Go Ask Alice by Anonymous MAG

September 30, 2008
By Nicole Ruppert, Colorado Springs, CO

“This will be a good trip. Come on, relax, enjoy it.” This is how it started. Alice, once a shy, innocent girl, is sucked into the heartless world of drugs because of her need to be accepted. She did not plan for this to happen; she didn’t even know it was happening, but the people who drugged her drink unknowingly began the whirlpool that would soon trap Alice. The first culprit? A soda, laced with LSD.

Alice is a 15-year-old with long straight hair and a passion for the beauty of life. After that fateful day, however, her mood – whether wild, funny, happy, loving, depressed, or lonely – depends on drugs. Though drugs, or lack thereof, change Alice’s way of thinking, all she really wants is to be happy and loved; isn’t that what we all want?

After Alice is secretly drugged at a party, she awakens to the exciting adventure that life seems to have become. She starts experimenting with other hard drugs and begins to lose her sanity and grip on reality. Even after deciding to quit the drug scene, it seems as if the curse (which started as a game) will always be present in her life and ultimately cause her death.

I would recommend this book to teens and adults. I think it should be required reading in high schools. Since this is about a teen struggling with addiction and the social pressures of the drug world, it is a real eye-opener to anyone who is already struggling and for those who may be confronted with the option to use.

This book is extremely intense and opens the reader’s mind to the devastating effects of drugs. The main character describes her “trips” in such vivid and realistic detail that her story comes alive.


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autumn-briel said...
on Nov. 15 2009 at 4:48 pm
of course it was poor written it was a girls diary

autumn-briel said...
on Nov. 15 2009 at 4:47 pm
I read this book and it was one of the best books i ever read. It was poor written but that's because it was a girls diary. This was so sad but it needed to be told

on Nov. 15 2009 at 3:39 pm
patientkindbalancedfine BRONZE, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Things do not change; we change."

I personally did not like this book very much. I read it a few years ago, simply because 2 of my friends had read it and they said that the book was life-changing. I couldn't disagree more. Yes, the book does go deeper in describing the trips, but I felt that the book itself was generally poorly written.

on Nov. 15 2009 at 11:15 am
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
31 articles 6 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

Though the ending was somewhat disappointing, I loved this book! Loved the review as well.

epickles12 said...
on Oct. 24 2009 at 11:31 pm
I absolutely loved this book the first time I read it in 8th grade and then had to re-read it again this past year I'm now a sophmore in college! Its still great the second time! So i have a question: I'm not a big reader.. and have a hard time finding books I like -- any sugestions because I loved this book? thank you!

Smiley22 said...
on Oct. 24 2009 at 1:00 pm
I read this book in 7th grade (my friends suggested it) and I actually liked it. My mom saw me reading it once and said "That's a bad book, why are you reading THAT?" Even though she only heard about it from her friends when she was in school. This book teaches a really valuable lesson, and what irritates me is that a lot of people (my friends) don't understand it. They thought it was a good book about drugs and crap , and they never really acted like this actually happened to someone. This book really made me think about how cruel the world can be, you know? Great review! :)

mwlae09 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 24 2009 at 12:18 pm
mwlae09 BRONZE, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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I recently read this book, and I think your review is great. This is definitely not a book for the younger audience. But I agree that it should be a book that highschoolers are required to read. great review.

on Jul. 17 2009 at 10:31 pm
*cold*hearted* BRONZE, Dundee, New York
3 articles 1 photo 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"i am me and you are you, but don't try to be me"

I read this book like 7 times and everyone used to try to write about in a review and couldn't explain the way you did. Good job

on Jul. 17 2009 at 12:48 pm
unearthlyhaphazard GOLD, N/A, New York
15 articles 0 photos 177 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."~W. Somerset Maugham

I read this book, and it chilled me to the bone. Awesome review! I love it when you wrote," . . .all she really wants is to be happy and loved; isn’t that what we all want?" And DeAnWiNcHeStEra, yes it is similar to Ellen Hopkins' style (author of Burned, Impulse, etc.).

TrulySecrets said...
on Jun. 10 2009 at 4:28 am
TrulySecrets, West Linn, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"Being the freak that I am..." TrulySecrets

I think one of the saddest things about this is that in the begining, Alice was happy and it seemed like she could actually succeed in her goal if she tried. But then the plot just got sadder and sadder, and then abruptly happy again.

on Jun. 9 2009 at 7:15 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

I really enjoyed this book. It had me reading the whole thing in one night. "It Happened to Nancy" is similar to this. It is really good also

Lizzy12 GOLD said...
on May. 26 2009 at 3:40 pm
Lizzy12 GOLD, Palmyra, New York
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Favorite Quote:
<No one can make you feel inferior without your consent> Elenor Roosevelt

Great book!

vampluv11 GOLD said...
on Mar. 20 2009 at 2:59 pm
vampluv11 GOLD, Saugerties, New York
10 articles 1 photo 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go ask Alice.

i always pass this book in the bookstore, but never really seemed interested in it. now i'll pick it up next time! excellent review.

jbradford96 said...
on Mar. 17 2009 at 3:24 am
jbradford96, Kamuela, Hawaii
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I was in the play :D

The book is awesome too!

Great review!

on Mar. 9 2009 at 6:19 pm
i have not read this book, yet, it sounds interesting i know who the author is though, its the author of crank glass burned identical and impulse i have read all of those except for burned, but this book seems really good, like a wake up call for anyone that thinks they are cool for doing whatt ey do but really it isn't at least to me. i think i will give this book a try because i have likeed everything else this author has written.

on Mar. 2 2009 at 9:10 pm
Isaac Carnes BRONZE, Cave Junction, Oregon
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this book was simply amazing. i never wanted to once set it down.

it kind of slaps you in the face too. makes you open your eyes and whatnot.

good job on your review!

chrissy.bear said...
on Feb. 27 2009 at 5:40 pm
i loved this book. you did an amazing jod writing this review!!


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