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 The only people I recommend it to are those that fully enjoy outdated PSA materials!
Supposedly this book was based on a real diary of one of the author's patients, but that remains unconfirmed. The story follows the diary of a nameless young girl and her journey experimenting with drugs. It only took me a day to read, since it's both short and very interesting. The diary format works well in that it really allows you to enter the world of the narrator in a way that is difficult to do in other formats. I think every young teenager should read … more
I was given this book by my mother; an original copy that she had from the 70's. I'm more of a modern reader, so I was hesitant. There is no other way to put it, except for that the book completely sucked me in. It deals with a painful reality, something that many of us are never directly exposed to in our lifetime, and will never take the chance to understand. A verbatim true diary of a young girl growing up in the age of drugs, this … more
This was a very interesting book and everything was based on a true story. This book follows the life of a young girl through her teenage years and through all her obstacles and hardship. I read this book when i was a teenager in high school and a lot of the stuff written in the book i can relate to because of where i was in life at the time. That was one of the main reasons it was such a good read, and i am sure many others teenagers like me will find this book a great read as well … more