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Incredibly Alice

(Alice #23)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  960 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Get ready to start your own incredible, amazing life…right?

Alice McKinley is standing on the edge of something new—and half afraid she might fall off. Graduation is a big deal—that gauntlet of growing up that requires everyone she’s known since forever to make huge decisions that will fling them here and there and far from home. But what if Alice wants to be that little d
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Mackey
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
At this point, the Alice books are a little predictable. But I've been reading them for more than 20 years, so what do I care if they're predictable? I just love that I've been reading a series for that long and new books are still coming out.

The end is in sight, though!

Oh my lord, I just went and checked to see when the last two books are scheduled to come out, and I found this note from the author:

I wrote the last book several years ago, to make sure that if anything happened to me, readers w
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been with Alice so long that it is very hard to believe that here is yet another good thing that will come to an end in two more books. I expect great things from the next one, Alice on Board, since Alice is now a. 18 and b. working on a cruise ship for the summer! Her summer books are always the best.

Though it could be argued that the title of this one, as opposed to the others, is a bit misleading, you realize after reading it that everything Alice does in this one (trying out for the
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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Anna Goulart
2.5 stars (somewhere between "It was okay" and "I liked it")

I got this book at the library on a whim. I had enjoyed this series in middle school and was like "What the heck. I might as well finish it." It is about Alice's senior year of high school, something I suppose I can relate to as a senior myself. I understood her mixed feelings about graduating; the excitement of starting the next phase in your life conflicts with the knowledge that you're basically leaving everything you know and those
Logan Hughes
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alice
The much anticipated story of Alice's final semester of senior year of high school, and all that entails (prom, graduation, college decision, etc.) makes up one of the longer, and surprisingly most boring, Alice books. It has a lot of parts, but it doesn't really add up to anything. There's no overarching message or lesson. There are vague themes of nostalgia and anticipation, but that's unavoidable in a book about the end of high school. The book, and Alice herself, are going through the motion ...more
Alex Templeton
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
The latest in my favorite YA series EVER. Over the years, I’ve gone from feeling like Alice’s friend to her big sister to sometimes, her mom. In this book, she deals with life as she graduates from high school. I don’t think that these books are quite as good as the earlier ones that Naylor published, due to the fact that the earlier books all took on some kind of theme in Alice’s emotional life (appearance, being a ‘goody-two-shoes’, being Woman of the House) while narrating a few months in her ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: slj
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is so cute. I can just imagine this little granny writing away on her Alice books and giggling, "I know what I'll do to shock them this time! Genital cosmetic surgery! Hee-hee!" But all her scandalous material is filtered through a neon 80's filter and kids of today must just be rolling their eyes and saying, "Whatevs". But I did like this one a little more than some of the previous ones. It's a little more light handed on the Important Issues motif she likes so much. The ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I've been reading the Alice books since I was in 5th grade and I never miss a new one! This one was only alright for me. I did appreciate that it was less "after-school special/7th Heaven episode" than the last few have been. No special ed students get molested by teachers, no neo-Nazis, no abusive boyfriends...unfortunately, not much else does happen! Alice is nearing the end of her senior year. She's in the school play and goes to school and misses Patrick and decides where to go to college. Y ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's the last semester of senior year and Alice is worried about not having tried enough before college. She auditions for a part in the school play, applies for a summer job on a cruise ship, and goes to prom.

Book takes place: Spring semester of senior year.
Alice's life lessons: You don't move ON from things, you move THROUGH them.
Best Alice moment(s): Alice's audition, all the play shenanigans, Jill and Justin, Alice's talk with Penny, Alice's prom, almost getting arrested on the bridge.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have really enjoyed the Alice series, but at this point, it has seriously jumped the shark. There is not a single believable or realistic word in this book. Alice ricochets from one Major Life Lesson to the next, and it's all just so painfully earnest. I am only reading for plot at this point, and it's a good thing that the series is coming to an end.
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a lot better than most of the recent Alice books, mostly because it doesn't read like a Very Special Episode. There is still no reason to pick up these later books unless you, like me, have been reading this series for over 20 years and can't stop now that the finish line is so close in sight.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I love these books. They are wonderful stories, and they teach so much in unobtrusive ways. It is lovely to have watched Alice grow up, as we have.
Caroline D. (CarolineReads)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to re-read this book for so long now, but I couldn't figure out which Alice book it was! I have the collection of three Alice books called "You and Me and the Space in Between", and this is the second one. Alice in this book is dealing with her last semester in high school; All the stress, all the nostalgia, all the confusion. I relate a lot to this book and to the situation that Alice is in. Childhood becomes adulthood rather quickly when one of her friends is pregnant, and when Alice ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice's last year of high school!! Aaah. She seems so much more mature and less worried about trivial things. Alice is really finding herself, whether she knows it or not. Interesting that she's going to the University of Maryland, since that's an in-state possibility for me too. Prom night was cool and the Assassin game was amazingly fun to read about. I love that Alice got a part in the school play, tried something outside of her usual comfort zone. I want to do what she did, both literally an ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am almost certain I only skimmed this when it released, so this was my first time reading it through. A sweet conclusion to Alice's time in high school. This had the same issues as the other last four or five (too many "issues") but I enjoyed it, especially Alice's experiences on stage for the first time.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Well that's it for me. Summer before college on a cruise ship isn't avl. to me, and I'm not even interested in an epic epilogue but would rather imagine for myself whatever happens to all the kids. This one was pretty light, actually, so a nice ending to an important series. Bravo Naylor for helping so many young girls, and bravo me for getting through so many of them.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice finally graduates! It’s been so fun reading this series. I wish I had read it when I was in high school but it’s been fun reading it now. I’ll be sad when this series is over! I don’t think I’ve ever read a series like it. It’s been fun watching Alice grow up!
Ashley Lynne
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
4.5 stars

Not much plot in this one but I enjoyed the familiarity of the characters. And now I am down to the last 2 books in this 25 book series! 😃
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Alice books. I have read many of them. From The Agony of Alice until Including Alice. Thanks to Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the local publisher, who has published and translated the series. However they did not publish all books and skip some number but I still could keep the track. There was nothing missing. But when they finally decided to stop publish the next book, I was so sad. I still want to read all about her. So that was why I was so thrilled when I saw Incredibly Alice wa ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-ya
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Allison Bailey
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was SO PSYCHED to finally get my hands on this book- I have been an Alice fan since elementary school... I think this is book #26 or something in the series, which chronicles Alice's journey through puberty and now preparing for college.

The Alice Series is one of the most banned series of all time (check out the ALA website for more info on banned books). It is number 2 on the 2000-2009 list (after Harry Potter) and number 14 on the 1990-1999 list for being sexually explicit and unsuited to ag
Nov 11, 2011 added it
Sad now. I've been following Alice for four years now and it's all over. I feel like a parent with a child leaving the nest. I guess the serious isn't over yet but the next book won't be out until later 2012 and the last book won't be out until 2013!! I guess now would be a good time to start reading from the beginning of the series since I'd started at Alice Alone. A lot has happened and I've watched Alice grow up starting from her freshman year and she's all grown now driving and ready for col ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the first 'alice' book that I read. I was pretty shocked to find it was #23 in a series!! But the story was easy to follow and the characters, and their pasts, were well introduced. This is a great series for young girls. Alice seems like a really nice girl who makes mistakes but has a good heart. I think she's an excellent role model and I, at 25, was even a little inspired reading about her life.
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Alice is a short few months from graduating, but as she stands on the cusp of the next part of her life, she wonders, is she making her high school experience all it can be?

Meh. These books are getting kinda dull, yet I can’t stop reading them. In this book, Alice joins the school play and has a mini-romance with a guy other than Patrick (oooo!). Maybe it’s because these books have been going on for so long, but I feel like the dialogue and situations in these books don’t really ring true with t
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book covers the last half of Alice's senior year, but hardly refers to the plethora of issues that she faced in the first half (although the book picks up the same day Alice in Charge leaves off).

Just because Curtis Butler has left the school, the conversations about racism shouldn't disappear. And what of Daniel Du Bau? He plays his drum at the sock hop, but we don't see his reactions to or participation in spring break, the prom, senior prank and skip day, the assassin game (he'd definite
Suzy Partlow
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I actually liked this book more than I expected. It makes me super curious about Alice's future! The relationship with Patrick hits home with me because I met my husband when I was very young and we carried our relationship all along the way. I know this seems so unrealistic to some, but it really does happen once in awhile. It doesn't mean everything is rosey all the time, it just means that some things are truly meant to be. Besides Partick & Alice's relationship, I do feel like Alice's ch ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I've been reading the Alice books ever since The Agony of Alice came out 20+ years ago. I feel as though I've invested in this series, and that I may as well keep plugging through it, despite my inevitable disappointment. Though Incredibly Alice wasn't nearly as insipid as some of the other recent Alice books, I finally have determined what my biggest issue is with the Alice series. Essentially, in the early Alice books, Alice was repeatedly embarrassing herself (the moo shu scene from TAOA come ...more
Chelsea Denisse
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
A solid 2.5 Stars.

Characters: The characters I honestly didnt like much because thy werent believable to me. They always got everything they wished for and that doesnt happen in life a lot. They also didnt have to deal with any drama like bullies maybe they had to deal with one or two but it just seemed to me that there life was just too perfect.

Plot: The plot was about nothing at all to me. It was just random rambling about their senior year. I would have liked the story better I think if it ha
Kaitlyn Bates
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this from the library, knowing full well that I haven't gotten the chance to read the 5 books before it. I started reading this series when I was in Junior High school and continued it whenever I saw the newest book at the library. I have to say that as much as I love reading about Alice, the book was kind of stilted. And I agree with many others when I say that it's probably because of Naylor's age. She's clearly writing from another era, and while she was able to get away with it in for ...more
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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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“Saying hello to something new means saying good-bye to something old and loved.” 24 likes
“I hate that phrase: move on. Like no matter what happened or what you did, you just “move on,” and that’s supposed to make everything all right.” 4 likes
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