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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epickles12 said...
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!
TheUnknownGuest replied...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 8:51 pm
The Ellen Hopkins books are pretty good. They deal with the same things (kind of). They are really big books but really quick to read because they are in poem form.... Well more like concrete poems I guess. The books are called, Crank, Burned, Glass, Impulse, Identical, and Tricks. Only Crank and Glass are together.... the others are just simular to each other. Let me know if you read them and what you think of them!
hiddenpoet replied...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm
I read Crank, Glass, and Tricks. They were powerful, but amazing. I want to read the other three still: Burned, Impulse, and Identical
TheUnknownGuest replied...
Jun. 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm
You should!! They are really amazing!
Smiley22 said...
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 happe... (more »)
mwlae09 said...
Oct. 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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.
*love*me* said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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
unearthlyhaphazard said...
Jul. 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm
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.).
Maryann K. said...
Jun. 10, 2009 at 4:28 am
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.
lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm
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 said...
May 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Great book!
vampluv11 said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm
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...
Mar. 17, 2009 at 3:24 am
I was in the play :D
The book is awesome too!
Great review!
DeAnWiNcHeStEr♥ said...
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.
Jenny replied...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 12:18 am
it is not the same author whose name is ellen hopkins by the way this book is over 25 years old and for all of you who say it is not actually a dairy is wrong it is and the dairy was written well over 35 years ago vocabulary was different back then so thats why it doesnt always sound like a kids writting great review
Isaac C. said...
Mar. 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm
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...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm
i loved this book. you did an amazing jod writing this review!!
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