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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Go Ask Alice (original 1971; edition 2005)

by Anonymous

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Title:Go Ask Alice
Info:Simon Pulse (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 224 pages
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Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (1971)

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Very quick, easy read, but kind of stupid. Definitely not a real diary (who would be able to keep their diary with them while strung out and homeless??)

Also, ending kind of stupid.

This was just an attempt from the Beatrice author to have kids read to point out that they're "not alone" in their insecure teenage thoughts and to talk to their parents or others.

Could have been a lot better. a bit disappointing ( )
  GettinBetter | Jun 27, 2016 |
I may have rated this higher if it hadn't been marketed as a "true account". Far-fetched and came off more as bad anti-drug propaganda, then a through full account of the horrors of substance-abuse and addiction. ( )
  BrittanyLyn | Jun 22, 2016 |
Before I read go ask Alice I read letting Ana go, now I know ones about drugs and the other is about anorexia but personally I liked letting Ana go a lot better than go ask Alice. However I cannot wait to read Lucy in the sky and jays journal! ( )
  bethanyrenee13 | May 13, 2016 |
In the 22nd Century, the Earth is ruled by the "New Men", humans with superhuman mental abilities, who share power with "Unusuals" that possess psionic abilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis and precognition. (In its use of psionic abilities as a major plot element, this work is similar to Ubik.) To fight them, Thors Provoni has gone deep into space to find help. He is returning with a sentient protoplasmic alien being, a "Friend from Frolix 8", (known as Morgo Rahn Wilc) to fight for the "Old Men" (non-telepathic humanity, also incapable of enhanced cognitive abilities).

Against this background, Nick Appleton (an Old Man) and Willis Gram (an Unusual) are political rivals. Initially compliant to the "New Men"/"Unusual" regime, Appleton's son Bobby fails a Civil Service examination which is deliberately geared toward failing "Old Man" applicants. At the same time, Terran authorities are holding "Under Man" activist Cordon imprisoned, preparing for his execution.

Appleton becomes politicised, and falls for Charlotte ("Charley") Boyer, a sixteen year old subversive. She is involved with alcoholic Denny (in this future, alcohol prohibition has apparently returned as a social policy). After the authorities discover that Appleton has become 'subversive,' they attempt to apprehend him and Charley, whom Willis Gram is also obsessed with.

Meanwhile, Thors Provoni's craft has eluded Terran fleet defences and is rapidly nearing Earth, leading to paranoid fears from the erstwhile governing elite about the possibility of violent alien invasion. In the event, Provoni does land, but Morgo Rahn Wilc protects him from an assassination attempt. Provoni is actually a "New Man" and an "Unusual" at the same time himself, and with the assistance of his alien companion, he strips all Unusuals of their psionic abilities, and all New Men of their advanced cognitive abilities, rendering the New Men intellectually disabled and only capable of childlike cognition
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I read this book when I was fifteen. I don’t care whether it’s fact or fiction; I was engrossed.

A fifteen year old girl writes in her journal almost every day for a year about her spiral into a world of drugs. ( )
  jenn88 | Feb 14, 2016 |
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Sparks, Beatriceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beluffi, MaxAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campert, RemcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corsi, C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book pretends to be the diary of an anonymous teen in the sixties who becomes addicted to drugs. Actually it's a forgery, the work of Mormon psychologist Beatrice Sparks (and possibly others).
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The torture and hell of adolescence has rarely been captured as clearly as it is in this classic diary by an anonymous, addicted teen. Lonely, awkward, and under extreme pressure from her "perfect" parents, "Anonymous" swings madly between optimism and despair. When one of her new friends spikes her drink with LSD, this diarist begins a frightening journey into darkness. The drugs take the edge off her loneliness and self-hate, but they also turn her life into a nightmare of exalting highs and excruciating lows. Although there is still some question as to whether this diary is real or fictional, there is no question that it has made a profound impact on millions of readers during the more than 25 years it has been in print. Despite a few dated references to hippies and some expired slang, Go Ask Alice still offers a jolting chronicle of a teenager's life spinning out of control.

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A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

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