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Alice, I Think

(Alice MacLeod #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,841 ratings  ·  202 reviews

Life Goals List:

Decide on a unique and innovative career path.
Increase contact with people outside of immediate family.
Learn to drive a car.
Some sort of boy-girl interaction? (Possibly best left until after high school. Maybe best left until middle age.)
Publish paper comparing teenagers and chicken peer groups.
Read entire Lord of the Rings series.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, ya
3.5 stars

It's a lot like Georgia Nicholson books. Funny.
3.5 stars rounded up because it's a debut novel I know how good Susan Juby's writing is now

Alice is a character; funny, eccentric, socially introverted and a true 15 year old. Her parents are still hippies, her brother is the only one in the entire family who has it together, and she lives in the small town of Smithers, BC (but it's bigger than Houston, BC). After being pulled out of public school at a very young age when the kids at school couldn't understand why she dressed as a hobbit and bul
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fya
I found myself with mixed feeling about Alice upon the completion of her story. While I did find the book humorous, and even laugh-out-loud funny at times I felt unsatisfied at the end. I was waiting for the opinionated, outspoken Alice of her diary to push through to the real world and she never did. In addition I felt the happenings with Goose boy at the end where haphazard and not enjoyable leaving me with a sour feeling about the book. Basically I thought the book would pull itself together ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Alice, I Think is a quirky story about a quirky fifteen-year-old girl called Alice MacLeod, who records her day in her journal in her original style. It's hard to describe Alice and do her justice, but let me try. Starting school in grade 1 dressed as a hobbit pretty much formed her life: after being bullied and teased and then hit in the head with a rock, she's home schooled by her ex-hippie parents. She has a therapist, a government-sponsored one (this is no tale about a spoiled rich brat) who ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Admittedly at first, I thought I would enjoy reading the main character - Alice’s -rants and criticisms and list of "Life Goals". I thought she was eccentric, different. But I digress. She turned out to be this bizarre and antagonizing girl until the end of the story – wait, what story? Yes, I finally realized there is NO Story at all.

The premise about going to school in a Hobbit-like costume and being taunted by your new classmates was quite an opening. But that's just about it. I thought this
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
OK, first off, I have to say that I am abandoning this book. It is funny and off the wall, but for me, that doesn't last long enough to get me through the book. The voice of the MC is clear. She puts down just about everything; she is bizarre, just for the sake of being bizarre. But I need more than that. Normally, when I find that I am getting annoyed with a book that just doesn't seem to be going anywhere, I look ahead and see if I can find something that will hook me in again. But, by samplin ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
this book was just too weird. i understand that it was meant to be funny, but all the characters were totally crazy and exaggerated. the amount of dysfuntion in this girls family is almost unbelievable. i did find a few parts to be pretty funny, but i didn't see any point to this book. the main character completely frustrated me.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a reread and it's still great! After I finished it my dad picked it up and he thought it was hilarious. Now that's the sign of a good YA novel.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amazing. The funniest book I've read in a while.Susan Juby manages to keep character funny but still realistic and everything in the book is so relateble.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Coulden't finish it because it was so pathetic!!!!
Layla (Between the Lines)
This is a childhood favourite of mine so it gets 5 stars for nostalgia and 3 stars for still being somewhat influential on my life more than a decade later. Average that out, and you still get a weird, laugh-out-loud, 4-star contemporary that holds a special place in my heart.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't think I've rated a book one star at all this year. This was awful. Truly awful. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know how this train wreck ends. And it couldn't even a deliver a satisfying end!
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
The writing style for me, and the conversations and events of the book seemed superficial. Nothing really was simple, everything had to be over-dramatic.
Oct 18, 2013 added it
Shelves: abandoned
I don't abandon books very often, but I've read half of this and just have no desire to continue. I find Alice annoying and I really can't relate to her. As a kindergartner, Alice went to school dressed as a Hobbit and seemed to believe she really was a Hobbit. Not surprisingly, kids laughed at her. So her mom pulls her out of school and "homeschools" her (although there isn't much teaching going on...she's mostly left to her own devices.) Now she's about to go back to school...and not surprisin ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-interested
I wanted to like this. When I was 13 or so I did, and my mother did, but when I reread the series (or at least, the first three) in high school, I struggled to finish, constantly thinking 'there WAS a reason I read it in the first place' and struggling with my obsession with finishing books. They are a nice, easy read, for if you don't want to think too much, and Susan Juby seems like a nice woman- she lives/lived near where I grew up for a while. The problem is Alice. She is simply infuriating. ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is a joke. It was over-the-top ridiculous, poorly written, and with one of the most annoying narrators ever. I highly doubt that first graders, not including child prodigies (which Alice was definitely NOT), would be able to read The Hobbit.. at what? The age of six or seven?? What was even more ridiculous was the fact that (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So. Mindblowingly. Funny.

Maybe I just loved this book so much because, like Alice, I was a homeschooled kid who attended weird conventions with other homeschooled kids who all had bizarre obsessions, college vocabularies, and hippie anarchist parents. I can relate to the protag's sarcastic observations about her world and the people who populate it, and this book left me helpless with the giggles and reading aloud long passages of it to family and friends. It is so spot-on true, and so cynical,
Rachael Thiessen
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: english_9
Alice i think is about a girl named Alice who seems wierd at first exspecially since she herself thinks that she has probelms. She doesn't understand life it seems. Things that usually make a person sad or worried she seems to enjoy. For example when her parents argue it doesn't upset her. Also her role model is a her cousin who is adicted to drugs and thats just the start of her cousins problems. Alice, I Think has some funny parts in it but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. I also d ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
This is a very funny book. Alice has been traumatized by her hippie/homeschooled upbringing, but remains objective and believes the future may be better. She has a younger brother who is smart and normal and fits in, but she is ever the outsider as she negotiates all the obstacles every adolescent faces while growing up. Her comments on life and culture are hilarious and not restricted to others. Alice has a checklist of "life goals" that she works at and sees her visits to her counselor as a wa ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Is it sad or scary that I related to Alice so well? There were so many instances where I thought "oh my god, I would probably have done the same thing" or "that's me to a tee". Well, I'll say this. Alice has way more guts than I do!! Or maybe she was just clueless. I certainly wouldn't have worn those clothes or had the nerve to go to my first day of school covered in poorly applied makeup!! I felt for Alice but at the same time I cheered her on. Not all of us were meant to be social butterflies ...more
Sunny Smith
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to read this book because I loved the sound of the synopsis. This was going to be good! But after the first few chapters I was so irritated that it was hard to go on. I felt like the author was just showcasing how clever she could be, with too much emphasis on being witty, and not enough on actually crafting a good story. I didn't really end up caring about Alice in the end, one way or the other.
Stella Chen
Feb 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-school
Somone this week reminded of this book when she picked this book for her grade 9 English assignment. This brings back bad memories because I also read this for the grade 9 assignment. Blah!

The plot was boring and essentially had no plot. It described the life of Alice and how she did this and went there and met who and blah blah blah. I had a hard time coming up with anything to write about for my English report.

Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious. When I read it I became one of those people who bursts into fits of laughter in an otherwise silent crowd.

Alice's diary is more captivating than Adrian Mole's or Bridget Jones's. She quickly became my favourite self-involved outcast in literature, and Susan Juby my favourite local writer.

This is a series adored by teens and adults alike.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I'm not quite sure why I picked this book up. I saw it in the front of the library and only once I got home did I realize it was a young adult book. I decided to go ahead and read it anyways.

It was alright, but nothing amazing. It seemed pretty straight forward and I thought the ending was awful. It just sort of...ended. Kind of weird.
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book, is just simply amazing. I really enjoyed reading it because the author has a way to make someone, who is the complete opposite of this girl, feel just like her. She really has a way of letting someone know that no matter how weird their parents are, there is sone who has funnier, weirder parents. I laughed a lot at this book, I certainky recommend it.
Dec 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance. This was another one I tried listening to on my earphones while driving. I never found the plot of the story. She kept giving off-the-wall, over-exaggerated descriptions, and none of it was believable at all. I only made it through 20 pages, so if anyone makes it farther and likes it, let me know and I'll try again.
Jena Thorp
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this novel is a decent choice for young adults. It takes the reader into the life of Alice Macleod who is struggling to define who she is. I personally had a hard time connecting with the characters and found it anti-climatic and dull. I was hopeful based on previous reviews but I just was not able to really enjoy it.
Mar 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book was not worth my time; reading it was a terrible experience. It's a diary of this home-schooled girl who is friends with a lot of strange people and is in love with someone she calls "Gooseboy."
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was ok
A Confederacy of Dunces for the YA set. A homeschooled teenager writes about trying to integrate into society. Fortunately for the reader, she is as self-absorbed, selfish and out-of-touch with reality as could be hoped. Very amusing.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hipsters :D
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(from her website)

I was raised in Smithers, BC, Canada and lived there until I moved to Toronto at age 20. I had a brief and unsuccessful career as a fashion design student and, after I worked at a series of low paying jobs, such as server, record store employee, etc., I began a degree in English Literature at University of Toronto, which I finished at the University of British Columbia. After gra

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“Maybe careers aren’t something you can really plan for. They just sort of happen, like brown eyes or flat feet. I took one of those career aptitude tests last year, and it showed that I should be a flight attendant or a seamstress. Not a fashion designer or anything, mind you, but a sweatshop worker. Apparently stewardesses and sweatshop workers and I enjoy a lot of the same interests and activities.” 7 likes
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