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Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice is a 1971 novel about the life of a troubled teenage girl. It is written by Beatrice Sparks in the form of the diary of an anonymous teenage girl who becomes addicted to drugs. The diarist's name is never given in the book. The novel's title was taken from a line in the 1967 Grace Slick-penned Jefferson Airplane song "White Rabbit" ("go ask Alice/when she's ten feet tall"), which is itself a reference to a scene in Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures In Wonderland where Alice eats a cookie that makes her grow large. Go Ask Alice is presented as an anti-drug testimonial.

Claimed to be taken from an actual diary, the story caused a sensation when published, and remained in print as of 2014. Revelations about the book's origin cast doubt on its authenticity and factual accounts, and the publishers have listed it as a work of fiction since at least the mid-late 1980s.

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Reply Patty190 days ago

Trite, sexist, homophobic teen fiction that presents itself as factual. Alice is a bit of fluff with housewife aspirations and no agency whatsoever. Even the hallucinogens she receives without her consent (agency?) cannot save her from being a dullard.

Reply Lita Alvarez565 days ago

Dude I love this book

Reply kim652 days ago


Not a book i would recommend. It is similar too a million little pieces in the way that they are both about a person's fight against drugs and alcohol, But I would never compare the two books. A million little pieces is on a much higher caliber then GAA

Reply Dan809 days ago

Read this in middle school and loved it! It made me feel like i was experiencing this drug-obsessed life with out ever really falling into that downward spiral. I wanted to read it because I thought it was info I shouldn't be reading but I learned so much

Reply Hannah:)1071 days ago

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER! It really teaches you that u dont need that crap in your life and to think possitive or go down.

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