Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

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11 Critic Reviews

A direct intercept of the youthful drug experience...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Alice
COULD BE ANYONE.
Alice
COULD BE SOMEONE YOU KNOW.
Alice
USES DRUGS.
With over a million copies in print, Go Ask Alice has become a classic of our time. This powerful real-life diary of a teenager's struggle with the seductive -- often fatal -- world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing -- and even more poignant today -- Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.
 

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Published July 13, 1999 by Simon Pulse. 192 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Go Ask Alice
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 14 1971

A direct intercept of the youthful drug experience...

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Examiner

Above average
on Oct 01 2011

What is most frustrating is the author's seeming misunderstanding that something must be true to be powerful. Fiction is a highly impactful genre...This examiner...felt great anger at the author's attempt to be intentionally misleading.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
on Jul 17 2013

The story is riveting -- even reluctant readers will devour it. The book is a powerful way for teens to really experience the tragic consequences of drug addiction.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Nicole M on Aug 08 2015

I would definitely recommend this breathtaking novel to other teenagers or young adults, especially those facing addiction. However, even those who live a clean and healthy life should read Alice’s extreme story to fully understand the effects that drugs can have.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Aug 08 2015

I believe that the anonymously written; Go Ask Alice is a well written book, and is now one of my favorites. Her experiences of being a young, teenage girl, is one that nobody goes through...I totally recommend this book. Go Ask Alice I think would be a great book for mature teenagers to read...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Aug 08 2015

It's a revealing and incrediblyhonest book, at points almost painfully so. It's great, but alsofrightening...The descriptions ofAlice's experiences are extremely detailed, the good as well asthe bad. Although this book has some content that would beinappropriate for younger teens, it's good for high school kids.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Emilia A on Aug 08 2015

...s a non-fiction book that describes the reality of a drug addict teen...Reading this book made me acknowledge how hard is the life for drug-dependent teens; although sometimes we might wonder about using drugs, this wonderful and realistic story tells us how dark one’s world can become when using them.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Nicole R on Aug 08 2015

I would recommend this book to teens and adults. I think it should be required reading in high schools. Since this is about a teen struggling with addiction and the social pressures of the drug world, it is a real eye-opener to anyone who is already struggling and for those who may be confronted with the option to use.

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Book Loons

Above average
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Jul 26 2015

Of course, this harrowing story ultimately ends badly, and readers feel for both the young woman and her family. Go Ask Alice has already sold over four million copies, and it deserves an even bigger (teen and adult) audience.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Tiffany on Dec 05 2010

I read this book several times as a middle schooler in the 1980s. It is one of the few books that has stayed with me...If your child is interested in the book, let her read it. It is eye-opening and can jump-start some good discussions.

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Reading Rants

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Reviewed by Jen Hubert Swan on May 03 2007

If you want to know what its like to take an acid trip, run away from home, or spend a little time in a mental institution, read this book or watch Oliver Stone’s The Doors. Either way, you’ll be wearing a “Drugs Suck!” t-shirt before you can say “This is your brain…”

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