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Go Ask Alice


Paperback | January 1, 2006

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A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale.

January 24th

After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs....

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. 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. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.

Enter her world.

You will never forget her.

For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.
Title:Go Ask AliceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:January 1, 2006Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416914633

ISBN - 13:9781416914631

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Every teen should have the chance to read this book growing up. It gives a lot of perspective and opens your eyes to how destructive drugs can be. This was definitely a staple in my young adult reading.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shows Ups and Downs of Drug-Infused Lifestyle Despite grandiloquent vocabulary at times, this novel, through a clear plot, descriptive scenes, potential character-reader relatability and a diary format, represents as realistically as its limits allow, the undeniable reasons as well as the palpable ups and downs of diving into a drug-infused lifestyle. This substance, in turn, may prevent its readers from diving into it themseves or simply developping a sense responsibility towards it. Overall, "Go Ask Alice", through its typical yet realistic characters and plot is a litterature staple for young adults in the process of physical and uniqueness maturation.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book As a teen, I read this book a few times and every time it brings tears. Still love this book to this day.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from enjoyable read I had high hopes for this book. It seemed dark and eerie which enticed me. But, it didn't end up being as crazy of a story that I imagined. I also found the way the girl wrote to be unrelatable, a girl of the main character's age wouldn't have spoken like that. I did like it and finished it pretty quickly though.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Such an amazing book! Had to read it in high school but have re read it multiple times! Very raw, but very very good! #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming It's definitely not believable as a diary. The book's scare tactics might have worked on kids when it was first published, but it's laughable now.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good eye opening book Enjoyed reading this book. I found it really eye opening and the story sucked me in. Would recommend
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yup! Got this book as a gift & could not put it down. It sucks you in into the individual's life, and you cannot get out. You go through the situations with the character, and it will make you feel things you never felt before. It keeps you intrigued and on your toes. It's definitely influenced me to make different choices in my life.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! It really shows how her life has deteriorated throughout the book in an interesting way
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human and Real Read this book as a teen and it is haunting and heartbreaking. It stayed with me and I re-read it as an adult and still felt sorrow at the same spots as the first time.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting One of the most haunting books I read in high school. There were rumours it was based on a true story, and other rumours that it was merely a novel.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I read this book when I was a pre-teen, and it completely broke my heart. It is a powerful story that stayed with me into adulthood and definitely influenced my choices for the better,
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dISTURBING Very sad, didn't see the ending coming.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It's an interesting read, in a compelling form. I had forgotten just how long ago this book was written. But it still touches so many people and I think it's good for a lot of younger people to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense!!! Read this book in one day. Could not put it down, very interesting to read what happens once you get sucked into the world of drugs!!!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling This book was what got me into reading more mature stories when I was in elementary school. I may have been too young to read it, but it opened my eyes to stories outside of my world that were completely engaging. I can recall being completely absorbed and not being able to put it down because I felt like I was being told a personal story unlike ever before. I highly recommend that mature preteens or young teens read this, it is mature but a need to be experienced story and character.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Really great book for teens. Dark and haunting. Experiences of a young girl dealing with drugs written down in diary form. Really interesting and beautiful.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful This story really makes you question the stigma around drug abuse and addiction once you start to see that it does not always start with a willing choice. The diary entries allow you to enter into the world of a young teenage girl who faces common adolescent issues of growing up. The ending is absolutely unexpected but really depicts the struggle of someone tangled in the mess of drugs.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful This story really makes you question the stigma around drug abuse and addiction once you start to see that it does not always start with a willing choice. The diary entries allow you to enter into the world of a young teenage girl who faces common adolescent issues of growing up. The ending is absolutely unexpected but really depicts the struggle of someone tangled in the mess of drugs.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down I loved this book, couldn't put it down.. Very gripping and exciting story until the very last page. you want to know what will happen to alice right until the end.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved. A little slow at the start but once I got into it I couldn't stop. Really sad how it ends and sad because it's so true and you can tell her mindset is so naive and so young. Truly heartbreaking but definitely a page turner.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED eye opening, very very interesting read
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating story. Emotional and intense story. No doubt a must-read for everyone!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I thought this book was good. I found the character to be very annoying at some parts but other than that it wasn't bad, it just wasn't the book for me.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice An interesting style of book that is captivating.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional read This was such an emotional story, it was very intense and pulls you in. At the end of it I had no choice but to have a good cry! Excellent.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ. THIS. BOOK. If you are over the age of 16, i highly reccommend this book. It is an easy read, yet painful. It is very emotional and extremely sad, but so necessary for every one to read. This is a perspective we need to know is very REAL.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is something that I wouldn't necessarily seek out, but I was given it by a friend who was reducing her book collection. I definitely don't regret reading this, as it portrays the life this individual left. This book contains things that do not and will never not apply to me, but I find that it is important for everyone, not just teenagers, should be aware of.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointing While the story in this novel is highly entertaining, that's all it is - a story. For a while, this book was marketed as a true account, but it's entirely fiction, which to me was a little disappointing to discover.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointing While the story in this novel is highly entertaining, that's all it is - a story. For a while, this book was marketed as a true account, but it's entirely fiction, which to me was a little disappointing to discover.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Was giving this book when i was starting high school & it was so truthful to what growing up is like
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Book I am reading this years behind others it seems. I thought the book was alright, a little far fetched in the writing to believe it is truly a young teenagers diary in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I could not put this book down when I got it, really enjoyed. Not my typical read but definitely had my attention the whole time.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I remember loving this book as a kid, but when reading it as an adult I was less impressed.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing Views I acquired this book in middle school. It is then that I delved into the deep depression I still struggle with today, but I still look back to this book for guidance. Not guidance on what it is I'm going to do, and not guidance on how to handle situations- but guidance that I'm not alone and there are women all over just like me. This book will haunt you, it will intrigue you, it will inspire you. Most of all, it will move you.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting This book was utterly haunting.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was shocking I first read this book when I was a teen, and actually thought it was a real diary. Because of this mindset reading it, I have probably never felt so many emotions while reading a book. I read it again in my 20s, and then knew the book was fiction. It was still an amazing read, but not as good as my first read thinking it was real. Still such a quick and easy read, worth picking up!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book I think every teen should read this.. My mum made me read this a few years ago and i am so happy I did because it scared me into being who i am today.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth Your Time Here "Anonymous" means "Concerned Parent Doesn't Want Kids Doing Drugs" People often think of this book as the telling of a real story, but it's in the fiction section for a reason, people. The writing is weak and the characters very stiff.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sad story this book has a sad story but a great read. will always love this book.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite book This has always been my favourite book. I've read it countless times since I was young and it still holds up as an adult.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I first read this book about 4 years ago, a few other times after that and I absolutely love it. It's one of my favourite books and it is one of the most memorable books I have read. There are parts that were a bit hard to read because of the content but I would definitely recommend reading.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remembering This book will be a book you will always remember its one of those books that teaches you things yet is interesting. I think that this book will help a lot of people and am happy that this book was publish
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! The way this story is written like a journal/diary made it addicting. I could not put this book down and even cried at times during this emotional story.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Account of Drug Addiction A fan of Ellen Hopkins? You'll love this. This book is a collection of real diary entries written by a 15-year-old girl during her spiral with drugs. So chilling to hear her thoughts while she was plummeting into scary realities.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book I'll read over and over I read this book for the first time in high school after a friend had told me about it, I loved it. I loved it so much that I have read it 13 times since then (it's been quite a few years might I add). I would pick this book up tomorrow and read it again in a heart beat.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh This just wasn't the book for me... I found it very hard to read and the story at times was hard to follow.. The story itself wasn't too bad but it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I've re-read this book multiple times and it's really good (which says a lot, as this is the only book I've ever picked up more than once). I got so attached to the main character and her happy-at-times-but-mainly-tragic adventures keep me entertained over and over. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable I read this novel when i was really young, and it really influenced my decisions growing up when turning down peer pressure. It opens your eyes to a world full of regret and how one bad decision can take over your entire life. Definitely a good read for teenagers and parents.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tragic I loved that it was a true story. It helped me understand addiction better and was one of the best books I've read. Sympathy is needed while reading this diary.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked Very thought-provoking, couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I absolutely loved this book! It gives a realistic idea of what someone in this situation would be experiencing and I will definitely be reading more of these books! Just bought The Book of David - Anonymous today, can't wait to start it!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Novel About Teenage Addiction I love books that have real issues in them. This book explored what teenager addiction can do to a person. I loved the way it was written and honestly it was probably one of the most amazing book's I've ever read (although the baby sitting scene made me squirm just a little)
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice Really great book, it really show a different perspective through the eyes of an addict.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED This book is raw and addicting itself, I couldn't put it down till the end. I have since picked up every Anonymous Journal and I don't regret my decision at all.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an great book seeing this kind of life through the eye's of a drug user. Very scary to see how before you know it your life is turned upside down. Read it for the first time in highschool and twice since then
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragic Reality for too Many The slide Alice takes into heavy drug use is painful to read but impossible to put down. It contains an important message about the dangers that drugs can pose to the lives of young people and the quick spiral that can take place.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go ask alice Chilling and Real. I like that this is writen in first person as thought it is or was actually happeneing ( they have proven it is not an actual diary even though it was promoted as one) This shows a great prospective of how addition can affect anyone.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great just love this book! a great read
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Made Me A Reader I was in Grade 7 when I read this book. Now that I look back, perhaps it was a young age for such a story but it completely changed my life and made be a book lover. It was a mature story for my age but that's what made it feel real. Reading through the eyes of the main character and the diary style format communicated such honesty and raw emotion that I found myself hooked and looking for more gripping and dark stories like this one at such a young age. Once again, perhaps I was quite young for such a story but I would say it was the best thing that I could have read at that time. I think this should be a book a lot of youths should read and I think it could open their eyes to many emotional struggles and narratives which may help expand their perspectives.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Intriguing&Scary! Wow! Read this book knowing that she would be telling her story about her drug addictions! Intriguing to know about the persons feelings and thoughts while literally spiraling down the rabbit hole. Found it scary too, since this is a daily struggle for thousands of people, the details about certain events like when she had a bad LSD trip.. HAUNTING! I would definitely recommend this!
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from suc a wonderful book. if you haven't read this before, you need to! very eye opening! I have never had some many feelings for a book.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply an extrordinary read. This book definitly made my top five favorite reads. I have nothing bad to say about this book, to be honest.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice Awesome book! I read it when I was a teen, and it still ranks in my top 10 favorite books of all time.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is definitely a book everybody needs to read. It really allows the reader to see what it's like to be tangled up with drugs and all the struggles that come along with it.
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thats how i found the book Go Ask Alice i really enjoyed this book many many yrs ago & enjoyed it now thank you
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice Great read absolutely amazing!!
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thumbs up I read this book for book club and it started a little funny but then it became so interesting I couldn't stop reading it. Also it is not a book that its obvious what happens next. It is very entertaining. I wish there was a second book to this. I finished this book In 4 days!
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from still relevant read this as a teen, and now my daughter is reading it!
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow That was a wonderful book, i am truly saddened by the ending in which this story has left me but am brought joy that she was truly happy in her last weeks of life, i shall pray for this lost unnamed soul.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it... I didn't read this book voluntarily. I read “Go Ask Alice” in high-school about four or so years ago. I personally didn’t enjoy this book as my as my peers did probably because I have never admired this sort of genre. Although, I would recommend this book to other teenagers.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Thought it was going to be excellent....No and then to find out its not even real makes it worse
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew me away... "Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous is by far one of my favorites. From the moment I read the first few pages I could not put it down. I was hooked on the life of this teenage girl, sharing her fears, hopes and hatred. This is her diary where she shared her thoughts and emotions while she battled through a drug addiction from the age of 15 to a little after her 17th birthday. It provides a detailed version of the constant battle against herself until she reaches the very end. Keep a box of tissues nearby, you will need them for sure!
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from go ask alice This book is about a fifteen-year-old diarist, whom the novel's title refers to as Alice, starts a diary. With a sensitive, observant style, she records her adolescent woes: she worries about what her crush Roger thinks of her; she loathes her weight gain; she fears her budding sexuality; she is uncomfortable at school; she has difficulty relating to her parents. Alice's father, a college professor, accepts a teaching position at a different college and the family will move at the start of the new year, which cheers Alice up.The move is difficult. While the rest of her family adjusts to the new town, Alice feels like an outcast at school. Soon she meets Beth, a Jewish neighbor, and the two become fast friends. Beth leaves for summer camp and Alice goes to live with her grandparents. She is bored, but reunites with an old friend, Jill, who invites Alice to a party. At the party, Alice unwittingly drops LSD and experiences a fantastic drug trip.
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I will always GO ASK ALICE Go ask alice was fanatastic! Brilliantly written and heart catching. The weird thing is that I never that I would like a book like this.Since I thought it would sugar coat the scary and hard parts. Instead it did the total opposite! While leaving a long lasting impression! YOU HAVE GOT TO READ IT!
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from first hand experience go ask Alice has become one of my favourite books! i don't want to say anything to give the story away but i wish i could. all i can say is that the ending is a shocker. i will also say, this book is AMAZING and it gives you an unattainable realness that any typical author can NOT give. i felt like i was the diary owner. this book made me want to do drugs to feel the "high" but by the end, i was glad that i have made the life decision to never do drugs. i recommend that ALL teens read this book too. it truly opened my eyes.
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! i think the book go ask alice is a good book and it tells you what teenagers go through once they start smokin drugs.... i feel really sad for and i hate that she died but this book is a girls personal life story and she talks about and i loved readin i couldn't put the book down for one minute!!!!!! i know that i love this book and i cried like a million times in it it;s so sad and the endin well i guess no 1 can help it but i really hate the endin cause she' s tryin to bring her life bck 2gether and she doesn't get the chance to do tht which for me is sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All i know is that this book is awesome and i love it with all my heart and it's a MUST(notice how must is in capital letters) READ!!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love or Hate I find that Go Ask Alice is a book that either one loves or hates. Personally, I am a huge fan of this novel. I first read it when I was in grade 4 and I have continued to read it over and over throughout the years. I have even had to replace my copy seeing as my other one fell apart. As for what I enjoy so much, I find the storyline captivating. I have never been pro-drugs and it was interesting to watch the struggles in which one girl faces as a result of her addiction. As much as "Alice" screws up, you can't help but root for her and hope that she comes through. In conclusion, I would recommend that everyone give the book a try. It is graphic and dreary but it is a powerful read. It may not be for everyone, but for a few, this book will have a special place in your heart!
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good =] I enjoyed reading this book. But i noticed something. it didnt sound like a teens writing. then i found out it was written by a middle aged woman so i understood why lol. but all in all still a very good book!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sad Story This book was the raw truth. "Alice" was an average girl, With a good seemingly normal family, and loving siblings. It just took "Alice" one time to have her hooked on a life of trouble. I found this book hard to read at times reading about "Alices" most personal moments, She described everything so detailed that you could see youself there with her, experiencing this with her. "Alice" had a way about her that you really felt like you new her. She was another one that was a victim of peer pressure. I would recommend this book to any young person, male or female, although the structure of this book is more directed to a female, i think it is something that everyone should read.
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Captivating Read! Go Ask Alice is a book that I had never heard of until a friend had recommended it. This book is filled with problems that teens could be faced with. Drug abuse, sexual assault, the difficulty of communication between parents, and the problem of finding your identity are all issues that are faced in this book by Alice. A 15-year-old girl named Alice is believed to be the main character. The book is set up in a diary format, which is be written by Alice, about a period of her teenage life. At the beginning of the novel, Alice is your average teenage girl. She worries about her popularity status, her appearance, her weight, and the boys that like her. She begins to search for her identity and for someone who truly understand her. Alice’s problems begin when her father (a college professor) takes on a new job, which causes the family to move. Alice takes the move hard because she has to leave her friends behind but soon meets Beth in her new town. Beth and Alice become instant friends and Alice begins to have trust in Beth. When, Beth leaves for a summer camp over their break, Alice goes to live with her grandma for her summer vacation. There, Alice meets a new group of friends who start influencing her lifestyle and introduce her to drugs. Alice’s grandfather than passes away and she takes the death fairly harsh. She begins to cope with her pain by the use of drugs. Sheila, a new friend of Alice’s who is also a drug user make the decision to move to Denver to start a new life. The reason of their moving is due to Sheila’s boyfriend’s abusiveness, physically and sexually. The girl’s start up a jewelry business but it soon fails and the girls end up living on the streets. Alice and Sheila return multiple times to their homes to reconnect with the family. Both families do not have the best relationships and the girls find themselves back on the streets with the “wrong crowd”. Near the end of the story, a happier flip occurs when Alice seeks help from her parents and her relationship with her father matures. She continues on with school, despite the harassing she receives from her peers. Alice meets a boy who is a freshman and begins to have a relationship with him. Things are going well, until Alice finds herself in a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there. Alice is there because of a drug overdose and recovers. She returns home to begin her fresh new life. I found this book to be a bit depressing in some points but the themes in the story were very good. In a teenager’s point of view, I felt that I learned a lot about how some teenagers may feel when they are isolated and look for things that will make them feel good. This book is a little bit of everything. It has its romantic spins as well as a lot of suspense and it definitely is a dramatic read. I would recommend this book for any teenager because there are many things that teens could relate to and open eyes about things that could happen. I felt that the style of the book was neat. The diary was easy to follow along but the events were scattered. It was an “easy read” and didn’t take long to finish the book. However, you had to read carefully in order to get the characters straight and to follow along because of the different scenes. I think that the author wanted to put out a message. No matter how bad a situation is, resorting to the use of drugs and alcohol is not a good route to go down. I have not read anything else by this author, but I think I would like to because of the intriguing plot and the deep underlying messages.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very educational :P This book is like scarily real! It talks about drugs and all that stuff. Not only was it real, but also made me very alert about what drugs can do to a person. It was a truly sad book. D: 5/5
Date published: 2009-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a fabulously compelling story I read this book a while ago so the details are a bit hazy but i remember thinking about how good a story this was. I say this is a must read no matter who you are...whether you can relate to this book or you have no connection to what this book is even talking about i suggest you read it. It's very compelling and will become a classic
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice This book, written through journal entries, was very touching and emotional. It's about a girl's struggle with her addiction to drugs and how she feels when she's high. I found myself crying in certain parts of the story. The story is also about how drugs can alienate her, making her feel lonely in the world, as well as how her relationships with her friends and family changes.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read as a teen and I have now read it as an adult. A great book for teens to read to realize what life is about.. My teens enjoyed the book and asked alot of questions and they said that they would think twice about doing drugs. A great book.
Date published: 2009-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW ! i really like the book i was great i readed the last page in school and almost cryed right there it was sad and i was so sad for her but i am going to get all my friends to read this book
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read for a toubled teenaged girl. This book helped me tremendously in my teens. It was good to read something from someone my age without fake solutions to made up problems. I was less than studious in high school so I didn't read much. 'Go Ask Alice', however, appealed to me because I could relate to the charactor. I read it over three times in my youth. Now, as a councelor, I will definately recommend this book to any of my students I feel are having drug problems. Thanks to those who decided to publish it, you make a world of difference to teenaged girls who need a lesson in life, and a friend to relate to.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable This was seriously hard to believe. All the things she went through was amazing. It was one of the best books I have ever read! I bought it on a shopping trip, and I enjoyed the reading more than the shopping! Its very graphic at parts, and the ending made me cry. Great book!
Date published: 2009-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic and Disturbing This is the diary of an anonymous person. Names have been changed or blacked out entirely. Places and dates are also irrelevant. I get the sense that it takes place in the late 60s but I can’t be too sure. This book was published over 30 years ago, but who knows just how long ago it was written. This young girl starts writing a diary shortly before her 15th birthday. She’s quiet, shy, and unpopular. She keeps to herself, gets good grades, and loves to read. Shortly into the school year after her birthday she has a conversation with her classmate that leads to an invitation to a party. She’s so ecstatic about being noticed that she starts planning what to wear. It seems like it’s a brand new start and she’s happy. At the party, bottles of coke are handed out to everyone. Little does she know, 10 of the bottles are laced with LSD. She drinks one of the 10. It’s not long before she feels the effects. She’s euphoric, elated, and all inhibitions are down. She feels fantastic and her high lasts throughout the night. Once she comes off her buzz she questions what happened. She is told about the drugs and she starts thinking. This is so uncharacteristic of her so she’s glad that she was tricked. It’s not something she would have done willingly, but everything worked out so she has no regrets. She liked the feeling of her high but she knows she’ll never do it again. She does start to ponder some other drugs though, figuring it’s OK to try things once. From here on in, it’s a downward spiral. She falls in with the wrong crowds, she runs away from home and her life becomes a race to find the next fix. She takes uppers for energy, downers for relaxation, and sleeping pills or tranquilizers to sleep. Keep in mind, the diary is written from her 15th to her 17th birthday. It seems as though things can’t possibly get any worse for her but they always do. I was so completely shocked at the life of this young girl! How could she do all this to herself? She writes of being raped the way I would write of eating mashed potatoes. It’s just another common occurrence in life. I suppose this is how things were in the 60s. Fighting the establishment and living life on love and happiness, which translates to acid and pot, or any other drug. Even when she decides to quit, it’s still a struggle and you find yourself questioning her motives. You begin to have faith in the young girl but just because she’s able to say no doesn’t make her life any easier. All of the people at her school hate her. The good crowd hates her because she used to be bad, the bad crowd hates her because she’s turned good. She just can’t win. Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/01/14/go-ask-alice/
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow! Although this book had something to do about drugs, it was quite realistic and mysterious, i give it thumbs up because it talks about the dowfall and scarinness of drugs. It reall freaked me out and not that i needed it pushes me forward into the anti drug life i mean hey, why be addicted to drugs when you can be addicte to chocolate--or reading (:
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affecting Honest and true to form, a definite must read for all teens. I will have this on my bookshelf for my future children to learn from. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. My best friend recommended this book to me just a few days ago. I bought it tonight and couldn't put it down till I was done. It was fascinating and fantastic. I can relate to the girl in the book as I've been through many of the same things. It was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2008-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice This book was amazing!!! I cant believe a young girl went thro this!!! I recommeded it to all of my friends, and family..And they loved it tooo!!! Thats how awesome this book is!!! It honestly is shocking, and scary, but amazing!!!
Date published: 2008-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teen rebellion and drugs Alice, starts off as a fifteen year old girl when she visits her grandparents in a small town for the summer. Not knowing what she got herself into when she attended a party, they tricked her into taking drugs. The diary of Alice explains the struggle with drug addiction. As she turns sixteen, she gets into more trouble than she anticipated. Having runaway more than a few times, her family supports her and loves her. The ending is tragic and sad. Her parents have lost a daughter, her boyfriend must feel awful and her family is torn by her death.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice I picked this book up just because I needed something to read, but it wasn't that bad.
Date published: 2008-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow. this book is my reason for never trying drugs. incredibly interesting.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an amazing, gripping, and haunting story. It's horrible that it should happen, and it's even worse that it's true. This teen's diary definitely deserves to be widely read.
Date published: 2008-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Story With A Very Stong message. I really liked this book, i am going to highschool next fall and i am scarred straight. Dont do drugs, run away from home no questions asked, end of story all teens 13 and up should read this. And learn the easy way before you try drugs and learn the hard way. Shouldn't be read by younger kids under 13 because it has some sexual content and serious matters.
Date published: 2008-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! I read this awhile back, and I find it's an amazing book for teens and young adults alike to read. It teaches every one the true horrors of drug addictions. It is a must read!
Date published: 2008-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not particularly engaging The book was interesting with its diary format and it was such a short read. The book is touted as being so good and so amazing for teenagers, but I just didn't get that. Perhaps I've read worse accounts, so this one didn't phase me much.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Ask Alice Go Ask Alice is a great book that talks about a simple happy girl's life turning into a complete nightmare when she turns and does drugs. She then has to face the difficultes of living in a lie. Losing her family, friend and herself, read and learn her great adventure into the sad life of a drug addicted.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from haunting. this was a pretty good book. . . but i got so paranoid thinking about who wrote it. . . now i think it's the most terrifying book ever .
Date published: 2007-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I'm actually 14, and I read this book for fun, not knowing how touching it is and real. I absolutely loved this book and I highly recomend it teens. Its great.
Date published: 2007-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful, heartbreaking novel This book took my mind places where it has never travelled before. Once you think that it is finally getting better it is actually getting worse. This is an eye opening novel about drugs and how they take a hold of you and control your life. This book has many twists and turns and the ending is.... well i can't tell you how the ending is. The book was a wonderful piece of litterature that shook me to the core. If you don't mind books that make you feel empty after reading it and thinking a lot about it then pick up go ask alice, find a quiet place to read and you won't be able to put the book down. This was one of my favorite books. I never really liked books like this but when i read go ask alice I couldn't put it down. Even if this is not the type of book you read, I'm sure you'll love it as I did.
Date published: 2007-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amaseing this book was one of the greatest i have every read i incourage people to read this book it give you so much insight on the world of drugs, it was a book that has the hard truth in the perfect way and all i can say is i feel for the person who have to lives though that
Date published: 2007-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eye opening book This book is by far the best I've ever read. It makes you understand a druggy's point of view on the world and makes you think twice about taking drugs. This book has changes my whole percpective on drugs - I recomend it to people who take drugs and want to get out of it! Good book i give it 1- on 10. Hope you enjoy!
Date published: 2007-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye Opening "Go Ask Alice" is a great book for anyone to read, especially high school students. It is a first person diary written by a teenage girl, in her first year of high school. I think her diary represented her life struggles and difficulties because at times it was the only thing she had to turn to and confide in. While she struggles for acceptance at a new school she finds herself stuck in the world of drugs, with no one to trust. She realizes that the choices she made have not only affected and ruined her life, but also the lives of her family.
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I finished it in a day it was so good. Although it doesn't offer any solutions it still is good to tell you that drugs are simply horrible. A must have and a great book.
Date published: 2007-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Amazing I read "Go Ask Alice" and was amazed by the work. Who ever the author was, was amazing! It really opened my eyes about the world of drugs. I've read it twice and will probably read again fairly soon.
Date published: 2007-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have This is a must have for all readers! Best book ever. So dramatic, but true.
Date published: 2007-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMASING! this book was simplie AMAZING! i never read something like this! it tells you everything you need to know about the horrors in the world of drugs. it's simplie a must read book! it could change your life!
Date published: 2007-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a life changing experiance This was the firt book i had ever read about drugs, at first i thought that drugs were just a thing to make you feel good and that i would try them one and then never try them again. but this book changed my whole thought on drugs, and the world you enter when you first try. THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK I ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO READ IT, YOULL NEVER PUT IT DOWN
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For everyone I first read this book when i was 13 or 14 and now i'm 29. I have read it quite a few times in fact, and loved it everytime. When i first read it i truly related to the book because i was just like alice if not worse. This read is for all ages young and old a must for young girls who may be choosing the wrong path. And for the parents who think there child is starting to stray. I'm not sure if this is alredy happening or not but this book should be read in all high schools and be talked about freely. This book i highly reccomend to everyone you will enjoy it cover to cover and not be able to put it down no many times you have already read it.
Date published: 2006-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Of Choice My friend recommended I read the novel ‘Go Ask Alice’. After telling me a summary of the plot line I was hooked and couldn’t wait to go buy the novel. Once I began reading I did not want to stop, and didn’t. This novel captivated me and brought me into Alice's world. At times I would wish that I could go and help her, but then I would remember that there is nothing I can do but watch helplessly from the sidelines. It is not just some teenage novel where everything is blown out of proportion and exaggerated until it seams unreal. It is a true story, as factual as one can be, taken from the pages of a diary. You can relate to the main character through her thoughts and emotions, everything seems real. The story ends with a shocking epilogue that will leave you thinking about the novel for many days after you finish reading. This is the best book I have ever read and maybe the best book I will ever read. I even had to hide the book because every time I would see it I just wanted to stop what I was doing and read it over again. I would recommend this novel to everyone. It is an excellent read with a strong message.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing Great! I picked up this book at school and couldnt believe how much of it reminded me of my friends and I. We were all falling in to the whole as Alice did, but one difference is we made it out, which Alice didnt. This book woke up alot of us. We had the loving parents, and the hard drugs and sexual problems, and the getting paid for sex. But we got out of the getting paid for sex. And mostly got stuck with the drugs. But once we seen we werent the only ones from this great book, we soon changed and go ourselfs help before it was to late. Now we are all happy and recoved with great boyfriends and still with the loving parents who stuck by is 100% of the time. Great book!!! Read it!
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring !!!! This book deserves the best rating available on this site. I remember reading this book almost 6 years ago in highschool. After picking it up again at Chapters, I realised why i loved this book so many years ago. You get emotionally involved with "Alice". You begin to wonder how many young many feel the way she did? This book could possibly even save lives with its inspiring insights at a young girls life.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for teenagers and parents I have never had a better book to describe not being able to put it down. From the moment I picked up this book, I dissolved into "Alice's" world. Her painful teenage story of peer pressure, family issues, body image, drugs, alcohol, sex and acceptance. In this true story, "Alice's" story will change your life, and should be read by everyone. By the end, you will feel as if you really do know "Alice" yourself , and maybe see a bit of you in her. The only thing I regret is not picking it up sooner.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one of the best books I've ever read (and I've read alot of books). It fills you with emotion and you almost feel like "Alice" herself you get so into this book it took me like 2 hours to read it, it was so good.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from " intensely breath taking" Go ask alice is a book of friendship trsut and hope. it is a stroy of a Girl in her teens trying to figure out life. She is going through peer perrsure, influence through friends, drugs, sex and more. She has a loving family at home and an amzing best friend whom she can tell anything to, named chris. They go to party's leave there homes, have sex, do drugs and even figure out where they really belong. Go ask alice is based on a true story of a fifteen year olds diary. It is a breath taking book with so many intense moments that you will never forget. I hope you take my word on it, by reading this incredibale jorney of a young girls crazy life. (i still can't understand why this hasen't won a newberry... award because its amazing) Anyways thank you for your time and i hope you enjoy it has much as i did.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS BEYOND BELIEF This book was quite amazing, with the different thrills of each chapter, I couldn’t stop reading this, even when i was in the waiting room at my dentist! With a deceiving ending that put me in shock that i am not surprised that the author actually did what he or she did by ending the book. I call this book fabulous beyond belief because it truly is. I totally taught me how drugs can take over your entire life, with all her crazy massive drugs trips. I never knew how much they (drugs) could take over your life and all the weird things that can happen to you and around you. It’s as if Alice takes you into this world full of sex, drugs and rock n roll and you experience everything she does. It is a really cool book and I recommend that you read it
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring book If you're looking for a book that you just can't put down, here's the one you should choose. Go Ask Alice is a real diary of a young teenage girl who goes through a series of tough events that opens your eyes to real life problems, and the effects of drugs on everyday people’s lives. This book wasn’t written to be published, and shouldn’t win an award for its outstanding writing abilities, because it’s simply a diary. For the way it was written, you get a real clear picture on how she’s experiencing everything, and puts a Kodak moment in your head. Her descriptions of the abuse drugs do to her life made me literally say, Ew, that’s so disgusting and opened my eyes to never doing drugs. I knew that already, but this book helped me realize how easy regular grade A students can easily get addicted, and the abuse drugs have on millions of peoples lives.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Teenager Must Read! This story is nothing short of an eye opener. It is definately a must read for every teenager no matter where they are on the social spectrum. It details things that you cannot image, things that are not spoken about in regular conversation. What makes it even more interesting is that it is a true story, that may change the way you see the world. It is a light read, just under 200 pages. Once you begin, you'll read it cover to cover, not wanting to put it down. I strongly recommend this story of a young girl to everyone.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it and couldn't put it down!!!!! I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down and it taught me what could happen if you do drugs. This book is an intense and heart breaking story about life and what can happen if you don't know what you are doing and who to turn to. I have learned a lot through this book and I would totally recommend it to anyone looking for some advice and a good read.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great WOW. this is the best book i have ever read. it brings you to understand a whole new level in life and how much you need to live today and not in the past.and how you should never EVER let something like drugs take over your life like that.because you only have one life and it is up to you how you live it.it gave me more reasons to never even try drugs and i hope many others get that from this book as well.
Date published: 2006-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT This book had me staying up all night reading, although it has a slow beginning once you get started its almost impossible to put down. Alice takes you inside her world of drugs, sex, and bad trips that lead her to the streets. This book realy takes a hold of you!
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD STUFF This is a wonderful book...tells us about a girl who got herself into drugs, and it tells us what drugs can do to you, or anyone. Even though we'll never know who it happened to, that doesn't matter. What matters is that teens know what happens if you get yourself involved with drugs. To the family this happened to, and to all those that it also happend to..GOD BLESS!
Date published: 2006-01-02

Bookclub Guide

A Guide for Reading Groups GO ASK ALICE About This Book She doesn't want to get hooked on drugs. Every time after she uses, she feels guilty and low and vows to stay away. But she just can't resist the way the drugs make her feel -- beautiful and popular and connected to the world around her. And since nobody understands how alone and miserable she is without the drugs, how can they possibly understand how much she needs them? We may not know her name, but we can imagine how she feels as her diary records a descent into drug-induced madness. Discussion Questions 1. Every time the main character has something important happen in her life -- a summer with her grandparents, her family's move, an invitation to a big party, etc -- she focuses on her weight and wardrobe. Does this help her fit in and make friends? Is it good for her? Are there any connections between this and the things that happen to her later? 2. As her family prepares to move, the narrator says, "Even now I'm not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I've gotten from books." Do you understand what she means by this? As time passes, what else does she use to define who she is? What are some other (possibly better) things that you can use to create an identity for yourself? 3. The main character does not feel like she fits in with her other family members, nor does she belong to any group at school. What causes her to feel so separated and different? Do these reasons change throughout the course of the story? Do you think she really is as odd as she feels? 4. How does the writer get along with the other members of her family? Do her parents understand her? Is her relationship with her mother unusual for a teenage girl? 5. "Anonymous" makes friends at different times throughout the book, but none of them are in her life for very long. Why do the different friendships end? What does each person -- Jill, Gerta, Beth, Chris, etc -- mean to the writer? Is she a good friend to each of them? Who do you think is the best friend to have? 6. Do you think that the narrator's life is really as horrible as she makes it out to be? Do you know of people who have it worse than she does? Where else, besides drugs, could she have turned to solve her problems? 7. The main character spends a lot of time justifying her actions -- she only sells drugs to kids who would buy them anyway, she didn't realize she was dropping acid the first time, etc. What are some of her other excuses? Does she really believe all of these? Do you think any of her actions are justified? 8. Why is it so hard for her to remain clean? Why do her former friends give her such a hard time? Is there anyone who helps her go straight? Would it be that hard to switch crowds at your school? 9. The second time the writer runs away from home, the tone and style of her diary entries change radically. What are some of these changes? Why do you think her writing style changes during this time? 10. Why is the author so obsessed with death, and with what happens to bodies after they are buried? Do you think these thoughts affect the acid trip that lands her in the hospital? 11. How do you feel about the ending of the book? Does it fit with the rest of the story? 12. There has been some debate about the authorship of this book, with many people saying that it is not an actual diary but is instead a fictionalized account created by an editor or another writer. Who do you think wrote the book? Does the author understand what it's like to be a teenager and address the problems that young people have? Does it change the way you feel about the book to think that it might not be a true story? 13. Go Ask Alice was written over 30 years ago -- is it still relevant today? How has life changed for people your age? What things are the same? Activities 1. Most communities have a helpline that people can call when they feel like they have nobody to talk to. After completing some training, you may be able to work at such a helpline. Check into opportunities and consider volunteering. Or talk to your school officials about starting some sort of peer counseling group at your school. You can help others just by listening to their stories. 2. Choose your favorite scene from the book and rewrite it using modern language. Make it sound like something that you might write in a diary. 3. Go Ask Alice was written in the 1970's, a decade with a very unique sense of style. There are several books with 70's-style crafts -- macramé, string art, clothing items, etc. Make your own 1970's project to wear or use as decoration. 4. The narrator tries to change her image several times throughout the story. Figure out how you could change your image, even for a day, and see how it works. Consider changing your clothes, your hairstyle, the people you hang out with, or your attitude toward school. See if you have as much trouble changing as the character does in the story. 5. In the book, the main character talks about how drugs make her feel more connected, both to other people and to the world that she lives in. Find something that makes you feel like you belong and make it a part of your life. Perhaps you can do some charitable work, start a book club, paint, or chat online. Be creative! 6. There have been other books that deal with teenagers and drugs, most notably Crank by Ellen Hopkins and Smack by Melvin Burgess. Read one or more of these books and compare them to Go Ask Alice. This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers * SimonSaysTEACH.com

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal An important book, this deserves as wide a readership as libraries can give it.