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FREE E-PUB ë Go Ask Alice × 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 lifeRead her diary Enter her world You will never forget her Bwaaah So disappointing Some of my co workers were discussing this book at lunch one day, and I remembered being super curious about it when I was younger, but for some reason never got around to it Unfortunately for my enjoyment of the book, I did some digging before reading it I see on Goodreads that the author is not credited as Anonymous as it still is on the cover of the book , but Beatrice Sparks On the book, Sparks is listed as the editor, but a preface still states it is the real Bwaaah So disappointing Some of my co workers were discussing this book at lunch one day, and I remembered being super curious about it when I was younger, but for some reason never got around to it Unfortunately for my enjoyment of the book, I did some digging before reading it I see on Goodreads that the author is not credited as Anonymous as it still is on the cover of the book , but Beatrice Sparks On the book, Sparks is listed as the editor, but a preface still states it is the real diary of a real teenager Now there are three possibilities here, 1 Sparks has the most depressing job ever, surrounding by teens facing fatal distasters, but always keeping a diary about it, 2 Sparks stalks especially literate high risk children across the country, 3 Sparks totally made it all up Go Ask Alice is one of about seven diaries of anonymous teenagers edited by Sparks with Jay s Journal even having the same cover, but with a boy instead , who also is apparently a Mormon youth counselor SO, unsurprisingly, there s a bit of an agenda going on, with the plot lines seeming a little to hyperbolic and a pretty obvious anti hippie free love vibe throughout the book and a bizarre and troubling underlying theme of drug use causing homosexual desires and behavior, which is later regretted and seen as intensely shameful and dirty So, if the events of the book are not true, it robs it of the punch at the end of the book But maybe if it s written really well, it would be redeeming Sadly, no This is a book written by an adult, I suppose, trying to sound like a teenager Apparently, teenagers use the phrasing I do, I really, truly do , I want to, I would really, really, want to , a LOT, as well as an excrutiating number of sacchrine adjectives and adverbs along the lines of Daddy is such a lovely, sweet, caring, lovely, lovely Daddy Ugh.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 didn t have a problem with her characterization, however, since a kid would likely have self esteem issues in order to be tempted into the lifestyle that she had Also, this is supposed to be a diary, where someone would reveal their thoughts, fears, and flaws, without really trying to defend themselves I can t imagine a diary that I wrote in middle school would be free of weakness or self absorption.I suppose there was an underlying noble cause in wanting to scare kids off drugs motivating the creation of this book, so it has some sort of value But at least from my experience, kids read this book and were freaked out in around 5th grade, a while before they would even have an interest in drugs contrary to Go Ask Alice, 10 year olds do not generally sell LSD to elementary school kids in upper middle class suburban neighborhoods Once kids got to the age where they would be tempted to use drugs, the scariness of the book had faded, and it wasof a hey, remember that crazy book we read when we were little The unrealistically exaggerated plot lines also probably distances kids from relating the diarist s lessons to their own lives.I guess what I m getting at is the hoax in authorship robs the book of the punch delivered in the epilogue which is itself given away by reading the summary on the back of the book, amateurs , which would be the only poignant jarring aspect of the book The rest is simply drug scare tactics written poorly If you don t have authenticity to rely on, you need something else to carry your book i read this in high school and went oh my godi m never doing acid and then went how can anyone pretend this is a real diary and then ate lsd laced peanuts, locked myself in a closet, pulled out all of my hair and woke up three weeks later in a hospital bed what happened crap crap crapthis book is crap plotline 1 i m a good girl2 i m going to a partywith boyshaha3 i ll have a beer4 i might as well try a joint5 cocaine is awesome what a fun fun double fun night 6 ls i read this in high school and went oh my godi m never doing acid and then went how can anyone pretend this is a real diary and then ate lsd laced peanuts, locked myself in a closet, pulled out all of my hair and woke up three weeks later in a hospital bed what happened crap crap crapthis book is crap plotline 1 i m a good girl2 i m going to a partywith boyshaha3 i ll have a beer4 i might as well try a joint5 cocaine is awesome what a fun fun double fun night 6 lsd san francisco rape lsd i m hungry7 mom dad take me back 8 relapse9.i m never doing drugs again10 the subject of this book died three weeks after her decision not to keep another diary so yeah, fake people don t turn into junkies an hour after their first beer american youth, don t fall for this hoo ha its funny how uptight people have gotten about this review its the only book that s managed multiple its for the betterment of our youth comments a i didn t miss the anti drug sentiments b is fearmongering the best way we can come up with to keep kids from becoming drug addicts that makes me sad inside It s hard for me to write this review because I don t really know where to begin.Basically whether you believe this is fiction or not that should not matter If you believe this story is too far fetched to be true, then I must say that you are absolutely wrong, because my recovering drug addicted sister is Alice , I am the innocent Alex , and our family is the one that will always love her and always take her back Stories like this absolutely exist in real life My sister even started using It s hard for me to write this review because I don t really know where to begin.Basically whether you believe this is fiction or not that should not matter If you believe this story is too far fetched to be true, then I must say that you are absolutely wrong, because my recovering drug addicted sister is Alice , I am the innocent Alex , and our family is the one that will always love her and always take her back Stories like this absolutely exist in real life My sister even started using at the same age as Alice so stuff like this does happen, even to good people.This book should not be looked at as anti drug propaganda but rather as a story of a true drug addict This book illustrates addiction perfectly, for the addict and for his or her family.A lot of the content is hard to stomach with the graphic imagery and language, but if you know an addict, or have one in your family, it is definitely what you can expect from people who revolve their life around drugs.The only reason I didn t give this book 5 stars is because I like lighter books so much better than the dark ones Nonetheless this book is very good if you choose to not be so shut off from the reality of this story This book is crap on its own But those of you old enough to remember the latter portion of the 70s might remember that Beatrice Sparks, the editor of Go Ask Alice, also edited a bunch of other alarmist books aimed at teens, all supposedly taken from teenagers diaries One was called Jay s Journal, and was purportedly about a teen who gets involved with Satanism and eventually commits suicide to escape the horror of it all.Even as a 12 year old, however, it was obvious to me that every si This book is crap on its own But those of you old enough to remember the latter portion of the 70s might remember that Beatrice Sparks, the editor of Go Ask Alice, also edited a bunch of other alarmist books aimed at teens, all supposedly taken from teenagers diaries One was called Jay s Journal, and was purportedly about a teen who gets involved with Satanism and eventually commits suicide to escape the horror of it all.Even as a 12 year old, however, it was obvious to me that every single one of these books was written by the same person Ms Sparks, presumably It s not as though you had to perform a sophisticated rhetorical analysis to see that the authors were the same there were all these stupid little tics in the writing common to all the books The one I happen to remember is that the author would repeat things three times and then put an exclamation point after them, as in, This evening was great great great I suppose it was her attempt to imitate unbridled teenage exuberance, or something Anyway, apart from the fact that this book is a fraud, it s also stupid Don t bother I will say that after reading the scene where our heroine drinks a Coke that someone has laced with LSD, whereupon she immediately starts on the road to JUNKIEDOM and DEATH, I was terrified to drink anything at a party