Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

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"I grew up in one of those loving families that fails to prepare a person for real life..."

A few weeks into first grade Alice's parents took her out of school and have taught her at home ever since. Now she's about to enter high school, with the stated goal of boosting the self-esteem of her counselor, Death Lord Bob. Bob is happy now. But what about Alice?

Will she be able to interact with people her own age who are not home-based learners? Will she be able to survive some sort of boy-girl interaction? Or is this best left until after high school? Until middle age? What about a unique and innovative career path? A new look? (This must, like career choice, reflect uniqueness.)

Alice, I Think is the story of a teenager attempting to survive her parents, her hometown, and her reentry into society. Told through keenly observant, satirical journal entries, Susan Juby's first novel is wise, witty, and utterly original.

 

About Susan Juby

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SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master's degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at susanjuby.com.
 
Published April 28, 2000 by Thistledown Press. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Alice MacLeod of Smithers, B.C., finds herself at the beginning of the summer virtually cast adrift: Her therapist is in Vancouver, her best friend is in Wisconsin, her boyfriend is in Scotland and her environmental protester-mother is in jail.

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When Alice was an imaginative little girl enamored of The Hobbit, her well-meaning but inept New Age parents allowed her to start school dressed in full Hobbit regalia, complete with a peaked green cap.

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Goethals does a superb turn as Alice, the alienated teen possessed of a biting sarcasm who stars in Juby's frequently hilarious novel.

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Alice, a misfit extraordinaire, has been home-schooled by her aging-hippie parents since early childhood;

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Alice has been home-schooled by her aging-hippie parents since early childhood (catering to her fantasy that she is a hobbit, Alice's parents send her to first grade in a homemade outfit involving a burlap-sack tunic and felt slippers with fake fur on the toes, and don't understand why the teache...

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This installment opens with the first scene from Alice's screenplay "Of Moose and Men"--a creative work loosely based on her own life.

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New York Public Library

As Alice works through the issues inherent to starting at a new school and tries to find new friends, readers watch her simultaneously learn how better to engage with the world at large (a revolution that continues in this novel's two sequels Miss Smithers and Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last).

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