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Now I'll Tell You Everything (Alice #25)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  716 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Alice McKinley is going to college! And everything, from her room to her classes to her friends, is about to change. Stoically, nervously, Alice puts her best foot forward…and steps into the rest of her life.

Just how crazy will her college life get? Will Alice’s dream of becoming a psychologist come true? Are she and her BFFs destined to remain BFFs? And with so many miles
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Hardcover, 517 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 2013)
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The Library Lady
Phyllis Naylor shouldn't have written this book.

I know she wanted to finish the series and give Alice's legion of fans a look into the rest of Alice's life. But in doing so she has written a book that is not a believable full account of a life, but rather something that reads as if a fan had written it--and a young fan at that.

Alice's voice has rung clearly through all the Alice books. They went at a leisurely pace, often covering no more than a few months or at most a year in Alice's life.

Here,
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Elissa
I'm going to admit that I was a teensy bit wary about this final book. The work in the latest books deteriorated a little bit, as it felt like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor grew less and less in touch with the young people of today. I can tell you all about the distinctive moments in the first Alice books, like Denise Whitlock's bullying, the pencil test, the gum in Pamela's hair, Alice's fake wedding in high school and Pamela's fake pregnancy, and it all felt so real to me when I was younger and coul ...more
Vespi
PROLOGUE: This is going to be a long, emotional review. I will not just be reviewing this book, but also reflecting back on the whole series now that it is finally over. And what an ending it was. Some may be daunted or annoyed by the length. I thought about keeping it short, but quickly realized I wouldn't be able to write a "normal" review. All I ask is for you to remember that this ending is an emotional moment for a longtime Alice fan, and I cannot write a review of the 25th (28th if you inc ...more
Stephanie
I grew up with The Agony of Alice and the other early Alice books (I still remember how thrilled I was the day I found Alice in Rapture, Sort Of at Target right when it was released). Then, after the first handful of books, I started becoming more and more disenchanted with Alice. It became a boring, repetitive series.

But reading this book was like taking a punch to the gut - it was unexpected, and kind of painful. And for me, this was a good thing. It reminded me of all the things that I loved
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Kate
Fair warning upfront: if you aren't already an Alice McKinley fan, this book won't appeal at all. It's a straightforward chronology of what happens to Alice and her friends after high school up until age sixty. Long-time Alice fans will probably know why Naylor chose this age as her cutoff. Always Alice suffers from trying to cover such a wide swath of time - no matter how you slice it, trying to capture this much time in 544 pages is incredibly difficult. I thought Naylor would have done better ...more
Miri
All right. If you were an active fan of this series all along—like, keeping up with the author's website and writing in your suggestions for the series—you may have been less surprised by the last book than I was (maybe). But I was really disappointed by the way this series ended. (Don't worry; no spoilers except the general outline of the book.)

Each of the twenty-seven previous books, including prequels, covered a space of four months. First semester of the school year, second semester, summer.
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Keke
{Some spoilers!!!!}
Oh Lordy Lordy Lordy. Where to start? The outdated wording? Lackluster characters? Gah what a shame! I've been reading Alice books since I was 12. I loved Alice's tenacity, goofiness, constant slip of the tongue, and curiosity. Her friends were cool too: Pamela was so DRAMA and Elizabeth was so goody, goody but tried hard not to judge her friends, was always a soft hearted good friend. Most important they were their own people. Completely different from Alice. What happened? D
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Beth
Before I embark on this admittedly negative review I have to mention that this series really meant a lot to me while I was growing up. I really appreciate the author's commitment to her fans and its evident that this book was written with the now mostly adult readers in mind. That being said, I was dubious of this book when I heard a few years ago that it would take Alice from 18-60 in one book and I think I was correct to have been suspicious. I was really rooting for the final book to be aweso ...more
Heather
I am super duper emotional about this series being over right now. One day in middle school I went to the public library and borrowed The Agony of Alice. Since then this series has not only been a part of my childhood but a constant in my life. So I will admit that when I was about to start reading this book, I teared up.

Now I'll Tell You Everything, was not a perfect ending to this series. Yet it succeeded my expectations. I was not a huge fan of the last few recent Alice books, especially Alic
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Emily
I was really conflicted about this book- on the one hand, there are some things Phyllis Naylor did beautifully. The last few scenes in particular were very sweet and nostalgia-inducing. On the whole, though, I was kind of disappointed- the 3 stars are really more of a 2.5. As the synopsis indicates, this book really does tell you everything you wanted to know about Alice McKinley, from age 18 all the way to 60. As a result, the story feels incredibly rushed at times- the novel covers Alice's fir ...more
Gabrielle
Really this book is 2. 5 stars and the .5 is for nostalgic fondness. This book does not lie it does follow Alice from 18-60. Yes I guess that those of us who have "known" Alice for years did want to know how she ended up and with whom. Perhaps though we didn't need quite this much detail. Frankly a lot of the book was just dull. I mean I thought "who cares?" several times.

There are also a thousand little nitpicks I have because I am very familiar with the area that she is writing about. Which i
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Brittany
Having always loved Alice as a kid, I was so excited to read how her life turned out. Parts of her story were a little long and a little eye roll inducing, but it was sweet overall. The ending especially was perfect how everything came full circle and it made me nostalgic for the girl I was when I first read Alice. However, I did find myself frequently thinking that Naylor seemed a bit out of touch with aspects of Alice's life (particularly the college years), but when the included endnote by Na ...more
Ashley
I'm biased. I don't necessarily think that Now I'll Tell You Everything, the final book in the Alice McKinley series, was a five star book. But I've grown up with Alice, and even though this last book was by no means a strong entry to the series (or even all that surprising, to be honest), it was still a fantastic sendoff. And I will buy the book when it is actually released, because I can't have an incomplete collection! ;)

A little more on my thoughts: (view spoiler)
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Emily Dean
The book itself isn't up to the standards we were all used to in the era of Alice Alone, but is far, far better than the previous 4 or 5 books. As almost everyone else has said, she fast-forwarded way too fast once Alice graduated from college, and I was so sad about the deaths of certain characters, but the ending was impeccable. I cried through the last chapter and the afterward because I'm so sad that this series is over. It was time for Alice to go, but I grew up with these characters and wi ...more
Miko O.
Pros:
- I like the title a lot, although Always Alice would have been cute too. It does give me a lovely sense of closure to feel like I know everything now after reading these books for 20 years. Holy shit. 20 years!
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Cons:
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Christiana
I'll say this for PRN: anyone who writes about teenagers for over 20 years has my heart. Anyone who can write about feelings and exactly put their finger on why something hurts so much and feels a certain way has my heart. Sure, it's long and rushed. It's a lot of time she wants to cover. But it's Naylor's love letter to the fans and for that, I can't fault her. I wept in all the right places and appreciated the philosophical look at life after college. It made me think a little! Also: (view spo ...more
Maria
I can't believe I've been reading the Alice books since I was twelve, and I can't believe PRN stuck to it and wrote twenty-eight books about Alice and her friends. NOW I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING/ALWAYS ALICE is the final book in the series and covers Alice's life from her first year of college through her sixtieth birthday. All of the previous books covered about four months of Alice's life, so this was a huge break from form. But it might not have been the best narrative decision.

From the get go,
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Dana
I was wholly satisfied with my reading experience. I have some minor complaints, but they are mostly structural and really don’t involve the content. (With the exception of Pamela’s storyline. She’s my favorite character of the series, and I thought this book was lacking in Pamela presence and what little we did get of her didn’t always gel with my mental image of her, specifically the last information we get about her.) Other structural problems I took issue with involved the lack of Lester inf ...more
Meagan
That's a hell of a lot of life crammed into one book! It begins with Alice leaving for college, and ends with her, at sixty years old, reuniting with some of the old gang. It's hard to really judge it fairly, I think. Usually I'd be really critical of the way the story is told - like an older person telling story after story as they wander memory lane. And occasionally it felt like there should be a pause in the story as "The More You Know!" scrolled across the pages with that old PSA shooting s ...more
Katyh
I enjoyed this a lot more than I enjoyed any of the other recent Alice books (and when I say recent, I'm probably reaching back at least a decade or so). I started the series not long after it debuted, when I was in fifth or sixth grade and about the age of Alice McKinley. Since then, Alice has only aged about 12 years, whereas I've aged.... well, let's not do that math.

This finale to the series takes Alice from the start of college to age 60. This gives Naylor a whole new set of problems to exp
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Kricket
i started reading this series in elementary school and grew up with alice. i would obsessively check the "new YA" section at my local library for the latest installment, and once amazon started announcing pub dates ahead of time, i marked them on my calendar. all this to say, it's weird that this is the last book and i feel bizarrely emotional about it. a 28 volume series (25 + 3 prequels), most of which i've read more than once, takes up quite a chunk of literary real estate in a 30 year old wo ...more
Amy
I couldn't not read the final Alice book. I loved Alice as soon as I found The Agony of Alice on a shelf in our tiny library in my grade school and as each new book was published I anxiously got my hands on it and generally plowed through it in one sitting. After high school, I lost touch a bit with Alice, but was thrilled to discover that she was still having adventures even after I graduated college, grad school and moved on into my "adult" life. This book does exactly what it's meant to do--w ...more
Abi
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Betsy
The last few Alice books have been meh, and I've read them only because I've read every Alice book (and loved them for years). I didn't feel much different about this one, which covers Alice's life from the beginning of college until she turns 60 (and that's the reason it's more than 500 pages long). Things turn out pretty much the way one expects them to turn out; Naylor says she wrote this when she still had six or seven Alice books to go, and tossed it into a vault. She obviously threw in som ...more
Barb Dean
NOW I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING has all the qualities that drew me to the original title many years ago. The same humour and worldly wisdom that Naylor provided in other titles find their way into this title. Read this to find out how Alice manages after reaching university. Does she marry her long time friend and romance Patrick? What career path does she choose? This book contains some of the best safe sex guidelines I've ever encountered - all delivered in a respectful and realistic framework. B ...more
Delaney Michelle
I felt like the whole book was one giant epilogue (that's not a bad thing) a great way to end things.
Fatou
OK so i've read nearly all of the Alice books and i've started since around 3rd or 4th grade so I really evolved with the books. When i heard it would cover her life from college, I was wary of how that would work but I guess she did an OK job.

I agree with one of the other posters about how she's not in touch with younger people. Little things annoy me, like the names. How many young people in this day and age do you know named Lester, Lyle, Alice, Pamela, Patricia and Moe? Everything just soun
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Lisa W.
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Sarah Beth
Like many others who read this book, it gets 5 stars for giving a satisfying ending to a life that meant a lot to many young girls. I loved Alice when I was in Middle School-- Alice buying Patrick boxer shorts and chocolate-covered potato chips in an early book remains my standard of a perfect gift for a teenage girl to give a boy-- and I devoured the first ten or so books in the series. Of course, over the years, I outgrew Alice a bit, but when I saw this book had come out, I had to see if Patr ...more
Kelsey
This is a book you should only be reading if you have read the rest of the series and it's the last of a series that I've been reading since seventh grade. Saying that, it's a series that has helped me through my middle and high school days and a series I finally finished in the tail end of my undergraduate career. Still I have to say, I was disappointed.

The Alice series shoves as many issues into its books as possible and earlier in the series it came off as genuine and helpful. As I got older
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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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Other Books in the Series

Alice (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • The Agony of Alice (Alice, #1)
  • Alice in Rapture, Sort of (Alice, #2)
  • Reluctantly Alice (Alice, #3)
  • All But Alice (Alice, #4)
  • Alice in April (Alice, #5)
  • Alice In-Between (Alice, #6)
  • Alice the Brave (Alice, #7)
  • Alice in Lace (Alice, #8)
  • Outrageously Alice (Alice, #9)
  • Achingly Alice (Alice, #10)
Shiloh (Shiloh, #1) The Agony of Alice (Alice, #1) Faith, Hope, and Ivy June Shiloh Season (Shiloh, #2) Saving Shiloh (Shiloh, #3)

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