Go Ask Alice
3 journalers for this copy...
Based on the actual diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user.
June 9, 2003: Sent to AngelKitty.
Note from the Editors: Go Ask Alice is based on the actual diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user. It is not a definitive statement n the middle-class teenage drug world. It does not offer any solutions. It is, however, a highly personal and specific chronicle. As such, we hope it will provide insights into the increasingly complicated world in which we live.
So, I finally got around to reading this one. I've got to say that it's kind of a gripping read. I wish we could see how heavily edited it is, though. Sometimes, her grammar is just a little too perfect, when at other times she writes like she wants to sound older. One of the amazing things is that when she goes straight for the last time, she talks about the old her and the new her. It's more than a little dated, but that's to be expected. I will try to release this at a high school/junior high.
The heavy moralising and swift degeneration of the teenager in question were too much for me. This book is so staged it's almost the script of an after school special. The idea that drug use immediately leads to addiction, prostitution and gasp homosexuality really irritated me as did the 'far out man' dialogue of the stoner 'Alice'.
While drug use leads to many different paths, even some of those highlighted in this book, it doesn't lead to all of them and not every time. I think this book as social commentary fails dismally but as a wake up call to middle class white society in the 1970's I imagine this book would have been terrifying. Apparently nice girls 'do'.
Left on the lower deck of the Westminster to Greenwich passenger ferry. What a lovely way to make your way along the Thames on a sunny day.