Go Ask Alice ~ Anonymous
“Go Ask Alice” claims to be written by an anonymous individual on the book itself, but resources say it was written by Beatrice Sparks-an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books that were the “real diaries” of troubled teenagers. Typically her books focused on topical issues such as drug abuse, Satanism, and teenage pregnancy or AIDS. She was born in Goldburg, Idaho on January 15, 1918 and her life came to a conclusion May 25, 2012. Sparks began working with teenagers in 1955 after she graduated from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a music therapist at Utah State Mental Hospital and taught continuing education courses at BYU. This realistic fiction novel was published March 5, 1971. The difficulty of was average and extremely easy to follow along. This novel is about the life of a 15 year old troubled teenage girl, who's name remains anonymous, and is written in the form of her diary. She often writes about her thoughts and issues such as crushes, weight loss, her sexuality, being socially accepted, and difficulty with her parents. Her father is a college professor and accepts a teaching position at a new college, which requires them to move. She doesn’t have any friends at her new school and feels like an outcast, but one day makes friends with a girl named Beth. The anonymous girl moves back to her hometown during the summer and attends a party with her old friend Jill. There are drinks at the party laced with LSD and anonymous happens to have a spiked drink and has an intense trip in which she finds pleasurable. She continues to attend more parties, willingly uses more drugs, and happens to lose her virginity while on LSD. She later becomes overwhelmed by her pregnancy scare and her grandfathers heart attack. After summer concludes, she moves back to her new town and her friendship with Beth comes to an end. She meets a new friend, Chris, and they frequently use drugs together and...
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