Go Ask Alice by Anonymous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

September 30, 2008
“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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soundingonlyatnightasyousleep This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Not a fan of this book. I like books that seem to have conciously been written. The raw diary format wears after a whole novel of it.
elizabethlong said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 1:05 am
Sounds awesome, i so want to read it. But if they had this required in high school kids would just make fun of it instead of taking it seriously.
kittykat96 replied...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm
I just finished reading this book for school and everyone in my class were pretty mature about it, so I guess it depends on the maturity level of the students in the class. Although I do know some kids who wouldn't take it seriously at all and would make fun of it.
ReplehSnatas This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Go Ask Alice, albeit allegedly based on a true story, is a work of fiction. You can find this in the copyrights. Therefore, the girl's "real" name is moot.

As far as the concept of it being required reading in high-school, the book focuses on every negative aspect of drug use, very obviously in an attempt to deter it's reader(s). This, like anything else, would only glorify the "forbidden" status of tripping.

goth_girl12 said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm
i remeber reading is book i could not put it down and i made my friend read it to 
sunshine7_25_11 replied...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm
did you feel like the book was in vivid veiw of her life?
 to me it came sooo real , and i wouldnt ever want to get into the type of crap..
lkk4209 said...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm
Actually her name isn't Alice, the narrator of this book has no name
brooke112345 said...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 8:27 am
I'm actaully in the process of reading this book. I thought it was a coincidence that this was on the cover. I really like this book so far.:D
melgar94 replied...
Apr. 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm
it was amazing right 
Shmelmo said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. book... it was really an eye-opener for me. The author of the journal describes everything in such a clear way... I would definitely recommend this.
Lillie M. said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 1:59 am
This was a great article reviewing a great book! But it's true, you never find out what the girl's name is, since she's the one writing the book. The title is a reference to Alice In Wonderland.
wordlover27 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm
It sounds like a really interesting book...I've heard about it before but I've never read it
minimuffins said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm
in the story, the girl's name isnt alice, dont let the title fool you. you don't know the name of her, and thats what's best about this book. the title comes from a Jefferson Airplane song, "Go Ask Alice" and also reverts back to the childhood tale of "Alice in Wonderland", which, surprisingly, is all about drugs told in a way children would like. anyway, you dont know the names of anyone in the book.
beautifulspirit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm
I liked your article---this book would have been great to read in school alongside A Separate Peace and Catcher in the Rye. I would say that this book set the tone---the expose if you will on how that need and desire to feel accepted by one's peers affects teenagers and adolescents. It's a confusing time and I believe this book will leave an unforgettable impression in someone's life.
Mjjames2016 said...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 9:34 am
My dad gave me this book when i was 11 years old, (My mom waas...you can get the picture) I loved reading your interpration of the book and the article was as gripping as the book.
greenwolf said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Personally I found this book to be too scare-tactic and not that gripping. I'm not sure if it's based on actual diaries as it claims. However, your review of it was good, if a little short and it made it seem a lot better then I personally thought it was.
carter123 replied...
Nov. 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!
gelle replied...
Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:39 am
I met the author of this book a few years ago.  It was actually done by the mother.  I am not sure if she wanted to be more anonymous or  if she felt it would be accepted more at that time by a father figure. Anyway, I got to visit with her.  She still, after those many years, could feel the pain of losing her daughter in such an awful way.  It was her desire that no other mother have to go through what she went through or any child go through what her daughter did. ... (more »)
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 27, 2011 at 10:53 am
I don't think it matters whether or not the book is real; it could be a true story & young people can still learn from it. It's a great book, & good review on it as well.
esthert said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:03 am
i don't think her name was alice...? the book is just called that. the main character is anonymous
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