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Almost Alice (Alice #20)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,208 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Is it possible to be too good a friend—too understanding, too always there, too much, well, like a doormat? Alice has always been a perfect friend to Pamela and Elizabeth, but now she’s wondering where that leaves her—is she just a mother hen, an ear for listening, an arm around the shoulder? The truth is, Alice is getting a little envious of all the attention her friends ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published June 18th 2008)
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Helen
Aug 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kunhua Li
It is a book talking about the high school experience. Prom is one of the great experience in High school. Therefore I curious what would the prom look like. It also talks about the relationship of Alice and her friends.

At the beginning of the book Alice a boy who named Patrick to go to a dance party and happy to share all her friends this news. later, Patrick told her to not wait for him then she tries to ask another guy for the party.Will she sucessful for asking for or will Patrick Change his
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Samantha Spilotro
"Almost Alice" was an okay book in my opinion. At first it was a little hard to get into this book, but after reading a couple chapters the book got more interesting. "Almost Alice" is about a teenager named Alice who struggles with helping her friend go through a teen pregnancy, while Alice is trying to figure out who she really is. I would recommend this book to any teenage girl that is over the age of 15 because it talks about things that young girls should not be learning until they get olde ...more
Hannah
Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop reading the Alice books no matter what I do. This was one of the better ones. Chemistry between the characters was much improved, as was the dialogue.
Joyce
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy that Alice and Patrick seem to be getting back together! Wow Pamela had a real scare there but luckily things worked out. Alice is a little more mature now, the new house addition is finally finished, and Liz gets even more daring. I'm glad Alice finally got over her hopeless crush on Scott and I like that they got to go to the dance as friends, which made her realize that they're just friends. Loved the part with Bill's mom on the sofa.
Alice's stress over the PSAT, and the SAT to a
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Ashley Lynne
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
I have been reading this series since 6th grade. Its always a pleasure to dive back in and hang out with Alice. I like how the series is starting to get a little more mature and is dealing with serious real life situations.
5 more left in the series to read!
Logan Hughes
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly-ya, alice
Spring of her junior year, Alice goes to several dances(view spoiler). Pamela performs in the school musical, enjoys her first nice boyfriend, and has a traumatic experience(view spoiler).

Bottom Line There are some juicy bits in this one, but it's not what I would call good. It feels like a mishmash of random Alice mini-stories with no overarching plot, themes, or character growth for Alice.
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Emily K.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost Alice feels so realistic it's almost scary. I will recommend my daughters read this when they get a little older because Alice's contemplations of her friend's situation was better than any lecture on the subject. A well-balanced combination of humor and seriousness. A few laugh-out-loud moments. Not a huge change in protagonist's character arc, but the subtle change makes it believable and relatable.
Samantha
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, banned-books, sex
Oh the drama in this one. Alice is in the second half of her junior year of high school. The biggest event she's looking forward to is Prom, which Patrick invited her to 5 months early. As Alice wonders whether this invitation will lead to a rekindling of their relationship, her friend Pamela spills that she's taken her relationship with Tim to the next level.

Alice and Liz have a few questions being that of their group Pamela is the first one to have explored a sexual relationship. This revelat
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Lulu
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite sure if I should include this on my list...but I've been reading this series since I was in elementary school and I still check the YA section of the library every now and then to see if there is a new one out, so, why not? And it's even more fitting to post after having a recent conversation with a friend about assigned novels in high school, as this series deals with a lot of the issues that come with being an adolescent - but mostly in a light and funny way. Awkward, embarrassi ...more
Barbara
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, book-eval-book
Almost Alice is the twentieth book in the series about Alice Mckinley and her triumphs and travails growing up, though her life seems surprisingly short on travails. All the really bad stuff seems to happen to her friends, like her friend Molly who has leukemia and Pam whose mom deserted the family for a boyfriend. Even though motherless Alice has a new stepmother, her former sixth grade teacher, she is very close to her dad and older brother Lester and often discusses her life and problems with ...more
Elissa
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is nearly 17 and is still trying to figure life out. Between cheering on Pamela to get a part in the school musical, encouraging Elizabeth to have more confidence, giving morale boosts to leukemia-stricken Molly, taking life advice from brainy Gwen, and asking a senior to the Sadie Hawkins dance, Alice goes through a lot of growth her junior year of high school.

Book takes place: Spring semester of junior year.
Alice's life lessons: You'll discover new things about yourself as long as you li
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Kricket
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction, 2008, 2011
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Alice
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is about to finish her senior year, a year filled with excitement. Her ex-boyfriend, Patrick, just asked her to the prom and her secret crush, Scott is going with her to the Sadie Hawkins Dance. She also becomes features editor for the school newspaper. it seems that her life is going perfectly well but there are bad things about it too.

This book is the first Alice book in the series i read even though this is not the first book in the series. this book is great and i am going to read the
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Amy Wang1
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would want to go to a school dance alone? Of course, nobody. Most teenagers would want to go with their partner a.k.a their boyfriend. However, if a teen was rejected, then that's a totally different story.
Alice, a junior in high school is asked to prom by her former boyfriend who broke up with her a long time ago. Now, her ex-boyfriend, Patrick comes back to her and asks her to prom. The excitement Alice feels is indescribable. But then when she wants Patrick to go with her to the school
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.com

Alice is finishing up her junior year and things couldn't be brighter for her: Patrick asked her to his prom, she is now features editor of the school newspaper, and she's getting along better with her stepmother. Life is good!

Scott, her secret crush, agrees to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance with her. Patrick remains close to her heart, though she isn't quite sure what their relationship truly is. Her friends are busy, too, with school and boys. Alice st
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Lauren
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: I've read them all!
I wonder if I'll ever outgrow Alice? I feel like I've grown up with her throughout the series. When I was younger, I was so excited to have a protagonist that I could relate to. Now that I'm older, I really respect Phyllis Reynolds Naylor as an author that takes risks and portrays the reality of life as a girl. In this book, Alice's doubts about herself are completely realistic as are most of the situations she finds herself in as a high school junior. I felt like she was a little overly mature ...more
BAYA Librarian
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Focusing on the last semester of her junior year, Alice is going through a transition in this 23rd "Alice" adventure, questioning her identity. She is a good friend, but alwys feels like she is in the background - helping Molly who has leukemia, doing stage crew for the Drama club, working on the school paper, and being the shoulder to cry on for her friends. The average tween or teen reader is more like Alice than many other popular series book characters, and the things that happen to Alice ...more
Brandy
I'm tentatively saying this was for work, because I don't think I'd have picked it up if it hadn't wandered across my desk. As usual, Alice is--well, not quite as pure as the driven snow, but certainly has herself under much better control than her friends. The writing still clunks across the page--I doubt if that will ever change--but on the whole this volume of Alice's life seems far more tame than the previous ones. I'm all for frank discussions of sex and bodies, but Judy Blume did it much m ...more
Rhonda
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
I love the Alice series because it is so true to how adolescents think and react to things. There are a few times in this book that did not seem to fit an adolescent mind, but over all I liked it. I agree with other reviewers that one part of the plot was resolved too easily (and I would have like more about prom).

Alice continues the second semester of her junior year. She looks forward to going to senior prom with her old friend (and boyfriend) Patrick. She has new opportunities in journalism c
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Megan
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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704michellew
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
I feel like Alice has learned a lot from her friends and her family which is what makes her grow as a character. After her and Patrick broke up she was depressed about how they weren't together anymore, but really in the end she realized it was no big deal and that it's fine not to have a boyfriend. This book was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to find out what happens when her soon to be step mom comes! I think things might be pretty awkward at first since Ms. Summers is taking over the pla ...more
Brian
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was another dud of an Alice novel. Alice's friend faces a huge teen issue, pregnancy, which came out of nowhere in the book, and I felt was dealt with in a crass and quick way. This was a low point for me of the series and hopefully it will only go up. Her school drama brought much of the same. As I get closer and closer to the home stretch, I get more anxious to see how this series will end.
Libby
Wouldn't say this is my favorite--still enjoyable but Alice and Patrick getting back together happens a little too easily (first they are just going to prom, next thing you know they consider each other "boy/girlfriend" again) and I thought Pamela's pregnancy and miscarriage were treated a little too quickly (especially because they don't come up much in the next book). I just think that experience would have a little more emotional impact on the characters than there was time to portray.
Jennifer
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Berlita
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Alice. Her friends and her self are having some rough times in highschool, alice is still getting use to her stepmom Sylvia, and her best friend Pamela is in a very weird situation. Something embarrising happens to one of her other friends. There is A LOT of drama, family problems, frriendship, relationships, etc. This is my favorite book so far I give it 5 stars!!! (This is the 24th Alice book, you can find these at local libraries.)
Z
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, a
Yet another Alice book. The LGBTQ themes come out a bit more in this one than in several of the previous ones, and Alice manages to bounce from one crush to another with amazing ease. There's also a very serious plot with Pamela, that's pretty important. That said, the way it's resolved didn't seem to give it as much gravity as it should have had. (How's that for being cryptic to avoid spoilers?)
♡ Kristina
Banned Books 2011
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

Banned Books 2006
Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicit

Banned Books 2003
Reasons: sexual content, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2002
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Banned Books 2001
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Melody
Sep 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do like this series. Each book last half of a year in Alice's life. This, the second installment of her Junior year, did not disappoint. I like the characters, the situations mostly ring true, and the messages are not delivered via baseball bats. There are perhaps no surprises, but there's something to be said for fiction imitating life. Some people, I've heard, do have relatively pleasant teenage years. It's a treat to read about them.
Jeremy
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2008
I always enjoy the Alice books as she ages bit by bit. I'm also a fan of how the narrative is maturing as well, and yet there's still the familiar touchpoints from novel to novel: Alice does something embarrassing, Lester gives her good advice. And her relationship to Sylvia is fascinating - how much she wanted her as a stepmother and then once it became real the difficulties she didn't anticipate and working around them. Very good.
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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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