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All But Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

All But Alice (edition 2002)

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Series: Alice (4)

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Title:All But Alice
Authors:Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Info:Aladdin (2002), Paperback, 160 pages
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There are many things that young teenage girls want to be, and one of the biggest ones is to be “in”—to be one of the coveted few, the most popular, the most beautiful, while simultaneously dressing, acting, and thinking exactly like every other girl in the nation. In the winter of seventh grade, Alice McKinley wants just that. Her friend Pamela convinces her to join some clubs, most of which Alice couldn’t give a whit about. She gets her ears pierced, and Pamela welcomes her into the “Sisterhood of Women” with open arms, while their bodily self-conscious friend Elizabeth nearly faints with terror from the news, and anything else that has to do with the human body.

In her family, strange sorts of love are in the air. For her older brother Lester, it’s the problem of trying to decide between two girls, Marilyn and Crystal, without adding any more into the mix. On the other hand, their father is certainly keeping his budding romance with Miss Summers, Alice’s language arts teacher, on the down-low.

Alice thinks it’s her dream come true when she’s suddenly included in the Beautiful People group, a group of four girls and boys who are automatically paired together and silently receive the envy of everyone else in their grade. The trouble is, they don’t do ANYTHING. All they do is stand next to each other and laugh and tease and talk chitchat about nothing. How much is it really worth to be in the popular group if Alice can’t be herself anymore? ( )
  stephxsu | Jul 16, 2008 |
i LOVED the alice books growing up! i definitely recommend them to all girls around 9-10 and up, and the good news is that she's still writing them! so the series starts out when alice is in elementary school and now she's in high school! ( )
  jfoster_sf | Jun 3, 2008 |
Every single Alice book is AWESOME. This one is very funny! Alice learns to grow up and learn about... um... stuff... in the process! Ha ha! Great read! ( )
  PrincezzRyn | Aug 27, 2006 |
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To Laura and Rachel, the newest members of our family, with love
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What I've decided about life is this: If you don't have a mother, you need a sister.
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The key to surviving seventh grade, Alice figures, is fitting in -- getting her ears pierced like everyone else, dressing like everyone else, joining clubs like everyone else.

Suddenly, Alice finds herself part of the "in" group: a member of the All-Stars Fan Club and the earring club, and one of the Famous Eight. The trouble is, some of the stuff the "in" crowd does seems pretty dumb to Alice. And some of it seems downright boring. Can Alice be herself and still be one of the crowd?

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Seventh grader Alice decides that the only way to stave off personal and social disasters is to be part of the crowd, especially the "in" crowd, no matter how boring and, potentially, difficult.

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