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Go Ask Alice | [Anonymous]

Go Ask Alice

Life at 15 isn't easy for a girl if she's shy and hates the way she looks. Each day is heaven or hell, depending on who talks to her, or who doesn't. So when she's finally accepted by a group, she doesn't refuse their party games, even if it means taking LSD. Soon she's taking little pills to wake up and others to go to sleep, and the days begin to blur. 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.
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Life at 15 isn't easy for a girl if she's shy and hates the way she looks. Each day is heaven or hell, depending on who talks to her, or who doesn't. So when she's finally accepted by a group, she doesn't refuse their party games, even if it means taking LSD. Soon she's taking little pills to wake up and others to go to sleep, and the days begin to blur. Leaving the secure, middle-class circle of her family, she travels into a nightmare realm of hustlers and dealers. Homeless, driven by drug highs and lows, she sometimes tries to regain control over her life. But it's much easier to just get high again.

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

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

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    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 05-09-14
    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 05-09-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "WE WERE ALL LIED TO. THIS IS FICTION PEOPLE!!!"

    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!!!!!



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    Jeremy United States 05-07-12
    Jeremy United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Mr. Middle Earth

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    "Very Compelling, Very Interesting, A Sad Story"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samiam2029 North Syracuse, New York United States 11-12-13
    samiam2029 North Syracuse, New York United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Intense but important"
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    Short, intense, vivid and TRUE story about a young person's life of drug abuse. Wouldn't say I "enjoyed" it as it's a sad story, but I would recommend it if you are interested in addiction issues.

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    MK United States 09-11-13
    MK United States 09-11-13
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    "Needs a new narrator..."
    Would you listen to Go Ask Alice again? Why?

    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.


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    ginger St. Louis, MO, United States 11-21-12
    ginger St. Louis, MO, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!

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    "Life of a Teenage Addict..."

    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.

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    Tonya PUEBLO WEST, CO, United States 09-23-12
    Tonya PUEBLO WEST, CO, United States 09-23-12
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    "Good book to discuss drugs"
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    This is a good book to read about a good girl who got caught up with bad people.I read this book when I was a teen . Now ,I listened to it in my car with my kids age 7,10,12 all boys. We stopped the book many times to discuss and open the discussion on drugs.The boys really liked it and saw the tragedy that can result from getting involved in drugs.And since it is a true story and in diary form the kids could relate to author.Great book to help walk in someone else shoes and learn from their mistakes.I do highly recommend .

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    Shelli Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-19-09
    Shelli Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 07-19-09
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    "Oh Give me a Break! This is propaganda"

    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?

    19 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    07-05-08
    07-05-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is amazing how she goes from an innocent kid to completely messed up in such a short while. I wish I knew what ended up happening to her.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hanover, PA, USA 02-23-07
    Julie Hanover, PA, USA 02-23-07
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    "Enlightening in Many Ways.."

    This story from the 60's is enlightening in so many ways. The reader is struck almost immediately by the differences in attitude between the young girl in the story and the youth of today. Although the trouble she brought on herself sounds very familiar, the world she lived and would return to in between her binges seemed simpler and oh so much more innocent. During the writer's "good" times, she didn't seem to have as far to go to wholeness. The shattering I see in today's world is much more complex and not as easily remedied. The ending of the book comes as a shock...You are left really wondering if her druggy friends didn't finally do her in with their hatred of her ultimate good choices....I wish I knew....

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-04-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Sad but true"

    This book certainly does a great job in warning people on the dangers of drugs and in providing examples of many, many questionable actions and tragic predicaments that can come with living that kind of lifestyle. Tho, it might make for a better read, as I found this particular narrator's voice to be a tad bit annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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