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Alice on Board (Alice #24)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  777 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
In her last adventure before starting college, Alice takes to the open sea for the summer—and nothing can stop the tides of change.

Everything Alice has ever known is about to change—from where she sleeps at night to how close her closest friends will be. So Alice is meeting that seasick feeling head-on by setting sail as staff on a Chesapeake Bay cruise ship. And like any
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published May 2012)
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Jessica
Jun 05, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-series
I have loved the Alice books for about 15 years. I have grown up with Alice- unfortunately, a lot quicker than her since I have aged three years for every one of hers. I cried when Alice cried, laughed as she shared great times with Pam and Liz, and stuck through the series even if the past few books haven't been my favorites. I stuck with them because I love the character of Alice and, frankly, the end of the series is in sight. 'Alice on Board' is the second-to-last book.

That being said, this
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Morgan
Oh, Alice. I have faithfully read your books since I was ten years old and could still relate to all of your embarrassing, endearing, and sometimes edgy anecdotes. But then, sometime around "Dangerously Alice," something happened. Either I out-grew you, or Naylor really just stopped trying to hold her finger on the pulse of today's teenagers. I mean, I get it; these books are meant to be timeless and not tied to any particular era or trend. But for all of Alice's envelope-pushing status and ...more
Kricket
the third star is out of my generous and loyal love for this series, which i've been reading for almost as long as i've had a library card. i cannot say it better than a fellow reviewer, stephanie, who said the book should have been called "alice, i'm bored."

i was really looking forward to reading about alice's summer working aboard a cruise ship, but this somehow managed to be the most boring cruise ship in operation. in spite of the drama PRN tries to inject (one of the crew members is a *gas
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Katyh
Jul 16, 2012 Katyh rated it liked it
First off, I admit off the bat that the only reason I've continued to read this series is that I've been reading them since the first one came out, and I just can't seem to stop, especially because the next one is the last. They've been getting progressively worse and worse, more like after-school specials than actual novels. There is no reason for you to read this book unless you, like me, have some weird need to stick with the series until the end.

I may be in the minority here, but I think Ali
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Kate
May 24, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
I've been reading the Alice series since I was roughly Alice's age myself (about 12). I'm not going anywhere and I'm sure Alice's loyal fans will enjoy this installment, but I thought it was pretty lackluster. It's thin on plot and primarily episodic and although a little less "After School Special" like than some of the more recent installments, Naylor still seems to want to impart some lessons to her readers.

These books could really do with some better editing, too. The teenagers simply do no
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Stephanie
May 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012


I've been reading the Alice books since The Agony of Alice was released, and yet, I can't stop reading them. This was the worst installment by a mile, and I question if Ms. Naylor really wrote it. I thought I was reading a Babysitter's Club Super Special. Seriously, it should have been called Alice, I'm Bored. One of the worst books I have ever read.
Helen
Apr 14, 2013 Helen added it
This book felt like filler to me -- something to pass the time and get Alice and her friends into a different setting before Naylor can whisk her off to college and the rest of her life (I'm eagerly awaiting the epilogue of her life, at least)!

When Alice was excited that something bad (but eventful) had occurred on the cruise line just to have something she could write about to Patrick...I would say that summed up my experiences with Alice over the most recent years. Is anything going to happen
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Jane
Aug 31, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
I've read all of the Alice books so far, and loved the early ones. I even started buying all of them because I wanted to collect the entire series. Alice was so funny, and so prone to embarrassing mishaps. But somewhere around the time that the books became more "young adult" (by which I mean smaller in size, and less cartoony in the cover art), the quality of the books started going down. I was getting bored, and not much seemed to be happening, plot-wise. I stopped buying the new books and ...more
Ashley
Jul 11, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012, 3-stars
I had high hopes for the second-to-last Alice book, after all, I do love the books about her summers. And a summer on a cruise ship? I've been looking forward to this all year! I did find that this book fell a little short, though. (view spoiler) Also, I obviously don't rem ...more
Liana
Feb 19, 2013 Liana marked it as unfinished
I'll probably never finish this. I don't have time to waste on boring books. I like Alice books a lot & plan to get the last one. She could have done way more with this one. Time for Alice to get a little crazy. And when will she have sex with Patrick dammit? That's basically what I've been waiting for in the past six books, lol.'
Melody
Nov 15, 2012 Melody rated it did not like it
Somehow I missed the twenty-third book in this series, but it doesn't matter. Alice has devolved into one of the most boring teenagers I've ever read about. She reads like a much older person. This book does little to advance her growth, or my interest in finishing the series.
kylajaclyn
Jun 09, 2013 kylajaclyn rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.

Looking back on my review of the last book, Incredibly Alice, I can see that I had no idea what this book would entail (I was hoping for sex, clearly). Well, on Alice's farewell-to-high-school summer aboard The Seascape, no one had sex - not even Gwen. However, I was not nearly as dissatisfied with this book as most people. I see that a main complaint is how archaic the language is. However, I've always seen Alice as a responsible, self-possessed teenager. If we want to take peek at
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Jennifer
Oct 30, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Nothing monumental, but a nice change from other Alice books. In the summer between her high school graduation and college start, Alice and her friends work on a cruise ship that goes around the Chesapeake Bay.

Alice makes a new friend that's a boy, learns about customer service, and what happens when your job turns out to be not what was expected. She also has a freak out about Patrick when she forgets to call him before he leaves for Spain.

Not as much spirit or energy as the better books in the
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Cynthia
Nov 04, 2016 Cynthia rated it really liked it
The stuff with Pamela and her mother was super intense.
Laura Hughes
Sep 09, 2014 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it
Shelves: girly-ya, alice
You know, maybe I'm just comparing it relative to the last few lackluster Alice books, but I enjoyed this one a lot! I wasn't super sold on the cruise ship milieu before I read it, but it works. The ship & crew workings seem well-researched (or at least plausibly invented), and there's a good balance of unusual job details, new close-quarters co-worker drama, personal main-characters drama, vaguely romantic new friendship, and actual suspenseful events. This book has rising action! And a ...more
Kate
May 30, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, realistic
I'll admit that I stopped reading Naylor's Alice McKinley series around the time Elizabeth had one of those three-day, never-again-mentioned bouts with anorexia that is so common on TV shows and in books. Admittedly, by the time The Grooming of Alice was released, I was seventeen and beyond the target age for the books anyway. But there are a lot of very funny, memorable moments in earlier installments that have stayed with me - Alice's list of things that make her responsible, Pamela's hilariou ...more
Chev E
Oct 03, 2012 Chev E rated it it was ok
Alice McKinley has finally graduated high school and is spending the summer before college working on a cruise ship with her best friends. She has some tiny adventures, one or two big adventures, and misses Patrick the whole time. The end.

I used to love the Alice books, primarily because of how relateable Alice was. I felt it in this book but instead of enjoying this one I thought it was kind of annoying. Alice felt more like a walking PSA than a teenage girl and her feelings were too defined to
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Jessica
Sep 30, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is an amazing author. Her "Alice" series is loved by many including myself but "Alice on Board" is not one of my favorites. This book is about her life as a senior and how the main character, Alice, works on the Chesapeake Cruise with her friends after graduation. Alice is realizing how different things will be once the summer is over and everyone goes their separate ways. Her friends,(Pamela, Liz, and Gwen), will all start their own lives and chase after their dreams. ...more
Molly (Conan the Librarian) Crumbley
This second-to-last book in the long-running Alice McKinley series features even-keeled heroine Alice the summer before she goes away to college. She and her faithful besties Pamela, Liz, Gwen, and Yolanda have all scored great summer jobs on board a Chesapeake Bay cruise ship, and all five of them are eager to have one last adventure together before they go their separate ways in the fall.

At first, Alice’s summer on the seas is a dream; despite the hard work, she is enjoying all of the excursio
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Emily Dean
Jun 03, 2013 Emily Dean rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
This makes me so sad to say, since I've been reading these books for almost 14 years (holy crap!), but Alice's time is over. As everyone else has said, Alice's internal monologue is nearer to that of a 57 year old than a 17 year old, using terminology that has been out of touch since the 80s, the storylines are dry, and I just miss the way Alice used to be - sitting around the pool, joking with the gang, worrying about teenager things, not dealing with a million major issues at once. She spends ...more
Joe
Feb 01, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
How do you spend your summer before college? Well, ten weeks working on a cruise ship on the Chesapeake Bay with a group of your high school friends doesn’t seem half bad.

Would this be considered chick lit? I mostly checked it out because it’s based on life as a cruise staff. Honestly, it was a good read, but it’s only a decent read if you can accept there’s no real thrust to the story. There are a variety of brewing conflicts, but none ever boil over into a climax and resolution. It’s a good tr
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Samantha
Jul 11, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
Alice has just graduated high school and she and her friends are spending their summer working as stewards on a cruise line that sails the east coast. What they didn't know before they signed on was that in a prior life the ship was a junker and when they refurbished it for this set of cruises they didn't do much beyond touching up the paint.

I loved all the details of setting in this title. Through Alice's eyes the author takes readers on a first hand experience of working aboard a ship. The sid
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Frances
Jun 26, 2012 Frances rated it liked it
3 stars is generous, but I went into this with really low expectations and it wasn't quite as disappointing as I anticipated. The last couple of Alice books were so frustratingly bad that I swore them off, but when this one appeared in my hands as I was cataloging, I couldn't resist. In some ways, this one reminds me of the earlier Alice books. The only problem is that this is the second-to-last Alice book, and the last normal Alice book, so it would have been nice if it focused more on the ...more
Elissa
Jul 18, 2013 Elissa rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I've always loved Alice McKinley, from the time I was introduced to her in 5th grade via Alice in Rapture, Sort Of [yes, I know I read the 2nd book before I read the 1st]. This is the penultimate book in the series, with the finale being released later this year.

While Alice on Board was a good (ish) story, it lacked a lot of the older books' magic. Alice doesn't learn anything (besides skills on how to fold hospital corners on beds on a cruise line), there are no morals she wrestles with, there
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Heather
Dec 08, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
I just keep reading the Alice books, but I think they are getting worse. I adored the early titles in the series, and I've reread some of them recently and still loved them. This leads me to conclude that PRN is just better at writing for younger girls than teenagers. I think she's had some trouble keeping up with the times--all the texts are written like emails, for example--and the characters' vocabulary seems more fitting of tweens than seniors in high school. The plot of this one is fairly ...more
Charty
Aug 27, 2012 Charty rated it liked it
I don't know - maybe I've finally outgrown the Alice books, but the last few seem to be missing their inherent charm and humor and this latest installment was lackluster as well. Alice and her friends sign on to work a cruise line for their summer job. Queue the fussy passengers and the virtues of hard work. Alice strikes up a friendship with Mitch and moons over Patrick, the perfect boyfriend who never seems to be around and makes no sacrifices for poor Alice. She should DTMF. Anyway, there ...more
Talia
Jun 25, 2012 Talia rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Alice and her friends are spending the summer working on a cruise ship that runs along the East Coast, and she is excited for adventure. But with Patrick away in Spain, Alice wonders if their parallel lives will ever cross again.

So in this Alice book, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENS. Really. They all work on a cruise ship, Alice pines for Patrick, and there's a lost turtle. Also, this book reinforced my desire to never go on another cruise again in my life. But for all of my griping, I enjoyed readin
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Pamela Hubbard
I'm glad this series isn't over, although I felt that the last book, when Alice graduated high school, had a great ending and could have been a tidy way to close the door on this series. This book was a semi-let-down. The characters are all consistent and genuine, and there is plenty of introspection and personal growth, as usual, but I felt that this book lacked something. It was very focused on the setting: Alice and her friends working on a cruise ship in the Chesapeake Bay. It's the summer ...more
Kimberly
Jul 04, 2012 Kimberly rated it did not like it
Ughh it's so unfortunate that one of my favorite series of books from my childhood is ending on such a bad note. Nothing happened in this entire book! The characters don't have any personality anymore. In the begining, Pamela was the "wild one", Elizabeth was the "innocent one" and Alice was sort of in the middle. Now they're all just the same, bland character. They also don't talk or act like any teenagers I've ever known. I was a teenager a lot more recently than PRN and I can assure you that ...more
Kirsten
Aug 03, 2012 Kirsten rated it did not like it
The only reason to read this book is for completeness's sake, and because you are invested in the characters. Dear gods, nothing happens in this book and it is OMG so painful! The writing is so out of touch that I can't even focus on the narrative voice, because the authorial voice is so *present* in its stead, so I spent much of the book wondering why she wrote each passage that particular way. Naylor throws in these weird details that (a) seem out of place in a supposedly teenaged narrative ...more
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo
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  • Alice in Rapture, Sort of (Alice, #2)
  • Reluctantly Alice (Alice, #3)
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