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Alice on Board by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Jun 26, 2012

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bookshelves: read-in-2012, realistic-fiction, ya

3 stars is generous, but I went into this with really low expectations and it wasn't quite as disappointing as I anticipated. The last couple of Alice books were so frustratingly bad that I swore them off, but when this one appeared in my hands as I was cataloging, I couldn't resist. In some ways, this one reminds me of the earlier Alice books. The only problem is that this is the second-to-last Alice book, and the last normal Alice book, so it would have been nice if it focused more on the characters we've grown close to over the series. Alice's family hardly makes an appearance, and though Liz and Pamela play large roles, it never feels like any of what happens has real weight or impact. Alice is pretty passive and doesn't seem changed by the summer, or even by the thought of starting college. What could have been a gut-wrenching crush on a new boy is presented as a fond friendship with no real tension. It was honestly pretty dull, but at least it wasn't as melodramatic as some of the others.

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Miko O. Gah, SDCL hasn't ordered it yet! The last few really were terrible, but I have to finish these!

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