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Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous, Beatrice Sparks
A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
ISBN-13: 9780380005239
ISBN-10: 0380005239
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 189
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 106 ratings
Publisher: Avon / Flare Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
I read this book probably 10 times as a teenager, and was fascinated by the deviant behavior of the protagonist. It would be interesting to read it again as an adult. Here's a link about the book being an urban legend, rather than an actual diary:
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Helpful Score: 4
Originally published in 1971, this book has sold millions of copies. Most editions say on the front cover "A real diary."

From the back of my copy:
"You can't ask Alice anything anymore. But you can do something -- read her diary. Strong, painfully honest, nakedly candid. The actual story of a desperate girl on drugs and on the run who almost made it.
'An extraordinary work... A document of horrifying reality.' The New York Times"

Actually, it's a fake, written by Beatrice Sparks. Read more at Snopes.

Trivia: In the 1973 made-for-TV version, William Shatner starred as the doomed girl's father.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a great book that will take you into the heart of a teenage girl struggling with her addiction with drugs. I highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
excellent true-life journal of adolescence gone down the wrong trails, a bit dated [late 60s/early70s] but not too much even for todays kids...if you want a scary but heartning anti-drug example, this is reality
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Helpful Score: 3
I would only recommend this book to people who know that the world of drugs and the negative things it brings with it. This book is a series of journal entries that a young girl has been keeping as she begins to experiment with drugs. It all started at a party when they played a game called 'Button, Button, Whose Got The Button?' where certain soft drinks are laced with LSD and some are not. The intention of the game is to pick out the people who have recieved a drink that has been laced and the surprise of not knowing who may have them. This girl recieves a laced drink and there after, she begins to experiment more. It goes through her life of experimenting with drugs, selling drugs, running away, and telling herself over and over she will stay drug free only to start again. This is a very serious book on how drugs can affect the lives of many teens.
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I don't know how this slipped under my radar for all these years - a very powerful and impactful read.
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I remember this from high actually prevented me from 'doing drugs' cause it scared me!!
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I've read this book more than 3 times. The last time being more than 6 years ago, but I still remember it as being one of the most eye-opening, honest books I've had the pelasure of reading. A true/real journal of a teenager growing up and experimenting with many things... amazing.