The Agony of Alice (Alice, #1)
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The Agony of Alice (Alice #1)

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Life, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment. Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn't know how. It's worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model. Her mother has been dead for years. Help and advice can only come from her father, manager of a music store, and her nineteen-year-old brother, who is a slob. What do t...more
Paperback, 131 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published September 1st 1985)
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Farah
Ngga ada satu orangpun yang pernah bilang sama gue, kalo jadi remaja itu SUSAH.
Lebih susah dari sekedar naik metromini ke melawai, terus ngerjain soal-soal spmb yang hasilnya cuma bisa menjawab 4 pertanyaan buat mata pelajaran matematika yang jumlah soalnya ada.. 25. And double that.

Lebih susah dari sekedar bangun pagi-pagi buta, menyeret badan ke kamar mandi, cuci muka-gosok gigi-pake kaos kaki dan sepatu lari, lalu membuka pintu pagar, nyalain mp3, dan mulai pemanasan. Lari pagi. Selama 3 bula...more
Cayla Mcelwee
For my summer reading I chose to read the book The Agony of Alice. I really enjoyed this book, and it kept my attention throughout the entire thing. If I could I would rate this book at 4.5 stars, but since I am not able to, I rated it 4. This book was about a girl starting 6th grade at a new school, which was very convenient for me because she is my age, and having the same troubles as me. The Agony of Alice showed all of Alice's troubles like being new, getting a teacher that she didn't want,...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Reviewed on Page Turners Blog for Banned Books Week on October 4, 2012*

According to the American Library Association (ALA), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series has been one of the most challenged year after year. I decided that this had to be the year to pick it up. I needed to see for myself why the story would be so very controversial.

And here’s what I discovered – Alice is one of the most delightful narrators I’ve read. She’s in sixth grade and in search of a mother figure because her ow...more
Heidi *Listen. I'll just keep talking anyway. *
What a great middle grade read. You know a middle grade book is above average when you can read it as an adult and still love it. I felt like I could really relate to Alice. My own mother died when I was 13 so I know what it is like to want to find a "replacement mother". I feel like Ms. Naylor did a wonderful job of showing how hard it is to be a tween and think all the crazy thoughts someone that age thinks. I am glad I stumbled upon this series ( I saw one of the later books when Alice is in...more
Natalie
I remember the first time I heard about Alice.

I was in 7th grade band and my fellow flutist was reading one of the Alice books. She was giggling her head off and so, of course, I had to know what was so funny. She started raving about this fabulous series and then in a confidential whisper told me that it talked about PERIODS and BOOBS. It was so SCANDALOUS! Which meant, of course, that I rushed right to the library and checked out all the Alice books I could find. Once I started reading them,...more
Pam
I couldn't resist the book when I read the back cover:

"Life is like a dumpster. As soon as you get rid of one embarrassment, you pick up another. I new that this was going to go on forever unless I found someone to set an example for me, and by the time I got the mustard off my shirt, I'd made up my mind: I'd adopt a mother."

Obviously this book was going to amuse me and since Naylor is a Newbery Medal winner for Shiloh, I figured it was a sure hit. There are 26 Alice stories about Alice McKinley...more
Kathryn
October 2011 re-read.

It's hard to believe I've been reading (and re-reading) Alice for 13 years. My Alice collection is mismatched from all the different print runs, so I broke down and bought the matching set with the new covers. I love them! The font and style has been synced for all of the volumes, and very small updates have been made (probably unnoticable if you haven't read these books over a dozen times) such as "milkman" being changed to "mailman." But this is still the same Alice who de...more
Kari
Aug 29, 2011 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I really enjoyed this book. Alice reminded me of myself at age 11. Embarrassing things always seemed to happen to me and I was always wanted to disappear. Alice lives with her father and older brother who have no clue how to relate to a girl. Her father calls her "Al" and her brother doesn't know that jeans come in girls sizes as well as boys. Her relationship with her family makes for some amusing scenes, such as the time a younger Alice asks her brother what a period is after hearing some olde...more
Lindsey
Alice McKinley is sure she is the most embarrassing person on earth. She is also sure it's because she doesn't have a mother to show her what to do. Alice thinks if she can only get the beautiful Miss Cole as her teacher this year, she can adopt Miss Cole as her surrogate mother and get back on the right track. Alas, she is Mrs. Plotkin's room, and Alice is mortified. Everything bad always happens to her! Will Alice ever grow up? Or will she keep growing backwards?

I thought Alice was so spot-on...more
Mary
The first of a series that was on a list of frequently banned books so I took it out of the library to see what all the fuss was about. Horrors: 6th grade Alice gets her first bra and her first period.

Somehow I missed this series as my girls were growing up. It is that just right combination of funny and growing up agonizing. Alice reminds me somewhat of Anastasia, heroine of another good growing up series, who also has a list of what is going well and badly in life. In spite of the censors, I w...more
Tiffany
Laughing all along the way. Such a cute book brought back memories of teenage growing pains. The funniest part was when she got her period while visiting her aunt in Chicago. Alice, in sixth grade, lives with her father and brother, her mother passed away when she was young. The story starts out with Alice trying to switch her homeroom teacher, and ends with her cherishing Mrs. Plotkin, still her original homeroom teacher. Mrs. Plotkin gives her a family heirloom, a silver ring with a green ston...more
Amanda
Alice’s mother died when she was four, and now Alice is looking for a mother figure. She has her sights set on Miss Cooper, a sixth-grade teacher, but instead Alice is assigned to Ms. Plotkin’s class. Ms. Plotkin is dumpy and frumpy, not the kind of woman Alice figures she can get advice from about transitioning from a young girl to a young woman. Alice gets a boyfriend, her period, and puberty hits. These elements combine to put this book on the banned list, but I think it is an insightful and...more
Troy Meany
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Ashley
This is a coming of age book about a girl named Alice. All she needs is guidance and with her mom dead she hopes she gets the perfect teacher, but she doesn't and gets stuck with a horrible teacher instead who looks like she can't help Alice at all. This was a really quick read and I enjoyed reading it because I could totally relate to Alice.
Caroline
Alice has moved, once again, from Takoma Park to Silver Spring. She meets the kids at school: the redheaded Patrick Long, the golden-haired princess Pamela Jones, and the perfect Elizabeth Price. Alice learns how to deal with all sorts of humiliation, but she takes it in good grace.
Dana Carlisle
Love Alice, Elizabeth, Patrick and Lester. This boom is ammmaaaaazing
Ramona
Although I read this book nearly a decade (or so) ago, Alice brings me fond memories of my childhood. I remember trying to read every single Alice book I could find (our library didn't wasn't too organized back then).

What made the Alice series most unique was her genuine personality. Her reactions, insecurities, and lessons learned all made sense. She was so authentic and relatable, she seemed real.

I remember thinking what a shame it was she wasn't a real person and how wonderfully sweet and sim...more
Samantha
My favorite book in the Alice series! This was the first book Naylor wrote about Alice, though now it falls 4th in the series behind the 3 prequels.

Alice is in 6th grade and new to Silver Springs. She struggles with the idea of whether or not she is growing backwards as evidenced by all of her embarrassing moments.

Longing for a mother, Alice sets her sights on Miss Cole, a glamorous 6th grade teacher. She is sure that if she can just get placed in Miss Cole's class, then she will be living a l...more
Chinelo
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Once again, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor takes us inside the mind of Alice in THE AGONY OF ALICE, and shares all the crazy adventures and thoughts that we never thought a pre-teen would have.

Alice McKinley is moving into a new house and entering the sixth grade. Almost a teenager, Alice just wants a little help getting used to all of those crazy issues that girls experience. And only having a father and brother, neither of whom kno...more
Ratri Anugrah
Alice tumbuh tanpa asuhan seorang ibu. Dia tinggal bersama ayahnya, seorang manager di toko musik, dan kakaknya, Lester. Suatu hari dia sedang membereskan barang-barangnya sebelum pindah ke Silver Spring. Dia mengingat semua hal bodoh yang dia lakukan semasa TK: menulis puisi untuk seorang pengantar susu dan mencium tarzan. Alice tidak mau kejadian bodoh seperti itu terulang lagi.

Namun ternyata keberuntungan tidak berpihak padanya. Dia sangat ingin masuk ke kelas Ms Cole dan menjadikannya ibu an...more
Gale
BANNED BECAUSE OF BLUE BVD'S???

Poor Alice McKinney--only ll years old and no mother to show her how to become a woman or even face impending Teenage-hood. Her father is too busy at his music store and her much older brother is worse than useless--as if either of them had first-hand experience in distaff duties. Alice concludes that she needs to "adopt" some glamorous, spiffy, chic teacher as a fill-in mom.

But she winds up in the Wrong class to realize that goal so easily: she considers herself...more
Emma (Miss Print)
In the world of children's literature (and in recent years also YA), one name is mentioned above all others: Alice. To be specific, Alice McKinley--the intrepid heroine of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's long running children's/YA series.

"The Agony of Alice" is the debut novel of this series, originally published in 1985 and now out in a variety of reprints with myriad versions of cover art. Personally, I'd be more willing to consider Naylor's prequel novel "Starting With Alice" (from 2002) to be the...more
Angel
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Meagan
This is one of those series that, somehow, I completely missed when I was growing up. I was totally unaware of Alice's existence until library school, when I learned that specific titles in the series are frequently challenged. Suffice it to say that there's nothing like a good challenge to make me want to read a book, which is what led me to Alice in the first place. I'm pleased to report that, once again, hyper-protective overly vigilant book challengers have led me to to another favorite. Ali...more
Anna
Nov 04, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Anna by: no one
The agony of Alice is a great book! It is about a girl that is about to become a teenager, but she does not know how. Her mom died when she was just a baby. She lives with her dad and her older brother Lester. They mover every year. When they moved this time they had to go to school right away. Alice, when she got there and everyone waited on the playground to hear their named called by their new teacher. When Alice heard her named being called she jumped, and looked over to where she heard it b...more
Jennifer Leigh
I have started a reading project. Because Ms. Naylor released the final book in this series this year, and because this was a series I started when I was in middle school but never finished, I am going to read them all! Thus, my Alice project has begun!

I read this book I when I was in middle school for the first time and I remember really enjoying it. Alice is a character that is easy to relate to, and her experiences are universal. Naylor writes in a way that invokes emotion and empathy from th...more
Nicole Fraijo
I first read this book in the 6th grade for a book report. One of the reasons I liked it so much was because I could really relate to it. the main character, alice was the same age as I was and no matter how hard she tried, she would almost always end up embarrassing herself in some way. for a good majority of the book she was convinced that she was growing backwards. when I was in 6th grade I saw a lot of myself in the character of Alice. I still like to read this book now and again when I need...more
Elissa
An excellent start to the children's/YA series, Alice McKinley ("Al" for short) is described to readers as an average girl. Her mother died when she was five so she's raised by her father and brother.

Book takes place: Alice's 6th grade year.
Alice's life lessons: Beauty is on the inside.
Best Alice moment(s): introduction to the boy in the blue underpants; Maharaja's horse; Alice as a bramble bush.
Hannah Rush
This was actually pretty good. I was surprised at how interesting the storyline was. I had seen the movie "Alice Upside Down" and knew it was based off of a book series, but had never read the books. I found this at a flea market a little over a month ago and knew I had to get it and read it. I didn't think I would like it much, because the movie wasn't that good, but had an actor or two that I liked.
This is written in a simple but different style. It is for children 9-13 (so it says), though...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...more
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“Patrick and I were about as different as two people could possibly be. Nothing embarrasses Patrick very much, and everything embarrasses me. Just being alive embarrasses me.” 3 likes
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