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Subject: Go Ask Alice
Date Posted: 2/15/2009 1:16 PM ET
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I heard of this book Go Ask Alice from somewhere on this site and I checked it out from the local library.  Well I just finished it last night and it was a great book.  Written in Diary form from a teenage girl.  This was a quick read about this one  girls experience in life on/off the drugs.  I was so heartboken at the end of the book.  I recommend this book.  It's a teen read but I enjoyed it.  A book of substance.  Worth the read.

Did anyone else read it?  What did you think? 

Sorry to be vague, I just didn't want to add spoilers !

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 4:31 PM ET
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I read that book several times when I was in high school.  Her story mimicked that of many kids I knew at that time.   It is one of the best books and, yes, it is heartbreaking.

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 3:37 PM ET
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This book is absolutely one of my all time favorite books.  I reread it every few years.  However, if you have ever checked out snopes.com you will find that this is not a "true" book at all.  I was a little disappointed when I read this about it but I still love the book. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 5:17 PM ET
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I did just look it up on snopes.com and read that it isn't a 'true" diary afterall.  I still think that it was a great book and I do disagree with what they said about it doesn't sound like something a teenage girl would write by the words that she used and the way that she would go on in length about her drug trips but not being broken hearted.

As someone who was once a teenage girl myself,  and to be honest , I experimented a little when I was younger (not to that extent, but still) I think that Go Ask Alice very well could have been written by a teenage girl, and this work capable of being a legit diary.

I used to keep a diary and I was no stranger to using larger (or 50 cent) words in my writting.   Whether it is true or not I still treat it as if it was.  It really could be used as a tool, kids today are in the same kind of trouble as the girl in the book. 

Thanks Sandra for bringing that up though, I didn't know that until now.  What a great book though!

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 10:32 PM ET
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Even if it isn't a true diary, I read it as a teen, and I found it very authentic.  I think teenagers can relate to the character quite well.  I think the snopes folks miss the point when they say it doesn't sound like it was written by a teen.  First, they have to put themselves into the time period where drugs were almost everywhere and where many teens got lost in that world.  Also, conscientious would have been a very regular word then.  Kids would have heard "conscientious objector" on the news relating to the Vietnam War protests almost every day.  Ecstatic?  I wouldn't consider that a big word either.



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Date Posted: 2/16/2009 11:29 PM ET
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My 8th grade english teacher gave me this book.  I think she saw that I was headed down the wrong path and was trying to save me, I got to love her for that.  I never got as bad as the girl in this book, thank god.  Like you guys I loved that book and read it many times.  I found it to be totaly relatable.  I am a little dissapointed to find out it is not based on a real diary.

 

By the way for those that are intrested I am offering a 2 for 1 on all books in my book shelf until March 3.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 6:20 AM ET
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This was assigned reading when I was in school.  I still remember it 30 years later.  An excellent, heartbreaking book.  I don't believe when I read it thinking it was a true story, but rather fiction written in the form of a diary.  (Of course, that was 30 years ago, so I don't really remember exactly what I thought!)

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 3:15 PM ET
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For honors English in 9th grade this was a summer challenge book!  Not required, but something the teacher suggested us to read!  It took me less than a day to read it!  It was fantastic!  Every summer since I have taken this book to the beach with me.   I very sad story that I feel that most people could have related to at some point in their life!

I would recommend this to anyone!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 3:12 PM ET
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I've read the book last summer and was shocked about the bad research the writer did. It didn't really match and I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone. There are better ones.
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 7:08 PM ET
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I agree, K.M.P.  There are much better books out there about teen addiction. Tweak by Nic Sheff being one of them. And it's all true.

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 12:36 AM ET
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I agree that there probably are better books out there about Teen addiction, but on the other hand.  I have seen this kind of stuff in real life and I think that in many ways, she wasn't all that far off.  Maybe she just could have told it better but I have known teens that think similar to the way the girl in the book did.

I guess in my mind, everyone is different, and how great would it be if this book reached just one teen going down this path.  I have seen (former) close friends of mine completely wreck their lives because of the same type of thing( drug use)  and so many kids today are going through it. 

I haven't read Tweak yet.  I checked out one called Crank from the local library, and I'm getting started on it in the nect day or so. I guess I better check out Tweak too so I know that one too! 

Thanks all for the conversations !  SO great to be able to discuss books!  yeah PBS! lol

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 9:25 AM ET
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Wow I remember reading this in High school as well and all I really remember is how sad and depressing it is. I can't believe it wasn't a true book...the whole time I read it all I could think about was what this girl went through...another book you might enjoy is Jay's Journal which is a teenage boys diary going through the same experiences.....both really good:)

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 3:57 AM ET
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Hayley, that's how I remember it.  I read it a couple of times and found it depressing and tragic. I read it around 9th grade (1978-79).  I felt for the main character.  I knew kids in school like her.

Maybe it's a 70s thing...a book you had to read at the time.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 3:02 PM ET
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I read this book when I was a kid; I'm 55 now.  It impressed me then.