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Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
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Jun 30, 2012

liked it

I liked this one, too, especially the continous diary-entry writing style. Alice is someone who is beyond her years, yet struggling with her self-esteem and who she is in this fragile stage of her life. She is in her mid teen years, 16 or so, and keeps a daily account of her experiences in her only true and faithful friend-her diary. This is a true story; a sad story. The diary was found, and is all that is left of Alice. Everything that she once was--everything she's been through, is recorded.
One part of the book I found particularly appealing was the transition between one diary to the next. This happens a little more than half-way through the story, when Alice "runs out of pages" in her old diary, the one that speaks of her reckless endeavors and addictions. She begins a new diary, in which she writes about the things that matter to her the most: Her siblings, her grandparents, her wonderful and loving family, and her personal challenge to becoming healthy again. She succeeds for a while with staying off drugs, but, much like Winston in 1984, she is overcome.
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