When I tell people this, they usually look at me in an appalled fashion, and ask if my parents knew I was reading it. Although Sparks always presented herself as merely the discoverer and editor of the diaries, records at the Beatrice Sparks was an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the 'real diaries' of troubled teenagers. Go Ask Alice is a wake-up call to loved ones of children, teens and adults alike. They move over the summer, so she gets to go back and visit her grandparents, back where she used to live. Alice goes home and her family accepts her warmly. The reader is supposed to accept that a girl who can't figure out how a doctor can tell if a girl is a virgin, would, a relatively short time later, be using language out of a Henry Miller novel. This girl recieves a laced drink and there after, she begins to experiment more.
The scene that by far shocked me the most was when Dana discovered that Alice had committed suicide. But the sheer speed of the narrator's descent into addiction is laughable. It is a blatant slap in the face to all families who have suffered real drug related losses. The quilt represents their ancestors' lives and tells a story with each individual stitch. Lately she loses fascination about all things. She has a normal life, with a mom, a dad, and a younger brother and sister.
Alice talks with a priest about teen runaways, and he calls her parents. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. For example, they carry the same beliefs and cultures that their parents taught them into their adult life and into their future families. I was stoned when I watched it, I think that added considerably to my enjoyment. It's a wake up call kind of book. Or is it Alice that is different and strange.
Her father is college professor and her mother stays home and takes care of the kids. Drugs lead to getting in with a bad crowd, having sex, stealing, dealing, prostitution, homelessness and insanity! Her life changes for the worse when her family moves to a new town and she finds herself less popular and more isolated than ever before. And I say that proudly, as one of these preteens myself. So, for now, I'm going to leave it as it is and will come back to it at some point. This infuriating book is the most repugnant piece of reactionary propaganda that I've ever had the misfortune to read. Alice happily experiments with more drugs and loses her virginity while on acid. Within a few months, she was totally hooked.
After closing the shop's doors, Alice and her friend fall in to a 'bad crowd' wherein she gets raped and taken advantage of. This drama teaches the reader how the views and opinions of individuals or groups can influence other individuals or groups to approach situations with the same reaction, although their views and opinions may be opposite. Her friends calmed down, she quit drugs and even gets a boyfriend. It was exciting, debauched, and it was something that we kind of thought we weren't supposed to be reading. Never had anything ever been so beautiful.
Afterwards, Roger, a guy she used to like, comes back to town, and they reconnect. She sticks a needle in her arm immediately after one accidental drug encounter? She imagines she may go into child guidance or psychology some day to help out others, and she vows to quit drugs. In the epilogue, we are told that Alice died three weeks later of an overdose—whether it was premeditated or accidental remains unclear—and that she was one of thousands of drug deaths that year. Upoznajte svoju djecu kako biste znali kada nisu svoji! The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I like lighter books so much better than the dark ones. Go Ask Alice was an important book for me; I can honestly say I've never run to the computer so fast to type out a review, good or bad, before. Stories like this absolutely exist in real life. My good intentions meant nothing what I lacked was power.
Patricia Hampl in her article A romantic Education she explore her family history and seek to understand memories. It goes through her life of experimenting with drugs, selling drugs, running away, and telling herself over and over she will stay drug free only to start again. Needless to say, a horrific violation of trust, and a flat refusal to offer anything but trite, simplistic answers in the face of monumental grief and loss. Just because someone is the narrator does not make the protagonist. When I was a child I used to slip into my mother's paperbacks late at night when no one was looking. Homeless, driven by drug highs and lows, she sometimes tries to regain control over her life.
Some reviews I've read also attack the diarist as exceptionally weak, self-pitying, and self-absorbed, with no willingness to change her circumstances. I am wondering how, when our diarist heroine was in the gutter and writing her diary entries on paper bags and such, she managed to maintain the clarity of mind to actually stow away these inconvenient pages to get them pasted back into the diary. It contains every single cliche about how making friends with anyone whose social life doesn't involve Christian youth clubs will inevitably lead to the sort of parties where teenagers can drink beer and have a puff of a joint and it is downhill all the way from there. With these words, we are accepted into the girl's life, and into her heart and mind. We noted one further theme that jumped off the pages of Go Ask Alice: with the exception of the diarist, every teen in the book who was heavily involved with drugs and whose home situation was described came from a broken home. You never get her true name but she starts to hang out with the wrong crowd and gets involved in various types of drugs.
Desperation drove her first to offer her body on the streets and then in high-class brothels, where she discovered hidden strengths as well as parts of herself that frightened her. What struck me the most about the book in the first place was the supposed 15 year old's ability to be honest with her diary - I constantly lie to my own, never trusting it with the truth, or trusting myself with it - so when that need for someone to be honest with it f The way I felt about this book entirely changed once I found out that it wasn't a real diary, which provided insight into how much the background story of a novel affects my enjoyment of it. It was such a great starting point for a tough talk. She never really finds the proper treatment, despite her parents trying their best. You want to be able to wake her up from her addiction, until you realize it's just that.