it would have been tossed aside by history as a grotesque book that was about gleefully torturing and abusing and breaking a child. Instead, it got to be remembered as the pinnacle of the cautionary tale.

Jan 07, 2016

I really loved this book in highschool it was one of my favourites. A look at the life of a troubled teen in the 60's. Very interesting read.

Aug 14, 2015

I read this book on the recommendation of one of my close friends. I was not disappointed by the book;however, I felt as though the author tried too hard to make the character believable as a teenage girl.

Aug 03, 2015

An amazing book. Very serious but it seems perfect.

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Aug 15, 2011

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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