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Heavy-handed propaganda

  • Jun 16, 2010
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (AKA Beatrice Sparks) is a book that still bewilders me to this day. it's one of many of such books by Beatrice Sparks, but the most famous and popular. Others included themes of Satan worship and teen pregnancy, to name a few, as well as more different drug use.

Its message is not a bad one, but one gone about in all the wrong ways. This morality tale is heavy handed and as hard to swallow as a cyanide horse pill.

It would have honestly been a prodigiously better book if it was just written better. Am I to believe a teenage girl in the 70's writes the way this book was written in her personal diary? Am I to believe that a teenage girl, drug-addled or not, would fail to mention the normality of her life? Good chance of that!

Asides the fact of the blatant lie that it's a "true story", this book is frankly infuriating. I'm not a supporter of hard drugs; they're illegal for a reason. But many of the "Facts" about them in this book are simply untrue and were known to be at the time it was written. Lying to people about these sort of things is not the way to convince someone not to do them.

All in all, I'd never expose anyone young- its target audience- to this tripe. The only people I recommend it to are those that fully enjoy outdated PSA materials!

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October 24, 2010
I've fought banning books since before I could drive and Go Ask Alice was one of the many books I fought to keep on the shelves.  My side won the fight.  It was only later that I realized that the book was a quieter version of A Million Little Pieces (quieter because Ms. Sparks wasn't a maven of talk shows).  I was half mortified. 

The book was awful but what we were fighting was the act of banning the book.  I think even the idealist I was at the time would have sat out fighting for that book had I known it was a hoax.
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Quick Tip by . October 24, 2010
It claims to be a true story (and isn't) but even if it was, it is still a very badly written book.
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riveting. amazing.
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All parents should give this to their teens and/or pre-teens. It is enlightening.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
can't be more true
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
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The phoniest of bolognas!
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ISBN-10: 1416914633 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781416914631 (pbk.)
Author: Anonymous
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: December 27, 2005
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