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Alice, I Think (Alice MacLeod #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by HarperTempest (first published January 1st 2000)
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Monica!
Well, it’s only two days into the new year, friends, and I’ve already hit my first Abandoned book.

I’ve also already hit my first Tragic Disappointment book, because the introductory chapter to this novel was perfectly heart-wrenchingly funny and my expectations skyrocketed accordingly.

My parents didn’t send me to kindergarten, because they said they didn’t feel ready yet. But then my brother, MacGregor, was born, and they had to spread around their urge to overprotect. So off I went for the fir
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Irishgirl1247
I found myself with mixed feeling about Alice upon the completion of her story. While I did find the book humorous, and even laugh-out-loud funny at times I felt unsatisfied at the end. I was waiting for the opinionated, outspoken Alice of her diary to push through to the real world and she never did. In addition I felt the happenings with Goose boy at the end where haphazard and not enjoyable leaving me with a sour feeling about the book. Basically I thought the book would pull itself together ...more
LauraW
OK, first off, I have to say that I am abandoning this book. It is funny and off the wall, but for me, that doesn't last long enough to get me through the book. The voice of the MC is clear. She puts down just about everything; she is bizarre, just for the sake of being bizarre. But I need more than that. Normally, when I find that I am getting annoyed with a book that just doesn't seem to be going anywhere, I look ahead and see if I can find something that will hook me in again. But, by samplin ...more
Ash
this book was just too weird. i understand that it was meant to be funny, but all the characters were totally crazy and exaggerated. the amount of dysfuntion in this girls family is almost unbelievable. i did find a few parts to be pretty funny, but i didn't see any point to this book. the main character completely frustrated me.
Shonda
Amazing. The funniest book I've read in a while.Susan Juby manages to keep character funny but still realistic and everything in the book is so relateble.
Kathryn
This was a reread and it's still great! After I finished it my dad picked it up and he thought it was hilarious. Now that's the sign of a good YA novel.
Margaret
Coulden't finish it because it was so pathetic!!!!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Alice, I Think is a quirky story about a quirky fifteen-year-old girl called Alice MacLeod, who records her day in her journal in her original style. It's hard to describe Alice and do her justice, but let me try. Starting school in grade 1 dressed as a hobbit pretty much formed her life: after being bullied and teased and then hit in the head with a rock, she's home schooled by her ex-hippie parents. She has a therapist, a government-sponsored one (this is no tale about a spoiled rich brat) who ...more
Jenny
I don't abandon books very often, but I've read half of this and just have no desire to continue. I find Alice annoying and I really can't relate to her. As a kindergartner, Alice went to school dressed as a Hobbit and seemed to believe she really was a Hobbit. Not surprisingly, kids laughed at her. So her mom pulls her out of school and "homeschools" her (although there isn't much teaching going on...she's mostly left to her own devices.) Now she's about to go back to school...and not surprisin ...more
Pantslady
I wanted to like this. When I was 13 or so I did, and my mother did, but when I reread the series (or at least, the first three) in high school, I struggled to finish, constantly thinking 'there WAS a reason I read it in the first place' and struggling with my obsession with finishing books. They are a nice, easy read, for if you don't want to think too much, and Susan Juby seems like a nice woman- she lives/lived near where I grew up for a while. The problem is Alice. She is simply infuriating. ...more
Bubbly
This book is a joke. It was over-the-top ridiculous, poorly written, and with one of the most annoying narrators ever. I highly doubt that first graders, not including child prodigies (which Alice was definitely NOT), would be able to read The Hobbit.. at what? The age of six or seven?? What was even more ridiculous was the fact that (view spoiler) ...more
Kjerstin
So. Mindblowingly. Funny.

Maybe I just loved this book so much because, like Alice, I was a homeschooled kid who attended weird conventions with other homeschooled kids who all had bizarre obsessions, college vocabularies, and hippie anarchist parents. I can relate to the protag's sarcastic observations about her world and the people who populate it, and this book left me helpless with the giggles and reading aloud long passages of it to family and friends. It is so spot-on true, and so cynical,
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Rachael Thiessen
Alice i think is about a girl named Alice who seems wierd at first exspecially since she herself thinks that she has probelms. She doesn't understand life it seems. Things that usually make a person sad or worried she seems to enjoy. For example when her parents argue it doesn't upset her. Also her role model is a her cousin who is adicted to drugs and thats just the start of her cousins problems. Alice, I Think has some funny parts in it but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. I also d ...more
Lesley
Is it sad or scary that I related to Alice so well? There were so many instances where I thought "oh my god, I would probably have done the same thing" or "that's me to a tee". Well, I'll say this. Alice has way more guts than I do!! Or maybe she was just clueless. I certainly wouldn't have worn those clothes or had the nerve to go to my first day of school covered in poorly applied makeup!! I felt for Alice but at the same time I cheered her on. Not all of us were meant to be social butterflies ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
This is a very funny book. Alice has been traumatized by her hippie/homeschooled upbringing, but remains objective and believes the future may be better. She has a younger brother who is smart and normal and fits in, but she is ever the outsider as she negotiates all the obstacles every adolescent faces while growing up. Her comments on life and culture are hilarious and not restricted to others. Alice has a checklist of "life goals" that she works at and sees her visits to her counselor as a wa ...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Somone this week reminded of this book when she picked this book for her grade 9 English assignment. This brings back bad memories because I also read this for the grade 9 assignment. Blah!

The plot was boring and essentially had no plot. It described the life of Alice and how she did this and went there and met who and blah blah blah. I had a hard time coming up with anything to write about for my English report.

WARNING: DO NOT CHOOSE THIS BOOK FOR AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT. IT SUCKS.
Sunny Smith
I was really excited to read this book because I loved the sound of the synopsis. This was going to be good! But after the first few chapters I was so irritated that it was hard to go on. I felt like the author was just showcasing how clever she could be, with too much emphasis on being witty, and not enough on actually crafting a good story. I didn't really end up caring about Alice in the end, one way or the other.
Book
This book is hilarious. When I read it I became one of those people who bursts into fits of laughter in an otherwise silent crowd.

Alice's diary is more captivating than Adrian Mole's or Bridget Jones's. She quickly became my favourite self-involved outcast in literature, and Susan Juby my favourite local writer.

This is a series adored by teens and adults alike.
Meggsie
This book, is just simply amazing. I really enjoyed reading it because the author has a way to make someone, who is the complete opposite of this girl, feel just like her. She really has a way of letting someone know that no matter how weird their parents are, there is sone who has funnier, weirder parents. I laughed a lot at this book, I certainky recommend it.
Julie
Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance. This was another one I tried listening to on my earphones while driving. I never found the plot of the story. She kept giving off-the-wall, over-exaggerated descriptions, and none of it was believable at all. I only made it through 20 pages, so if anyone makes it farther and likes it, let me know and I'll try again.
Stephanie
I'm not quite sure why I picked this book up. I saw it in the front of the library and only once I got home did I realize it was a young adult book. I decided to go ahead and read it anyways.

It was alright, but nothing amazing. It seemed pretty straight forward and I thought the ending was awful. It just sort of...ended. Kind of weird.
Jena Thorp
I think this novel is a decent choice for young adults. It takes the reader into the life of Alice Macleod who is struggling to define who she is. I personally had a hard time connecting with the characters and found it anti-climatic and dull. I was hopeful based on previous reviews but I just was not able to really enjoy it.
Wealhtheow
A Confederacy of Dunces for the YA set. A homeschooled teenager writes about trying to integrate into society. Fortunately for the reader, she is as self-absorbed, selfish and out-of-touch with reality as could be hoped. Very amusing.
Elizabeth
This book was not worth my time; reading it was a terrible experience. It's a diary of this home-schooled girl who is friends with a lot of strange people and is in love with someone she calls "Gooseboy."
Kristin Edwards
Quick read. Enjoyed Alice's sarcasm and obliviousness to the situations she encounters. Would read books 2 and 3.
Sarah Armstrong
I'm really not quite sure to think of this book. It's a journal type novel, which I usually am in love with, but this one was strange. The narrator, Alice, was at times funny and great, but at others disturbing as well as alarming. Some parts of the novel were brilliant with their details, and some of the characters were fantastic as well. But half of the novel (more or less) was highly disturbing, whether it was her inner thoughts about the situation or simply what was occurring in the situatio ...more
Ali G
Extremely boring. Literally nothing happened the entire novel. It reminded me a lot of The Catcher in the Rye which I know is a classic, but personally, I also found extremely boring and confusing. Alice doesn't seem to realize that she actually has a social disorder and is extremely awkward and I didn't find her "adventures" that funny. Some people may enjoy the story that Alice tells. I first read this book a few years ago and I remember enjoying it then, but now that I have read it again...it ...more
Nifty
All-time favorite book. I love this more than I can say.
Juliann Whicker
Ugh. High hopes, it just never went anywhere.
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I was raised in Smithers, BC, Canada and lived there until I moved to Toronto at age 20. I had a brief and unsuccessful career as a fashion design student and, after I worked at a series of low paying jobs, such as server, record store employee, etc., I began a degree in English Literature at University of Toronto, which I finished at the University of British Columbia. After gra
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