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Incredibly Alice (Alice #23)

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Get ready to start your own incredible, amazing life…right?

Alice McKinley is standing on the edge of something new—and half afraid she might fall off. Graduation is a big deal—that gauntlet of growing up that requires everyone she’s known since forever to make huge decisions that will fling them here and there and far from home. But what if Alice wants to be that little d
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Mackey
May 26, 2011 Sarah Mackey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
At this point, the Alice books are a little predictable. But I've been reading them for more than 20 years, so what do I care if they're predictable? I just love that I've been reading a series for that long and new books are still coming out.

The end is in sight, though!

Oh my lord, I just went and checked to see when the last two books are scheduled to come out, and I found this note from the author:

I wrote the last book several years ago, to make sure that if anything happened to me, readers w
May 04, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
2.5 stars (somewhere between "It was okay" and "I liked it")

I got this book at the library on a whim. I had enjoyed this series in middle school and was like "What the heck. I might as well finish it." It is about Alice's senior year of high school, something I suppose I can relate to as a senior myself. I understood her mixed feelings about graduating; the excitement of starting the next phase in your life conflicts with the knowledge that you're basically leaving everything you know and those
Aug 04, 2011 kylajaclyn rated it really liked it
I have been with Alice so long that it is very hard to believe that here is yet another good thing that will come to an end in two more books. I expect great things from the next one, Alice on Board, since Alice is now a. 18 and b. working on a cruise ship for the summer! Her summer books are always the best.

Though it could be argued that the title of this one, as opposed to the others, is a bit misleading, you realize after reading it that everything Alice does in this one (trying out for the
Aug 17, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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Alex Templeton
Jun 22, 2011 Alex Templeton rated it liked it
The latest in my favorite YA series EVER. Over the years, I’ve gone from feeling like Alice’s friend to her big sister to sometimes, her mom. In this book, she deals with life as she graduates from high school. I don’t think that these books are quite as good as the earlier ones that Naylor published, due to the fact that the earlier books all took on some kind of theme in Alice’s emotional life (appearance, being a ‘goody-two-shoes’, being Woman of the House) while narrating a few months in her ...more
Laura Hughes
Sep 09, 2014 Laura Hughes rated it it was ok
Shelves: girly-ya, alice
The much anticipated story of Alice's final semester of senior year of high school, and all that entails (prom, graduation, college decision, etc.) makes up one of the longer, and surprisingly most boring, Alice books. It has a lot of parts, but it doesn't really add up to anything. There's no overarching message or lesson. There are vague themes of nostalgia and anticipation, but that's unavoidable in a book about the end of high school. The book, and Alice herself, are going through the motion ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is so cute. I can just imagine this little granny writing away on her Alice books and giggling, "I know what I'll do to shock them this time! Genital cosmetic surgery! Hee-hee!" But all her scandalous material is filtered through a neon 80's filter and kids of today must just be rolling their eyes and saying, "Whatevs". But I did like this one a little more than some of the previous ones. It's a little more light handed on the Important Issues motif she likes so much. The ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I've been reading the Alice books since I was in 5th grade and I never miss a new one! This one was only alright for me. I did appreciate that it was less "after-school special/7th Heaven episode" than the last few have been. No special ed students get molested by teachers, no neo-Nazis, no abusive boyfriends...unfortunately, not much else does happen! Alice is nearing the end of her senior year. She's in the school play and goes to school and misses Patrick and decides where to go to college. Y ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Rachael rated it did not like it
Shelves: slj
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Jun 03, 2011 Kirsten rated it did not like it
I have really enjoyed the Alice series, but at this point, it has seriously jumped the shark. There is not a single believable or realistic word in this book. Alice ricochets from one Major Life Lesson to the next, and it's all just so painfully earnest. I am only reading for plot at this point, and it's a good thing that the series is coming to an end.
May 17, 2011 Katyh rated it liked it
This was a lot better than most of the recent Alice books, mostly because it doesn't read like a Very Special Episode. There is still no reason to pick up these later books unless you, like me, have been reading this series for over 20 years and can't stop now that the finish line is so close in sight.
Apr 14, 2011 GraceAnne rated it liked it
I love these books. They are wonderful stories, and they teach so much in unobtrusive ways. It is lovely to have watched Alice grow up, as we have.
Mar 03, 2015 Christiana rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fic
I appreciate the whole "if I don't go far away to college, does that mean I'm not an adult?" storyline (and I appreciate Patrick giving Alice a different perspective on how she is special, even if she's not special in the ways her friends are.

I think the old fashionedness of Alice has been there for a lot of these as I revisit and read them now. I don't know though: for a particular reader, I think they might find comfort in this set up. Even when there are big events and mature themes, you can
Aug 19, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: aisg-book-club
This book truly describes the feelings and experiences of a senior girl. Alice is a ordinary students in a public high school. While her friends make outstanding achievements in their last years of high school, Alice realizes that she was not doing anything remarkable. Therefore, in this book she tries something new in her senior year - participating in a play. The book contains many beautiful sentences that reflects the emotions of Alice, who is experiencing through a turning point where she wi ...more
Liz Mogford
May 20, 2016 Liz Mogford rated it liked it
This book was surprisingly very good and I found myself relating to her the entire time. I am a senior in High school in Mrs. Allens class and i find it very ironic to have chosen this book for my book project. The main character in the book reminds me of myself very much. She is deciding what she wants to do next year, she is close to her dad, she is anxious to graduate however she is stressed out because she has a lot on her plate. Her alacrity and acumen is what keeps her fun and out of troub ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Andréa rated it liked it
This is the 23rd in a series of 25 books that I started reading as a middle schooler and read through high school as they were published. The final three books were written after I graduated from high school so I never got around to read them ... Until now :) For my YA Lit course one of my assignments is to choose a YA author and read three of their books-- perfect! So I am finally getting to finish the Alice series, who helped me be a teenage girl. I only gave this one three starts, but the ser ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Elissa rated it really liked it
It's the last semester of senior year and Alice is worried about not having tried enough before college. She auditions for a part in the school play, applies for a summer job on a cruise ship, and goes to prom.

Book takes place: Spring semester of senior year.
Alice's life lessons: You don't move ON from things, you move THROUGH them.
Best Alice moment(s): Alice's audition, all the play shenanigans, Jill and Justin, Alice's talk with Penny, Alice's prom, almost getting arrested on the bridge.
Feb 10, 2016 Olivia added it
Reading the latest Alice book is similar to how I imagine coming home after a semester of college will be like. I began her story when I was in 5th grade, and six years later, I'm still here.
Alice is perhaps not the most original of characters, but that's the point--she's supposed to be very average to make her more relatable (and she knows it, and it bothers her, which makes her more real).

Not a New Experience comes my way without me relating it back to one of hers. Love this series.
Mar 22, 2015 Danielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book covers the last half of Alice's senior year, but hardly refers to the plethora of issues that she faced in the first half (although the book picks up the same day Alice in Charge leaves off).

Just because Curtis Butler has left the school, the conversations about racism shouldn't disappear. And what of Daniel Du Bau? He plays his drum at the sock hop, but we don't see his reactions to or participation in spring break, the prom, senior prank and skip day, the assassin game (he'd definite
Jan 19, 2012 Ernica added it
Sad now. I've been following Alice for four years now and it's all over. I feel like a parent with a child leaving the nest. I guess the serious isn't over yet but the next book won't be out until later 2012 and the last book won't be out until 2013!! I guess now would be a good time to start reading from the beginning of the series since I'd started at Alice Alone. A lot has happened and I've watched Alice grow up starting from her freshman year and she's all grown now driving and ready for col ...more
Allison Bailey
May 21, 2011 Allison Bailey rated it really liked it
I was SO PSYCHED to finally get my hands on this book- I have been an Alice fan since elementary school... I think this is book #26 or something in the series, which chronicles Alice's journey through puberty and now preparing for college.

The Alice Series is one of the most banned series of all time (check out the ALA website for more info on banned books). It is number 2 on the 2000-2009 list (after Harry Potter) and number 14 on the 1990-1999 list for being sexually explicit and unsuited to ag
Suzy Partlow
Nov 12, 2013 Suzy Partlow rated it liked it
I actually liked this book more than I expected. It makes me super curious about Alice's future! The relationship with Patrick hits home with me because I met my husband when I was very young and we carried our relationship all along the way. I know this seems so unrealistic to some, but it really does happen once in awhile. It doesn't mean everything is rosey all the time, it just means that some things are truly meant to be. Besides Partick & Alice's relationship, I do feel like Alice's ch ...more
May 31, 2011 Talia rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Alice is a short few months from graduating, but as she stands on the cusp of the next part of her life, she wonders, is she making her high school experience all it can be?

Meh. These books are getting kinda dull, yet I can’t stop reading them. In this book, Alice joins the school play and has a mini-romance with a guy other than Patrick (oooo!). Maybe it’s because these books have been going on for so long, but I feel like the dialogue and situations in these books don’t really ring true with t
Feb 02, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
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May 09, 2011 Asriani rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Alice books. I have read many of them. From The Agony of Alice until Including Alice. Thanks to Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the local publisher, who has published and translated the series. However they did not publish all books and skip some number but I still could keep the track. There was nothing missing. But when they finally decided to stop publish the next book, I was so sad. I still want to read all about her. So that was why I was so thrilled when I saw Incredibly Alice wa ...more
Chelsea Denisse
May 28, 2012 Chelsea Denisse rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
A solid 2.5 Stars.

Characters: The characters I honestly didnt like much because thy werent believable to me. They always got everything they wished for and that doesnt happen in life a lot. They also didnt have to deal with any drama like bullies maybe they had to deal with one or two but it just seemed to me that there life was just too perfect.

Plot: The plot was about nothing at all to me. It was just random rambling about their senior year. I would have liked the story better I think if it ha
Kaitlyn Bates
Jun 14, 2012 Kaitlyn Bates rated it it was ok
I got this from the library, knowing full well that I haven't gotten the chance to read the 5 books before it. I started reading this series when I was in Junior High school and continued it whenever I saw the newest book at the library. I have to say that as much as I love reading about Alice, the book was kind of stilted. And I agree with many others when I say that it's probably because of Naylor's age. She's clearly writing from another era, and while she was able to get away with it in for ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I've been reading the Alice books ever since The Agony of Alice came out 20+ years ago. I feel as though I've invested in this series, and that I may as well keep plugging through it, despite my inevitable disappointment. Though Incredibly Alice wasn't nearly as insipid as some of the other recent Alice books, I finally have determined what my biggest issue is with the Alice series. Essentially, in the early Alice books, Alice was repeatedly embarrassing herself (the moo shu scene from TAOA come ...more
Emily Petit
Jun 12, 2011 Emily Petit rated it really liked it
I like who Alice is becoming; she's regained the unique voice I felt the last couple of books lacked. Unfortunately, I still get that feeling that Naylor is pushing idea after idea about what teens do in the modern world through the pages - they peruse Facebook; they go crazy with friends; they do stuff in the high school that most high schools, in real life, wouldn't really undertake or allow - as though she has a sort of checklist. This makes me uncomfortable, because, as a young woman of eigh ...more
Martha Schwalbe
Sep 30, 2012 Martha Schwalbe rated it liked it
I wish I had some senior girls to recommend this book to simply for the "go for it" message. I wish someone had recommended a book like this to me when I was a senior because I got so nervous about the future that I forgot to have fun.
Alice has her fun in very conservative, high school ways which includes that school play, the newspaper, the senior prank, and a senior game.
This was a quick read, I read it in an evening so I think I could recommend to a reluctant reader too. I have some girls wh
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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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