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It's Not Like I Planned It This Way (Alice #16-18)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  752 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
The ups and downs of high school life continue in the second and third bind-ups in the Alice series. In It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way, Alice’s sophomore year is chock full of change, from a new living arrangement, to a possible new relationship, to the newfound freedom that comes with driving. And in Please Don’t Be True, the adventure of growing up continues in Alic ...more
Paperback, 816 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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booknessandcoffe That might be the best idea I only own the two last books because I found it really hard to find them all! But the stories take place in order of…moreThat might be the best idea I only own the two last books because I found it really hard to find them all! But the stories take place in order of Alice's high school years, so yes I think you should !(less)

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Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Overall the book was better than Alice's Freshman year. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of diversity mentioned in the book as a fairly young age at the end of the first book coming into the second. Also the fact that it was all considered very welcoming of each character in the novel. Alice started out in the book very young and naive compared to other characters, like when Sylvia talks about lingerie and romantic evenings wit
Carsyn Grage
Oct 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
It's Not Like I Planned It This Way just makes me so angry. Alice is just so stupid with her decisions and I'm not quite sure why she even thinks. Her father is getting married to the girl of his dreams and she is so worried that something might happen. And she is the worst driver in the world! Nobody can be as stupid as she is. Alice has to get braces and she thinks it's the freaking end of the world! She gets a boyfriend and he is so over-protective but she likes it. And then out of the blue s ...more
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's Not Like I Planned It This Way
By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Do you remember the time when you were in high school? Where everything seemed to be a bigger deal than it actually was. The things that you once did and experienced was always the time of your life. I always wonder if I will ever do the things Alice did in her sophmore year. Alice did have a pretty exciting school year.
Alice is a sixteen year old girl juggling with school, boys, drama, and family. Her life is moving way faster tha
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way is a realistic and humorous book that keeps up with a teenage girl living a roller coaster life. Throughout this book, you will laugh, cry and scream with frustration. You will always be trying to untangle one of the many confusing situations that make this book and entertaining read. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor includes lots of emotion and spontaneous characters that made me not want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to any girl who wants to know ...more
Kaitlin Donovan
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say this book was amazing. All of the Alice books are so true when it comes to the ACTUAL lives of teenage girls. Myself being one, I have also experienced some of these things. Alice makes mistakes and learns from them. She is constatly wondering about sexuality and boys but also about herself. Phyllis reynolds Naylor understands teenage girls more than most people and the way she shares her knowledge is a blessing to us all.
Kelly K
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.75 stars.

This was a bind up of the books that cover Alice's sophomore year of high school as well as a little bit into junior year. I enjoy these books even if there are a few characters I just want to stab and Alice can be pretty dumb at times but they are fun reads. The first book in this bind up was a bore though.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
3 of the YA "Alice" books republished as 1 book. Loved all the real life situations that occur in high school!
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I am totally in love with this series! I couldn't put it down! I literally read all 5 books in 2 weeks!
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the book down. I just felt like i was watching the whole thing on a tv and whenever i stopped, it went on commercial!
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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sooooo good!!!the end is the best part i think *Spoiler* RIP grampy....
Nov 11, 2011 added it
Including Alice- Now I understand the title of the book. including Alice: including her into the new family. So her dad and Sylvia finally get married and Lester moved out so everything's changed. They plan on remodeling the house and she feels like the 3rd wheel who expected all her problems to go away -ha!At least she and Patrick are friends again and shes's trying to be friends with Penny but she's got braces now and Eric (who moved to Texas has already found Emily not that she wanted him to ...more
Olivia M
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It’s not like I planned it this way, is the second book in the series. This book is a wonderful book full of adventure and romance. In this book Alice had many things going on in her life. One of the most important things that was going on was that she had to get used to having a step mom around the house. Her new step mom was her seventh grade English teacher. Well she was getting used to a new step mom she also had to get use to many other things including not being the only girl in the house, ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is an easy-read, although it has ALOT of pages! The parts that I really liked about this book were that the author talked about Alice's job, and how she explored more of the world and what she learend from her job, Alice's family and what she is dealing with at home, Alice's friends and who she was hanging out with the most, and Alice's problems at school. As you can tell, this book is all about Alice's life. It all revolves around one single girl going through high school and just li ...more
Jul 14, 2011 added it
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Ok so I've just finished the first part of it (its 3 stories combined) and I liked it. I did not read the first 5 or so books cus I just picked 1 random book of this series up at the library. The amazing thing is that, I can still understand what the story is saying! The author probably made it so that the readers can start at almost anywhere and still know what its about.

So I'm gonna start reading on the 2nd and 3rd part and do an update soon!


I've finished the 3 books and I immediately
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
So this book took me sooo long to finish because it was so big, but it was an amazing book over all! I enjoyed how there was always something for Alice (main character) to do, she always had something to do in her life weather it was her job, friends, family, brother or school. Phyllis really made Alice sound like a normal teenage girl with the typical problems but she put a twist on it when her dad got re married and her brother moved out and everyone got sick on Christmas. I'm writing this rev ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alice McKinley has just started her sophomore year filled with hopes for the coming year. Her dad is finally getting married to her former english teacher Sylvia Summers. Her big brother, Lester is finishing grad school. And Alice has finally turned 16, which means she can get her license soon. However, Alice soon realizes that life has its ups and downs, and she begins to build her own character through the challenges she faces.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's style is easy to catch onto from the beg
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Starting off sophomore year, Alice McKinley is ready to take on the new challenges that life will throw at her. Whether it be her friend, family, or schoolmate drama she is growing up due to the experiences she is involved in. The fact that her entire life is changing, her brother moving on to the next steps in his career, her father getting remarried, and her ever changing relationship status, aids this growth as she continues on.

Naylor's simplistic techniques in writing make her stand apart. S
Kelsie Wood
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's Not Like I Planned it This Way was part of a series. I loved the first book and I loved the second book even more! It summarized a normal teenage girl's life and the ups and downs, sad and happy moments, relationships and family problems, (father getting re-married, brother moving out) fighting with friends or watching a friend go through pain. I've never cried at a book (because I don't read usually) and i didn't cry at this book but I could see why some people would. It's humorous, romant ...more
Brianna Doran
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about want goes on in a girls life. The main character of this book is Alice. In the book Alice is so depressed in the morning because she figured out that she has to move and also that she is going to have a stepmom. So when she moved She was so excited because in a couple of years she gets to get her drivers license. Also with Alice moving she gets to get her own bathroom because before she had to share a bathroom with her brother named Lester ...more
Dania Gomez
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know this book is really simple, but I just have so much fun reading it. I love reading fantsay, which is why most of the books I read are about that, which is why I enjoyed this: it's different! There's nothing extraodinary about it, no boy with fatal disease, no forbidden romance, no magical adventures. It's just about a girl living her everyday and ordinary life. But, somehow, I really enjoy reading it because I like Alice and how she reacts to the situations around her, and I love Lester a ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every teenage girl!
Recommended to Sheyenne by: No one.
I just love Alice McKinley. When I first started reading this series I thought that Alice's character was too goody. But she's become one of my favorite characters. I like how she goes through anything any other teenager goes through while acting her age. I love that she worries all the time and over reacts about everything (maybe because I do the same). But she's just a real character. All the characters are real. One of my favorite things about this book was how Phyllis Reynolds Naylor showed ...more
Beatrice Goyer
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Actually, I love all the books in the Alice McKinley series. I love how you're basically just a spectator on her life, and you get to see her grow up and change over the years. I also love how she, Elizabeth, and Pamela stick together through everything no matter what and always have each other's backs. They are each an example of different personalities. Pamela is outgoing and the opposite of shy, Elizabeth is almost the opposite, sort of shy and stays back, and Alice ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Harley Brooks
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars. I became hooked on the "Alice" series with the first large compilation "I Like Him He Likes Her." The writing is geared more to 15-17 yr old readers, although I found Naylor's writing to be refreshing and the story, while not riveting, a delightful, honest, view of the life of a young girl going through the growing pains of becoming a young adult. A definite recommended read for girls transitioning into high school. This compilation is the second and grows with the character in both w ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book series is so incredibly relatable. I've yet to find anything else like it. Naylor nails (lol) exactly how it feels to be a teenage girl! The way you feel about boys, friends, family. The way you dramatize something insignificant. The choices you make.
I like that Alice isn't a perfect character. She's real. She makes dumb decisions. She worries to much. She gets jealous and petty.
Definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a teen and double especially if you're looking for som
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I want to read this so bad it HURTS

It looks soo interesting!


It looks like it'll be a fluffy read! That is exactly what I need right now!

GOSH, I hope my parents will lend me money to read this.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I found the book intriging and it is every good at evoking the readers emotions. I found the book to be a bit juvenile for my age group (19) but for young readers it would be perfect! I do find alice to be a bit whiny at times and a TOTAL control freak but it was over all a good read. The only thing I don't like is the way it ended. I can't wait till the next books come out to see Alice a little closer to my age.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I ran to buy this book but even though it did not live up to all my excitement, it was still worth it. Alice's world is seriously realistic and the problems in it could happen to anyone. The characters have been developed throughly (clearly from being the 16th, 17th and 18th book in the series) and Alice, herself, may have her ups and downs but I have seen worst (in real life and fictional worlds).
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very meh. I have a sentimental attachment to Alice since I read her when I was a kid, but in these newer books, Naylor is trying too hard to be PC and "hip"...unfortunately, it comes off as insincere and clueless. It's pretty clear she is pretty roved from kids these days, and there's NO CHANCE my high school (or middle school, for that matter) students would relate to this. This is definitely a "first world problems" kind of book!!!
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, series
I loved reading Phyllis Reynolds Naylor as a kid. But now, having to read about sophomore girls makes me gag. I don't know if I acted like this in high school, but I feel like Alice was really fickle about some of her friends. Their relationships came off kinda fake, but maybe that's what high school's all about and I've just forgotten. Some of the things, like Alice's relationship with Sam, came off as more realistic, but, I have to be honest, this wasn't worth the hours I spent reading.
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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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