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Alice in Rapture, Sort of (Alice #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,190 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
It's the summer before junior high, and Alice and her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela are convinced that they need boyfriends to be successful in school. Luckily, Alice has Patrick, who has always been a good friend. But how will he rate as a boyfriend? Alice needs advice about the rules of dating and kissing. Who should she turn to?

Between bike rides, a beach date, and
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Yearling (first published March 31st 1989)
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Nov 23, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pre-teen and teen girls
Definitely my favorite of the Alice series [and believe me, i've read them all! been working on it since 6th grade!]
This one was the first one I read of the series, and none of the others have quite met this one.
Alice is a regular ol' teenager. You can relate to her. And at the same time, you feel sorry for her for her lack of a mom and the distant relationship with her dad and brother.
Read this if you just can't seem to relate yourself to anyone else...this book [and the rest of the series, for
Nov 15, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the summer between sixth and seventh grade and Alice is happy that she has a group of close friends and, for the first time, a real boyfriend. As the summer unfolds, Alice has fun with her friends, endures the teasing of her tactless older brother, long for a mother to guide her through the mysteries of growing up female (her mother died when she was small), and persists in being herself.

This book is the second of a continuing series about Alice McKinley, her family and friends. These are
Judith Bautista
Jan 27, 2016 Judith Bautista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had to make a big decision? The genre of this book is realistic fiction. In my opinion I think this was an interesting book because it talked about Alice's love life.

The setting of this book is at Alice's school and at her house. The setting is important because it creates the whole book. The conflict of this book is person vs self because Alice was trying to decide whether or not to break up with her boyfriend Patrick Long. Alice was going to seventh grade in a couple of weeks.
Several years (maybe more) ago, I read this book that was talking about the joys of reading. I don't remember the title but there was one part that really stuck out to me - the author said that when you read, you put a piece of yourself into the book. Then, years later, when you open that book again, you find yourself. I really loved that.

Rereading Alice, I've found myself. Suddenly I am 12 years-old again and worried about crushes, who I'll sit with at lunch, if I'll ever have a boyfriend (or
Jun 13, 2016 brooklynnnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the "Alice" series has came with a menagerie of feelings and emotions. Humor because the stories and elevated emotions of a young girl are hilarious. It brings me back to the days of making something so minuscule, dramatic and a priority. Additionally, I get really nostalgic while reading these novels (almost emotionally so). With how Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote this series, a lot of the situations are similar to those readers would encounter. Maybe not personally but maybe through s ...more
Amy H
I am so happy that my library has these books. I read them as a child, but it is so nice to re-read this series.

Alice is starting seventh grade, and her friends were telling her all the "in's" to be cool. Like, if you did not have a boyfriend you were going to be considered a "dog" and it will be twice as hard to make friends. So Alice decided that she was going to help Elizabeth, her best friend get a boyfriend.

Alice was still dating Patrick, and she was wondering what someone her age buys for
Apr 09, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Alice #2, covering the summer between sixth and seventh grade.

Marked improvement over the first book in the series, mostly because the characters and their relationships are more flushed out and dynamic. Naylor wrote 'Agonies' to be a standalone, you can see in 'Rapture' that she has an eye towards the future of the series.

The lesson in this one is that you don't have to be in a hurry to grow up, which is such an important one for middle school-aged kids to hear. Naylor is an expert at teaching
Aug 13, 2015 Leigha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Mild spoilers*

I think I am turning into an old person. All through this, I kept thinking how they were too young to be thinking about having boyfriends, kissing, among other things and not able to really get into the story because I could not relate at all. When I was around 12, I had the random crush, sure and 1 'boyfriend' who only walked me home a couple times, but I broke up with him after a month or so because his friends made a bet on who would kiss their 'girlfriend' first and I did not
Cayla Mcelwee
Aug 13, 2011 Cayla Mcelwee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my summer reading I chose to read Alice in Rapture, Sort of. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, and the Alice series have been really great so far! It was very easy for me to connect to Alice (the main character) in this book because she is so close to my age, so I am going through the same type of problems she went through in this book. This book shows Alice's struggles going into 7th grade as she is getting older, and needs to figure out her problems on her own. Alice struggled with things ...more
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Is Alice ready for a boyfriend? It is the summer before seventh grade. Surely she is ready to be more than just friends with Patrick, and all that comes with that. Naylor hits it in the park with this novel. What a celebration of growing up, friendship, and family.

Alice is such an endearing character. We spend the summer with her - a typical summer of a to-be seventh grader. We experience her blooming relationship with Patrick, her first real job (babysitting), and her ups and downs with family
Rae Stoltenkamp
Alice is 12 and this summer she’s dating her friend Patrick. But this situation raises all sorts of complicated questions which she’s never had to consider before. To complicate matters Alice can’t ask her mother because she died when Alice was about 2 years old.

The most significant thing about this book for me was that I’m heading for 50 and am still asking the very same questions Alice is asking about relationships at 12. This makes me realise that at heart I’m still about 12 years old.

I felt
I love this book! Why? Because this book takes place in the summer, and a lot of fun things happen in the summer! For one, Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth get their first boyfriends, and with that experience comes learning all about boys! Their friendship grows with new experiences and the drama that comes with them. As Alice navigates her new relationship with Patrick, she learns some very important lessons about friendship and selfhood.

What I really enjoyed about this book is that we get to see
Jul 23, 2014 Elissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that started my Alice obsession when I was in the 5th grade, but even on a re-re-(re-re-re-re)read it still retains its goodness. The characters are more fleshed out here; they feel more solid than they did in the first Alice book, and kinks are worked out (Elizabeth Price, for instance, feels more like a real person and the continuity with her pierced/not-pierced ears is fixed from now on).

Book takes place: Summer of the first boyfriend, between elementary and middle school.
Iris Manning
Jul 07, 2015 Iris Manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Iris by: my bookshelf
I remember when I was eight or so, I was going through a bookshelf full of books I never read in my living room, and I found this book. I opened it to a random page, and I instantly fell in love with it. After reading it for a few moments, I restarted it and finished it that same day, as I did again today.

A very fast read if you're enjoying it, very relatable, and even more so now that I'm twelve. I love the ending, and I love her attitude about things, and the whole thing is just amazing. I als
I've been reading reviews of the Alice books for years, but this is the first one I've read. It's sort of a 'Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: First Boyfriend' story, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Girls will probably appreciate having their own worries validated by Alice's. However, this book is aimed at girls experiencing a fairly 'normal' adolescence. Girls who are having different experiences--i.e. girls who are not dating at age 12--may feel depressed by their lack and feel that ...more
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I picked this book for my 2009 banned or challenged books challenge. I noticed that the Alice series as a whole is frequently challenged. Since my library did not have the first in the series, I choose the second one. I was completely impressed with this book and intend to read the rest of the series. I wish I had known about these books in my preteen years. I though Alice was a wonderful character. While, the parts of the story were a bit outdated, I thought the dilemma’s faced were very real. ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Maura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, challenged
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It's the summer between 6th grade and 7th grade, and Alice and her friends are determined to have boyfriends when they start their first day of junior high. Alice has been dating Patrick, and she's nervous about kissing him. She loves hanging out and talking to him, but what if she messes everything up when he tries to kiss her?

A bit lighter than the other Alice books, this one still has some great moments. In particular, Alice's first perm, which had me howling. This book focused more on Alice'
Alice in Rapture, Sort Of is the second of the Alice books, and picks up just after the end of the first. It takes place in the summer between sixth and seventh grades, where Alice and her friends Pamela and Elizabeth have discovered that the most important thing a seventh-grade girl can have is a boyfriend. Luckily for Alice, she's already "going with" Patrick. She still struggles with everything that means, and even begins to wonder if it's something she even wants yet. Not as completely stron ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I finished another Alice book in the same 24 hours I finished the first one. This book picks up where the last one left off and focuses on Alice and her friendship with her neighbors and classmates who appeared in the first book: Elizabeth, who is religious and very innocent and Pamela, who is savvy and modern. The plot is about how the three girls spend the summer trying to find boyfriends before the school year begins. It was a good read and contains some stuff that was probably pretty ed ...more
We pick up Alice right where we left her, about to start summer before seventh grade. She and Patrick are still going out, and Pamela and Elizabeth are working on boyfriends too. Evidently you are nothing if you don't start junior high school with a boyfriend. Alice kind of likes things the way they used to be, though, and she wishes everything didn't have to change.

Once again I so enjoyed the way the author nails girls this age. Alice's mishaps are really funny (the country club dinner, the per
Oct 03, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I chose to read this because it's on the banned/challenged book list, I was expecting something far more scandalous. One of the reasons it's challenged is for sexual content. There is a lot of talk of kissing, in fact the whole book is pretty dedicated to discussing the summer of the first boyfriend or something. However, that's about as explicit as it gets. There is mention of bases in the sexual context, and not much more. Otherwise, it was just a slightly humorous coming of age story in ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definetly one of my favorite Alice book. I have always loved to see Alice and Patrick's relationship and how they get through the hardships together. The problems Alice deals with in this book being just twelve I deal with being older. From first dates to getting nervous about things you do in front of boys.

I admire how Naylor writes about writing about the hardships of firsts with a boyfriend and I believe this book in the series deals with the most. How Alice deals with all of this so realist
Read for banned/challenged/controversial lesson in children's lit class. Review: Interesting story about a part of a girl's coming of age stage, specifically the summer before junior high. A lot of physical action, but can be applicable to some 12-year old girls.

Parents may find some books in this series useful. Good for them to be aware of what's in them if their daughters choose to read them, though. They get more...young adult-y as Alice gets older...if you know what I mean.
Jan 27, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
something that i understand about this book is that is to complicated patrick the boyfriend then patrick the friend so she is trying to say that she understand her friend then the boyfriend like patrick is better then a friend. i feel like if this book is really intresting because it talk about how she was friend with patrick and they are know going out but she is trying to explean if she is ready for a boyfriend.
Spend a summer with Alice and her friends Elizabeth and Pamela as they navigate the world of preteen relationships. I didn't love this one nearly as much as The Agony of Alice, but Alice gets back to her old self by the end. Most of the book is young girl fluffy stuff like obsessing over what Patrick will think about everything she does. Well written, great characterization, good read for middle grade girls.
♡ Kristina
Banned Books 2011
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

Banned Books 2006
Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicit

Banned Books 2003
Reasons: sexual content, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2002
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2001
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Jul 24, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this when I first read this way back when I was younger than Alice's 12 years of age and I love it now. This is a fantastic book dealing with a lot of the inevitable changes that come with growing up, mainly the changing relationship between girls and boys. I love that Alice stays true to herself and realizes that she is not ready for a boyfriend. Too many kids are growing up way too fast and her example is greatly needed.
Edward Creter
Alice is back and her second (tho' technically fifth) tale delves into more controversy than you'd find in just any kids' book. Alice worries about the following: French kissing, growing breasts, finding the hottest bathing suit (since when does a 14-year-old claim to have nice legs?) and what would happen when invited to a country club for dinner. Bon appetite.
Apr 15, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-fiction, realism
I love how deftly Phyllis Reynolds Naylor handles this story. It's a book about a first boyfriend that probably wouldn't offend anyone's grandparents. All sweetness and light and lovely Alice. 12-year-old girls should be reading this instead of The Clique or Gossip Girl.
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