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Now I'll Tell You Everything

(Alice #25)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Alice McKinley is going to college! And everything, from her room to her classes to her friends, is about to change. Stoically, nervously, Alice puts her best foot forward…and steps into the rest of her life.

Just how crazy will her college life get? Will Alice’s dream of becoming a psychologist come true? Are she and her BFFs destined to remain BFFs? And with so many miles
Hardcover, 517 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 2013)
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The Library Lady
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Phyllis Naylor shouldn't have written this book.

I know she wanted to finish the series and give Alice's legion of fans a look into the rest of Alice's life. But in doing so she has written a book that is not a believable full account of a life, but rather something that reads as if a fan had written it--and a young fan at that.

Alice's voice has rung clearly through all the Alice books. They went at a leisurely pace, often covering no more than a few months or at most a year in Alice's life.

Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
PROLOGUE: This is going to be a long, emotional review. I will not just be reviewing this book, but also reflecting back on the whole series now that it is finally over. And what an ending it was. Some may be daunted or annoyed by the length. I thought about keeping it short, but quickly realized I wouldn't be able to write a "normal" review. All I ask is for you to remember that this ending is an emotional moment for a longtime Alice fan, and I cannot write a review of the 25th (28th if you ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm going to admit that I was a teensy bit wary about this final book. The work in the latest books deteriorated a little bit, as it felt like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor grew less and less in touch with the young people of today. I can tell you all about the distinctive moments in the first Alice books, like Denise Whitlock's bullying, the pencil test, the gum in Pamela's hair, Alice's fake wedding in high school and Pamela's fake pregnancy, and it all felt so real to me when I was younger and ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I grew up with The Agony of Alice and the other early Alice books (I still remember how thrilled I was the day I found Alice in Rapture, Sort Of at Target right when it was released). Then, after the first handful of books, I started becoming more and more disenchanted with Alice. It became a boring, repetitive series.

But reading this book was like taking a punch to the gut - it was unexpected, and kind of painful. And for me, this was a good thing. It reminded me of all the things that I loved
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic, arc
Fair warning upfront: if you aren't already an Alice McKinley fan, this book won't appeal at all. It's a straightforward chronology of what happens to Alice and her friends after high school up until age sixty. Long-time Alice fans will probably know why Naylor chose this age as her cutoff. Always Alice suffers from trying to cover such a wide swath of time - no matter how you slice it, trying to capture this much time in 544 pages is incredibly difficult. I thought Naylor would have done better ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
All right. If you were an active fan of this series all along—like, keeping up with the author's website and writing in your suggestions for the series—you may have been less surprised by the last book than I was (maybe). But I was really disappointed by the way this series ended. (Don't worry; no spoilers except the general outline of the book.)

Each of the twenty-seven previous books, including prequels, covered a space of four months. First semester of the school year, second semester, summer.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
{Some spoilers!!!!}
Oh Lordy Lordy Lordy. Where to start? The outdated wording? Lackluster characters? Gah what a shame! I've been reading Alice books since I was 12. I loved Alice's tenacity, goofiness, constant slip of the tongue, and curiosity. Her friends were cool too: Pamela was so DRAMA and Elizabeth was so goody, goody but tried hard not to judge her friends, was always a soft hearted good friend. Most important they were their own people. Completely different from Alice. What happened?
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Before I embark on this admittedly negative review I have to mention that this series really meant a lot to me while I was growing up. I really appreciate the author's commitment to her fans and its evident that this book was written with the now mostly adult readers in mind. That being said, I was dubious of this book when I heard a few years ago that it would take Alice from 18-60 in one book and I think I was correct to have been suspicious. I was really rooting for the final book to be ...more
I am super duper emotional about this series being over right now. One day in middle school I went to the public library and borrowed The Agony of Alice. Since then this series has not only been a part of my childhood but a constant in my life. So I will admit that when I was about to start reading this book, I teared up.

Now I'll Tell You Everything, was not a perfect ending to this series. Yet it succeeded my expectations. I was not a huge fan of the last few recent Alice books, especially
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I was really conflicted about this book- on the one hand, there are some things Phyllis Naylor did beautifully. The last few scenes in particular were very sweet and nostalgia-inducing. On the whole, though, I was kind of disappointed- the 3 stars are really more of a 2.5. As the synopsis indicates, this book really does tell you everything you wanted to know about Alice McKinley, from age 18 all the way to 60. As a result, the story feels incredibly rushed at times- the novel covers Alice's ...more
Stephi Cham
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I NEVER thought I'd cry over a series ending, but I should've known it would be this one! Oh, Alice - the girl I felt I grew up with, sharing all her happy, heartbreaking, ordinary, and embarrassing experiences, laughing with her, crying with her, cringing with her at all these things that felt like everything and really were not. The girl I felt was simultaneously my best friend and myself! I still remember sitting in my room crying for 15 minutes about Mrs. Plotkin so, so many books ago, and ...more
Gabrielle S
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ala, arcs
Really this book is 2. 5 stars and the .5 is for nostalgic fondness. This book does not lie it does follow Alice from 18-60. Yes I guess that those of us who have "known" Alice for years did want to know how she ended up and with whom. Perhaps though we didn't need quite this much detail. Frankly a lot of the book was just dull. I mean I thought "who cares?" several times.

There are also a thousand little nitpicks I have because I am very familiar with the area that she is writing about. Which
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, teen
Having always loved Alice as a kid, I was so excited to read how her life turned out. Parts of her story were a little long and a little eye roll inducing, but it was sweet overall. The ending especially was perfect how everything came full circle and it made me nostalgic for the girl I was when I first read Alice. However, I did find myself frequently thinking that Naylor seemed a bit out of touch with aspects of Alice's life (particularly the college years), but when the included endnote by ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook, 5-stars, arc, 2013
I'm biased. I don't necessarily think that Now I'll Tell You Everything, the final book in the Alice McKinley series, was a five star book. But I've grown up with Alice, and even though this last book was by no means a strong entry to the series (or even all that surprising, to be honest), it was still a fantastic sendoff. And I will buy the book when it is actually released, because I can't have an incomplete collection! ;)

A little more on my thoughts: (view spoiler)
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Full Review On
This last book in the Alice series I would have to say is the best by far! There were some things that just caught you off guard and made you feel pure happiness, excitement, sadness, loss, love, and joy. Alice had gone through so many different aspects of her life, and it really shows at the end of this book with the reveal of the time capsule.

Overall I think that this book and series altogether represents a girl who has lived a life
Emily Dean
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The book itself isn't up to the standards we were all used to in the era of Alice Alone, but is far, far better than the previous 4 or 5 books. As almost everyone else has said, she fast-forwarded way too fast once Alice graduated from college, and I was so sad about the deaths of certain characters, but the ending was impeccable. I cried through the last chapter and the afterward because I'm so sad that this series is over. It was time for Alice to go, but I grew up with these characters and ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

Well, my wallet is happy I have reached the end of the Alice journey, but I am not. I have to say, Alice is one of the reasons I no longer start reading series, because they can drag your money for 28 books, as this series did. But unlike all the supernatural and sci-fi books out there now only existing for the next plot twist, Alice was a rare bird indeed. Alice is the Lizzie McGuire of the YA fiction world: a girl you want to keep rooting for and following, even though she is
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last book in the Alice series (I need to go read a few previous ones), was bittersweet. I had questions of course, did Alice marry, and if so who did she choose? How did her life turn out?

We get answers, even if we thought her life would be different, this is a very long detailed final book, not the best written, but a nice ending to an 18 year (for me) series, I discovered Alice in 1999 and happily read the few Id missed, then kept up until 7 books ago, and am tracking down the missing
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
loved this for sentimental reasons
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I've been reading the Alice books since I was twelve, and I can't believe PRN stuck to it and wrote twenty-eight books about Alice and her friends. NOW I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING/ALWAYS ALICE is the final book in the series and covers Alice's life from her first year of college through her sixtieth birthday. All of the previous books covered about four months of Alice's life, so this was a huge break from form. But it might not have been the best narrative decision.

From the get go,
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction, 2013
i started reading this series in elementary school and grew up with alice. i would obsessively check the "new YA" section at my local library for the latest installment, and once amazon started announcing pub dates ahead of time, i marked them on my calendar. all this to say, it's weird that this is the last book and i feel bizarrely emotional about it. a 28 volume series (25 + 3 prequels), most of which i've read more than once, takes up quite a chunk of literary real estate in a 30 year old ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading about Alice when I too was in middle school. The embarrassing stories and promises of her friends and of course, of Patrick, helped me through a lot of awkward times as well. When I discovered there had been written a last Alice book in my local library, I was ecstatic.

The book was good and bad in my opinion. Of course I wanted to know how her life turns out and who she experiences the end of it with. But I also felt like several events were cut way too short. For example, in
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2013-read
I was wholly satisfied with my reading experience. I have some minor complaints, but they are mostly structural and really don’t involve the content. (With the exception of Pamela’s storyline. She’s my favorite character of the series, and I thought this book was lacking in Pamela presence and what little we did get of her didn’t always gel with my mental image of her, specifically the last information we get about her.) Other structural problems I took issue with involved the lack of Lester ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than I enjoyed any of the other recent Alice books (and when I say recent, I'm probably reaching back at least a decade or so). I started the series not long after it debuted, when I was in fifth or sixth grade and about the age of Alice McKinley. Since then, Alice has only aged about 12 years, whereas I've aged.... well, let's not do that math.

This finale to the series takes Alice from the start of college to age 60. This gives Naylor a whole new set of problems to
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-school
I couldn't not read the final Alice book. I loved Alice as soon as I found The Agony of Alice on a shelf in our tiny library in my grade school and as each new book was published I anxiously got my hands on it and generally plowed through it in one sitting. After high school, I lost touch a bit with Alice, but was thrilled to discover that she was still having adventures even after I graduated college, grad school and moved on into my "adult" life. This book does exactly what it's meant to ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The last few Alice books have been meh, and I've read them only because I've read every Alice book (and loved them for years). I didn't feel much different about this one, which covers Alice's life from the beginning of college until she turns 60 (and that's the reason it's more than 500 pages long). Things turn out pretty much the way one expects them to turn out; Naylor says she wrote this when she still had six or seven Alice books to go, and tossed it into a vault. She obviously threw in ...more
Barb Dean
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
NOW I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING has all the qualities that drew me to the original title many years ago. The same humour and worldly wisdom that Naylor provided in other titles find their way into this title. Read this to find out how Alice manages after reaching university. Does she marry her long time friend and romance Patrick? What career path does she choose? This book contains some of the best safe sex guidelines I've ever encountered - all delivered in a respectful and realistic framework. ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fic
I'll say this for PRN: anyone who writes about teenagers for over 20 years has my heart. Anyone who can write about feelings and exactly put their finger on why something hurts so much and feels a certain way has my heart. Sure, it's long and rushed. It's a lot of time she wants to cover. But it's Naylor's love letter to the fans and for that, I can't fault her. I wept in all the right places and appreciated the philosophical look at life after college. It made me think a little! Also: (view ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I suppose there is something to be said for the complicated feat of writing a 40-year-span of someone's life that is all set c. 2010. (!) But really those ambivalent props are all I can give this unnecessary epilogue to the Alice series. Maybe a few moments were touching, solely because of the 24-volume character backstory and not due to any actual poignancy within these pages. The narrative was rushed and utterly devoid of the personality and charm of the early Alice books.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you seen my shelves, you already know that I love the Alice series. I just enjoy Naylor's characters and how amazing she writes about the mundane things to admire. I was a big fan of how she ended the book (kind of reminding my of The Outsiders) but unique in its way. And PATRICK!!! This guy, seriously made my heart ache (in a good way, of course!).
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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

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