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Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
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Aug 13, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: diaries, non-fiction

Before there was "Just say no," there was "Go Ask Alice." In my day, "Go Ask Alice" was an anti-drug propaganda film based on the anonymously-written diary of a drug addict named "Alice." Almost everyone I knew, it seemed, saw this movie and read this book. I read it and felt then, as I'm sure I would now, that the tale of descent into addiction was a sharp and rapid one -- first one has a beer, then one shares a joint with others, then one is suddenly strung out cocaine, etc., all in ONE evening! I know teenagers are vulnerable to the need for acceptance and the desire to fit in, but this book suggests an abnormally pliable mind. This girl probably did need to have someone tell her that she shouldn't jump off a building because her friend jumped off a building. If you know a teenager who is that weak-minded, then he/she should probably read "Go Ask Alice."
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