Go Ask Alice

Anonymous

Summary

Go ask Alice is the diary of a 15 year old girl growing up in 1971, whose name was never mentioned. It starts out at the girl living in a small town with her family. She later moves to a bigger town and becomes an outcast at her new school. The girl then becomes friends with a girl named Beth. After Beth leaves for summer camp, the girl goes back to her hometown to stay with her grandparents. While staying with her grandparents the girl reunites with Jill, an old friend. Jill takes her to high school parties, where she is tricked into drinking a beverage laced with LSD. She continues to party with these people while willingly consuming more drugs. She ends up losing her virginity to a boy at one of the parties and thinks she may be pregnant. Being completely overwhelmed she starts taking her grandfather's sleeping pills, which she soon becomes addicted to. After returning home the girl meets a new friend, Chris. Chris and the girl decide to run away and pursue their idea of making their own boutique. Chris introduces her to heavier drugs and began selling them for two older, college boys, Richie and Ted. Richie and Ted pretend to be their boyfriends while the girls sell drugs for them. One day the girls walk in on the two boys high and having sex with each other. Horrified the girls ditch the boys and head to San Francisco. The new life style they have acquired will soon lead the girls to unspeakable places and life threatening situations that will change their lives for ever.

Between the drugs, boys, parties and insane asylums the story of this anonymous girl will leave a lasting impression of what life as a teenager in the 70s was like.

Review

I enjoyed this book very much. Go Ask Alice really surprised me with how popular the use of LSD was in the 70's, especially to young people. The fact that the main character was around my age made the situations she was in more realistic for me. The story was emotional and kept me on my toes. The reader never knew if the main character really gave up her addiction for good, or if she just had a brief moment of clarity. While reading, I felt emotionally invested in the struggles she was enduring. This is a very emotional story of a young girl who I felt had good intentions but just got caught up in the wrong crowd. I would recommend this book to any girl between the ages of 15 and 18. The story really put into perspective the struggles and temptations girls in the 70's might have faced, along with the truth about drug addiction. I was surprised by the actions of the main character in her desperate search for drugs or her "next high." This book is not challenging to read and keeps the reader interested throughout the entire story.

Favorite Passage

“I'm partly somebody else trying to fit in and say the right things and do the right thing and be in the right place and wear what everybody else is wearing. Sometimes I think we're all trying to be shadows of each other, trying to buy the same records and everything even if we don't like them. Kids are like robots, off an assembly line, and I don't want to be a robot!"

This is my favorite passage because it really explains the main characters point of view. The main character did not want to comform to her peer in the beginning. She wanted to be her own person instead of being like someone else, which I believe was the main idea throughout the whole story. In the story her point of view changed, and I t was because of "fitting in" that the main character ended up ruining her life with drugs.


White Rabbit By Jefferson Airplane

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all.

Go ask Alice, when she's 10 feet tall."

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hWWsfrfq69A