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Finding Alice

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,706 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Sliding into the Rabbit Hole… Would She Ever Return?

On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” But
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by WaterBrook (first published 2003)
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Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
What an eye opener on the pain of schizophrenia. I had no idea of the turmoil that goes on in one's mind. The author takes us on a journey with Alice who suffers with this condition and then discovers that there is mental healing. A very powerful book.
Chelsea V
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who can handle it
Alice has a friend no one can see or hear. It's all in her mind..
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the story of a college student with schizophrenia. The author did an amazing job of presenting the way a person with this disorder thinks, acts, and looks at the world. Amazingly, this was not a depressing book. Excellent! A+. 01/09/09
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Just a bit goofy, but not so much that I didn't finish it. It was a little too wrapped up in the end. I guess coming from a crazy person with a lot of crazies in the family, this didn't strike me as a realistic portrayal of mental illness.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
The first time I read this book, I thought it was fantastic. The second time it was just good. And now I look back at this book with something reminiscent of mild disgust.

While Carlson appears to have done her research and done it well, I'm quite on the fence about her portrayal of psychiatric institutions. On one hand, yes, there are shitty places abound in the world. On the seems really inaccurate.

And I speak from personal experience.

Carlson has taken the hallmarks and stereotypes o
Mary Jo
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Teen lit which I would recommend to teen as well as adult readers. This book has an Alice in wonderland quality to it, the main characters name is Alice who coincidentally has a cat named Cheshire. The book is about a young woman's struggle with schizophrenia, it seems very realistic for a fictional account of someone with this disorder and has both a sad and at the same time uplifting ending.
Kenzie Brown
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my all time favorites. Carlson depicts schizophrenia in a first person perspective that I have never seen before. In this light, it is powerfully written and I was engulfed in the story throughout the entire novel. Alice's paranoia was described in such a way that I had to put the book down for two weeks before continuing because I was starting to feel paranoid myself. Carlson describes the Oregon mental health system beautifully, and unfortunately. As a mental health provide ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this after a friend recommended it (along with a scene description where a church tries to exorcise a schizophrenic). I'm so tired of reading stories with thinly developed stereotyped Christians. This is a refreshingly different approach. While it shows the controlling nature of the church it also wanders to places of genuine faith, spaces where actions and connections speak louder than petty judgments and narrow rules. This was a really powerful narration from the perspecti ...more
Lauren Canaday
This book was perfect for a church-raised teenager me-- to be exposed to mental illness so eloquently and to feel her feelings so intimately. But upon re-reading it as an adult, I see its errors and especially in the ending, I see where it could have been more accurate. Schizophrenia requires medication a large majority of the time and does not simply go away when you receive support. It was such a happy ending, but not necessarily an accurate one. Still, I found this book to be so pivotal to my ...more
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I almost gave this 3 stars because it took me halfway through the book before I started to like it. The first half was very difficult and not enjoyable for me to read as Alice falls deeper and deeper into her schizophrenia. The book then is an indictment of not only those who raise their children in very strict, fundamentalist religions, but also of past methods of treating schizophrenia. I was glad those who were finally able to help Alice were in fact very religious people, but not the in-your ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'd never even heard of the book, but my friend Kiersten gave a 'book talk' of this book and class and I guess I got interested in it. When I started to read it, I really couldn't put it down. Very descriptive, the book seems to allow you to have an image of it in your own mind. Going through the struggles and problems with a girl diagnosed with schizophrenia, I think the book pretty much accurately captured what it must feel like. Also, there are many twists and turns that kept my attenti ...more
Pamela Gottlieb
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is not to be missed! It is about a girl with schizophrenia, a disease that I am very familiar with as close family members have had their lives ruined by it. I found the book fascinating as it brings you directly into the mind of the main character which helped me understand my family members life experiences better. I wish my family members who are both gone could have had the same treatment and outcome as the main character.
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kasey
Great, unique read! Thanks for the recommendation, Julie! This book opened my eyes and gave me a new perspective on homelessness and schizophrenia. Very interesting book - a page turner that I couldn't put down. Not that it was "on the edge of your seat" exciting, but I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen to this girl.
Nicole France
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A brilliant personal story of the struggle between reality and fantasy. Loved Carlson's portrayal of the struggle with schizophrenia.
Megan Emily
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5ish. Pretty good, an eye opener
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was one of the best I have read in a long time, one of those rare books you hold on to for a long time in the back of your mind.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I see myself as her most days
Heather Larocchia
Finding Alice was a bit slow for me, but not boring. While the depiction of mental illness seems mostly accurate in the way the symptoms are described (which is why this book gets two stars instead of one), some details struck me as unrealistic, and at times, inappropriate. There was also a lot of discussion about God and religion, but nothing that I really bought into. It was as though I was constantly being reminded that "God" was meant to be part of the story - when something positive happene ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Jan 9, 2019 So I have finished this book. The author says that one of her goals is to make people think. Well there are many, many thought swirling in my head most of which I will not end up recording here. Much of the swirl is more question than straightforward thought. It was quite an experience to live for a while inside the head of someone suffering from schizophrenia. So one of my thoughts/questions is "How does someone that ill recover so quickly?" And "How much of Alice's recovery is due ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finding Alice tells the story of a young woman who, while attending college, begins to experience psychotic episodes, and is sent to a psychiatric hospital by her mother. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Alice is subjected to horrific treatment and did not receive any help on how to deal with her illness. She ended up running away from the hospital and spent some time living on the streets. Fortunately, she befriended a woman named Faye who took her in, fed and clothed her, and introduced her to he ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm extremely disappointed with this book. I had to skim read the last few pages and proceeded to throw it across the room. This novel did not do a good job of depicting auditory and visual hallucinations. (Trust me I've experienced them). But it did do an almost good job of what being suicidal is like. The author made it seem as though all mental institutions were evil and that the main thing you need to get better is God, therapy and some meds. I don't mind that this novel is Christian-lit but ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, schizo
This was kind of dopey and there was too much god/religion talk for my taste, but I have to give this book credit for giving a character with schizophrenia a happy ending. This was actually pretty sweet, and it's a refreshing change of pace to have a likeable main character with schizophrenia, not just some supporting character thrown in there for the drama or shock value.
Ally Schaan
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Although this book is FICTIONAL i believe the author studied schizophrenia extensively and it really gives the reader an idea of what the thought process of someone diagnosed with schizophrenia may think, especially in regards to delusions and paranoia.
Some parts of the book were too overdramatic, dark and sad whereas others were almost too positive and cheery to really digest but all and all its a book worth reading!
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Gave 3 stars- only because I finished- Disliked it more than I liked it. Tried too hard to tie in the Alice in Wonderland theme. Simplified the rapid cure of the mental illness- and a bit too many religious references for me.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn’t continue read this book but I am so glad I did! Such a beautifully written story.
Carly Brown
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book. Faith-based. Follows a young woman who learns she is schizophrenic and fights everyday.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! As always Melody Carlson wrote another great book. This one is probably my favorite book she wrote yet.
Mels Ht
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve decided to review this book twice: while I’m reading it and after I’ve read it. I am currently still reading it and therefore I feel as if all of the emotions that come along with this story are fresh.

First of all, this book is simple, well-written and to the point. At first, it might not make any sense to you but that’s just it isn’t it? There is no rationality in the mind of a schizophrenic. Melody Carlson takes you on the wild ride that is Alice’s mind, perspective, feelings and experie
Tonstant Weader
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Finding Alice is an acceptable book. Nothing terrible will happen if you read it, but there is an opportunity cost because the odds are that if you do not read Finding Alice, you will read a better book.

Alice is the narrator of our book, a book written in the first person present tense. The author, Melody Carlson, is a competent writer, competent enough that writing in the first person present won’t make you throw the book across the room. It’s possible that makes the book go faster and that’s a
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi
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