Go Ask Alice
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What teenage girl writes: "I was a shooting star, a comet piercing the firmament..." or uses words such as "inundated," "dissonant," "vacillating," or "conscientious" in a personal diary (and that's only what stood out as I flipped back through the pages just a moment ago)?
I am actually glad to have read this book, so I have some reference point when it's brought up - since it is some kind of "modern classic." And I understand why the "editor"/author, Beatrice Sparks, made the decision to write this book -- I'm sure she had good intentions of trying to steer teenagers away from drugs, premarital sex, etc. But the heavy-handed way in which she did so is insulting.
I don't know if I'll wild-release this book. Something tells me not to. Maybe I'll offer it up as a RABCK if anyone else is interested in reading it.
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I am glad I got a chance to finally read this book.
I really have to agree with Aisling78 that it is quite obvious that this book was not really a diary written by a 15 year old girl. There is a bit of slang from the time in the book, but too much of it is obviously written by an adult. No teen girl would write like that in a private diary. It seemed like most of it was an 'after school special' type of scare tactic.
I'm actually glad I didn't read this as a teenager. As someone else pointed out, some of the drug accounts sound like a lot of fun. I also agree that there is no way a teenager wrote it. It was well worth the read, though. Thank you very much for sharing it with me.
As soon as I have the next person's address, this timeless classic will be on it's way to Finland!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This little book is headed to Finland.
It was an interesting book, but maybe not "brilliant". Somehow I had high expectations about it and that could be the reason why I feel so empty after reading it.
I absolutely agree with all of you. Saphyre's comment about the "'after school special' type of scare tactic" is just about what I was going to say. The very last page with the comment from the "editor" was so blunt and accusing it was almost appaling.
But thank you. This was really something different from the other books I'm currently reading.
And "kiitoksia oikein panjon" Perdue, for mailing the book to me! (The newpaper wrapping I'm going to give to my colleague at work who taught me how to say this.)
I'll add my comments on the 'diary' as soon as the book is on its way.
This is a simple story, with a straightforward journal-style narrative, with no flashbacks, reminiscences, expository passages or any particularly unique details.
The voice of Alice tends to devolve into corny expressions of sentiment, particulaly in the 'first' diary, & at times echoing Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz:
- "Oh, why, why, why can't I? (September 16)
- "It was wild! It was beautiful! It really was." (July 20)
- "I would! I definitely would!", "I must, I simply must be better." (July 23)
- "Oh, terrors, horrors, endless torment." (August 9)
- "And I'm glad I'm back. Glad! Glad! Glad!" (January 24)
- "I love life and I love God. Oh I do, I really do." (Another day)
- "I think it's sad, dear friend, I really and truly and desperately do." (July 26)
- "I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish." (August 5)
- "Oh, glorious, marvelous, wonderful, incredible, fantastic day!" (August 8)
- "Home, Home, Home. Oh what a beautiful, wonderful, divinely lovely word." (September 6)
- "I didn't know I was that good! I really and truly and honestly didn't!" (September 17)
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On its way to silvermoonwyrm . Enjoy!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Oops, heading out a little late but this is being sent via airmail to rapturina, who was the winner for the international Happy Smile Day RABCK sweepstakes. Enjoy! :)
Anyway, what an interesting little book. A lot of the first part reminded me of my own worries as a teen, and the diary I used to keep. Interestingly enough I didn't think the language in the diary really proved it's not written by a teenager, as I would use really flowery language when writing in my diary. I thought that was cool. :D Though admittedly I don't think I knew that many big words when I was a teenager! :D
It's a shame the story is so completely unrealistic, especially if it's meant to come across as real to scare teenagers off drugs. The ups and downs are so well thought out and some of the story line is a bit odd. For example when they start a store in San Francisco, how can a 16 year old do that?! Well, maybe it was possible in the 1960s. :D
The ending really bothered me and made no sense at all. The diary ended on such a positive note and then all of a sudden the epilogue, it just didn't ring true with me at all. And if you intend to scare teenagers off drugs, you'd have to make sure the bad ending is believable, I think!
Anyway, apart from its rather obvious flaws, I still rather enjoyed the book. It was touching in a way and really made me go back to my own teenage years. Well, apart from the whole drug thing, that is. :D But the anxiety and the stress of trying to fit in - that was really well done, I think.
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Go Ask Alice - Lost Bookray!
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Although after seeing what previous readers said about the book, that there are parts that were obviously written by an adult, I can see it too. However, it is "based on" the actual diary, so those parts did not bother me.
I found a lot of truth in the book, reading how quickly and dramatically the subject's character changed.
I kept a diary beginning my Freshman year in High School, and into my Freshman year of College, and when I read it now, and remember how I was back then, with or without drugs, I seemed to have changed just as quickly as she did.
Lovely book. I hope the next reader enjoys it, and gets as much out of it as I did. = ]
SOME SPOILERS Now onto the book - I did enjoy this book alot. With a history of working with drug abusers, the author got it right on. This was a quick read and I was turning the pages very anxiously. I do think that teenagers should read this book. It scared the crap out of me when she was describing her bad trip. Reading that part alone would make me never want to drop acid. It was also scary that her peers would hide acid in drinks and food and give it to others without them knowing. WOW! I was disappointed by the abrupt way that it ended and then the epilogue.
Thank you for including me in this ring. I had been wanting to get my hands on this one for quite a while. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read it. Thanks! :)
Off to its' next home!
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Sent to Alienagr. Hope you enjoy the book!
Now it is on its way to Jean-sol!(and I am really sorry for the delay...)
It looks like I'm at the end of the bookray line too, so I'll try to get it to continue once I've read it. Please be patient with me! I'll get there...
UPDATE 11 FEB 2010: I read that book a very long time ago, when I was slightly younger than the alleged author of the diary. I can't remember it being so explicit, so I'm wondering if my Mum had bought an expurgated copy or I possibly totally miss all the graphic bits because I had no idea what it was about. Both are possible.
Reading it now 30 years on I think that book was not so much to scare kids off drugs as to scare naive parents. The whole parent-daughter relationship is so trite, it's not funny. Then again a few years ago the government of Australia spent a lot of money producing and distributing a ludicrous 'How to speak to your kids about drugs' pamphlet, so 'Go ask Alice' is not so far from the truth.
I advertised the bookray without much success, so am sending the book on to j4shaw on the other (beach) side of Melbourne as a RABCK. Thanks for the bookray Aisling78 and JennyC1230. I've been wanting to re-read this book for a long time and now you made it happen!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to J4shaw as a RABCK.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Rest assured that the book is safe, and has been sent out several times on loan to none BookCrossing friends of mine (who all unfortunately have not chosen to log a JE but have all given it back saying that they loved it).
The book is currently in Kununurra, Western Australia with a number of other books of mine, and will be returned to me in due course.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I have held on to this book for ages hoping to find someone through the BC forums who wants it, but not much joy. So I'm taking it along to the BCDarwin Breakfast Meetup - At Sandy's Cafe to hopefully find it a new owner.