She eventually begins doing heroin and is raped at a party. Go Ask Alice First paperback ed. Just think, would you want your young child exposed to this type of literature and have it possibly have an influence in their behaviors? Even before its publication, Go Ask Alice had racked up large advance orders of 18,000 copies. However, starting in the 1990s, the book began to draw criticism for its heavy-handedness, melodramatic style and inauthenticity, in view of the growing consciousness that it was fiction rather than a real teenager's diary see. Purportedly based on the real diary of a middle-class, nice teen girl who became a drug addict in the 1960s, this story is nothing short of harrowing -- and that's why it works.
As the girls have said, this is marketed as a work of non-fiction and if you buy into that the ending may change the way you feel about the entire book. There is an article by on the website for the to be very interesting. The sticky wicket is the drug activity. Do you think she really believes her excuses for her actions? That an individual goes through dark, horrifying and ugly times which can bring one to their lowest point. Not long after Go Ask Alice 's publication, Beatrice Sparks began making public appearances presenting herself as the book's editor. The memoirist's name is never given in the book.
The survey of 860 librarians in school systems around the country also found a sharp increase in the number of local critics. These specials would highlight some issue: drug abuse, drinking, bullying etc and would be quite riveting to my 11 year old mind. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 1995 ed. He had a play that he sent to a university to be produced. Her birthday is only five days apart from mine, that is a weird coincidence.
I really hoped she kicked the habit. A woman named Alice, who is a fellow addict, is mentioned briefly in the book. While reading Go Ask Alice, i've learned many new interesting things. The story is riveting -- even reluctant readers will devour it. For inquiries or comments , email amy2062853 maricopa. The story ends with tragedy.
At times I even felt like it glorified drug use in a way, or made it seem quite a lot of fun. But the big difference between Alice and a lot of other kids on drugs is that Alice kept a diary. She is doing well at school. It is fiction and it should be presented as such. Sparks said she had then transcribed the diaries, destroying parts of them in the process with the remaining portions locked in the publisher's vault and unavailable for review by Nilsen or other investigators , and added various fictional elements, including the overdose death. But you can do something—read her diary.
It starred Jamie Smith-Jackson, , , , , and. Questions about the book's authenticity and true authorship began to arise in the late 1970s, and it is now generally viewed as a work of fiction written by , a therapist and author who went on to write numerous other books purporting to be real diaries of troubled teenagers. She starts dating a drug dealer and sells drugs to grade-schoolers for him. Overwhelmed by her worries, the diarist begins to take sleeping pills, first stolen from her grandparents, then later prescribed by her doctor upon returning home. However, some adults who read the book as teens or have written that they paid little attention to the anti-drug message and instead related to the diarist's thoughts and emotions, or vicariously experienced the thrills of her rebellious behavior. Janeane Davis´s last blog post. This gives the reader an idea of what Alice is thinking and her feelings on what she is battling in her life.
Librarian Harolyn Legg 1993 , author of the journal article, Have we been quiet too long? In hindsight, commentators have suggested various motivations for the publishers to present Go Ask Alice as the work of an anonymous deceased teenager, such as avoiding literary criticism, lending validity to an otherwise improbable story, and stimulating young readers' interest by having the book's anti-drug advice come from a teenager rather than an adult. Thankfully, many organizations have taken a stand as well. Sparks later claimed that the book was based on a real diary she received from a real teenage girl, although this claim was never substantiated and the girl has never been identified see. She is doing well at school. The New York Times — Long Island Weekly. The frustration and sadness they must have gone through watching their daughter just waste away, then try to come back. It's title: Is Harry Potter Evil? There she bonds with a younger girl named Babbie, who has also been a drug addict and.
One reason this book should be banned is the use of vulgar language. She believed she finally had beautiful thoughts to shear. Obviously that is not really a good message to send out to impressionable young people. Many ways exist to ban books. It was on reading this book that I decided to start the Banned Booked Club, where we read one historically challenged book each month. The book I read Go Ask Alice by an anonymous author is all about problems, conflicts, and how to deal with them.