Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
Barnes & Noble
January 24th - After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs...
It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life.
Read her diary.
Enter her world.
You will never forget her.
For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.
I knew going in that "Anonymous" didn't actually write the diary entries; that Beatrice Sparks misrepresented herself and the book's origin. So I read it as a fictional novel.
There is NO way that a teenager speaks this way. Even if I hadn't known that this wasn't a true story, that would have been a dead giveaway.
Maybe it was controversial and shocking for its time, but there are much better books published now. If you want to read a compelling novel about drug abuse, try Ellen Hopkins' Crank trilogy, a fictionalized account of her daughter's experience.