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 story opened my mind and heart to those dealing with issues that I have never personally had to face. If you are looking for a powerful story, this is the one. My heart yearned for the girl; some parts bringing me to tears. Many readers may be turned off by the idea of such a difficult book, but it is a quick read, and surely enlightening. Some parts ARE hard to believe, but I could say the same thing about my own life. I accept the validity of this being a true story in the sense that not many teenage girls write about the normalities of their lives. As a diary keeper since the day I could write, I confidently say that normalities are reserved for the pre-teen years. As we grow up, we confide in our journals as a release, somewhere to house our pain; this is just as Alice has done. Even if the story were to be fiction, this type of character exists in our world. As a recent college graduate, I can testify to witnessing many events that parallel the happenings in this book.
I have lent it to 11 friends so far, all of whom fell in love with it. I personally have read it a few times over. It is a story that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. If you allow your mind to open while reading this book, you will find excitement, fear, pain, gratitude, hope and sadness.
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