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Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous
First published in 1971, GO ASK ALICE was presented as the diary of a real teenaged girl whose descent into drug addition ushered her into a dark world of debauchery, abuse, and prostitution that eventually led to her death. Riding on the coattails of the 1960s, this provocative recipe of peer pressure, sexual experimentation, and crazed drug us...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780689817854
ISBN-10: 0689817851
Publication Date: 3/1/1998
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 435 ratings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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georgiagymdog avatar reviewed Go Ask Alice on
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: http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/askalice.asp
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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
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.
janflora avatar reviewed Go Ask Alice on + 6 more book reviews
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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This book was great, it's good for children who are getting exposed to drugs.
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Every teenager should read this book. And every parent of a teenager should read this book. Then they should talk about it.
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Timeless classic. It gives a view from a teenager as she heads into a life of drugs and sex.


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