Based on a 15-year-old's diary, Go Ask Alice is the intimate account of one girl's fatal journey into the world of drug addiction. Poignant and unflinchingly honest, her story is a tragedy that is repeated in towns and cities across the country.
©2006 Lee Smith; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"An extraordinary work....a document of horrifying reality." (The New York Times Book Review)
I've read "go ask Alice" before, when I was much younger, and thought it was great. I enjoyed the story equally this time around, but I definitely think it needs a new narrator. The woman that narrates it now seems a bit too old for the story, and I'd much rather hear it narrated by someone younger.
I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.
Words cannot describe how angry and betrayed I felt after realizing I wasted a credit on a book that is a complete LIE. I was promised to be purchasing a 'TRUE' story from a 'REAL' 15-year-old girl's diary but this is nothing more than drug propaganda of the 70's and Beatrice Spark's Mormon agenda. THAT IS THE TRUTH PEOPLE. YOU WERE ALL FOOLED.
I realized it was fake before I even did the research. No one (not even in the 70's) used language like "flabby-flab flab" "great great great!" not to mention the RIDICULOUS timeline events!!! She sticks a needle in her arm immediately after one accidental drug encounter? Oh, and of course she talks about being scared of pot AFTER using Heroin? I DON'T THINK SO. She magically goes from being scared of everyone in her school to having drug connections and a sex life? All in 18 MONTHS?!? WTF!!! How did anyone buy this as real?
I can't believe this is legally sold as non-fiction in the year 2014 when back in the 70's the real author came forward admitting "some of it" to be her work. Beatrice Sparks was a Mormon youth counsellor who was mistaken labelled a "Dr."(although she earned no doctorate) and sold this story for a profit. She later wrote "Jay's Journal" which was based on yet another 'TRUE' story and what she did with that one is unforgivable. It was based on the journal of Alden Barret who was a 16-yr-old boy who committed suicide. Alden's parents gave Sparks the journal and trusted her to get it published but she butchered his character instead and twisted it into her own Mormon-taught propaganda about satanism. She ruined lives for money. If you read Jay's journal you would also notice that both 'Alice' and 'Jay' use the same messed up jargon such as "quick quick quick" because it's the voice of Sparks NOT any real teenager.
This personally offends me because as someone who uses a diary and has experience with real addiction it is WRONG to call it real. Well intended or not, I want my credit back and for God's sake, change the book's description!!!!!
Mr. Middle Earth
The story will leave you feeling sad and feeling sorry to the surely millions of teens/females that experience lives such as the young dairy writer of the story.
You want to be able to wake her up from her addiction, until you realize it's just that... addiction. She can't be brought out of it, save intense therapy surrounded by familial support, etc... which would take years.
This is a good read, but beware: there are some very adult things that happen to this teen, sexually, emotionally, and abusively.
My son borrowed this book from school and so I got the audio book to follow along. It tugged on so many different heartstrings as an educator, parent, and sibling. I kept hoping all the way to the end.
it was one the best books I have read lately. the anonymous aspect really gives it a personal appeal
What a wonderful insight on what an adolescent goes through with the struggles not only with drugs but trying to quit, fit in and feel understood by peers and adults around her. It's a very sad story but I am so glad it was shared so I can be more aware and available not only to my own children but others as well.
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
It is sad to watch the failing self-esteem of a young, female adolencent. So fragile in a world that they cannot control. It seems that being easily influenced by others and falling victim to peer pressures is a logical outcome due to their incessant need for approval and acceptance. Why wouldn't this child fall victim to the substances that take away her pain and suffering, while welcoming her into a peer group where she finally feels she belongs?
I believe that many adolencents with similar characteristics to the main character will travel down similar paths to exploring with alcohol, drugs, and partying. Yet, only the true "addicts" will continue their paths to self-destruction despite all consequences. It seems that there is no real way of knowing whether someone will become an "addict" until they have already traveled too far in their downward spiral.
I recommend this book as both a depressing but realistic look at a very serious problem that our teenage population faces regularly, and as an educational and cautionary tale to our youth. It explores how very fast an addict can travel from experimentation as a desperate attempt to fit in with his/ her peers - to total loss of morals, self-destruction and finally death. Be prepared for a heart felt exploration into the devastation of addiction.
I hadn't questioned the legitmacy of his book when I downloaded it. I only vaguely remembered the title. Half way in I thought.. this is garbage.
The black and white judgements, the "evil" drug doers, and the "great" squares. The glorification of the nuclear family- The leap from one innocently taken drug, down the road to an institution and fatality in 18 months.
It's like "Reefer Madness"
At least, like many drug scare stories from that era, she killed herself.she didn't throw herself from a window thinking she could fly.. or jump off a roof after smoking pot.
Her diary is non sensical. She explains discrepancies that would only matter to an audience.
Ie: how she can write even though her hands are bandaged. Also how she ended up in the institution is written retrospectively- Someone in that much pain and hallucinating would not be able to or bother writing such verbose grammatically perfect sentences even if she did imagine someone would some day read it.
After I finished listening to it I researched and found that it is likely an adult invention.
I believe books like this do more harm than good.
If a young person tries drugs and realizes that the horror stories are baloney, and that "clean" people can do heinous things and users can be kind gentle, and productive, how will children respect or believe anything they are told?
This book was recommended to me years ago by a young man in his 20's whom I worked with. At the time I had one coming of age daughter and another one just a few years away. I wanted to talk to my daughters about the consequences of drug use and inform them of how drug addiction does not discriminate and about how easy an innocent person can go out for an evening of what they thought was harmless fun and have the course of their life changed forever. Substance abuse affects individuals of all classes, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. This novel helped me to convey this message to my girls without it sounding like a lecture. This book moved my eldest daughter so much that four years later when my youngest daughter was 12 my eldest reminded me that her sister should read this book like my eldest had to help her prepare for some of the temptations in the world. Just keep in mind that there is strong content in this book as it talks about sex, drugs, cruelty, violence and death. However, as a substance abuse counselor, I assure you that most middle and junior high students have already acquired the knowledge on the topics that are discussed in this book.
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