Friday 56 tells me to Go Ask Alice!

  • Friday, October 14, 2011

This week's Friday 56 leads me this book I picked up off the curb, Go Ask Alice which is - intriguingly - written anonymously.

To join Friday 56:

  • Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56.
  • Find any sentence that grabs you. (Yes, I cheat sometimes and put a little more than a sentence!) 
  •  Post it. 
  •  Add your (url) post in Freda's Voice Linky. 

Not too sure if I'm ready to delve into this one just yet. But here's the summary:

The torture and hell of adolescence has rarely been captured as clearly as it is in this classic diary by an anonymous, addicted teen. Lonely, awkward, and under extreme pressure from her "perfect" parents, "Anonymous" swings madly between optimism and despair. When one of her new friends spikes her drink with LSD, this diarist begins a frightening journey into darkness. The drugs take the edge off her loneliness and self-hate, but they also turn her life into a nightmare of exalting highs and excruciating lows. Although there is still some question as to whether this diary is real or fictional, there is no question that it has made a profound impact on millions of readers during the more than 25 years it has been in print. Despite a few dated references to hippies and some expired slang, Go Ask Alice still offers a jolting chronicle of a teenager's life spinning out of control.


  1. Oh, this one sounds like a page-turner. I do love books about addiction, especially when they show the addict's perspective.

    I like the way you showcased your p. 56...very impressive.


  2. Sounds maddening and yet wonderful.

  3. I read this book when I was still in grade school (a very long time ago) and it really had an impact on me. I read it again about 10 years ago and it's a bit dated, but I'm grateful for my dad making me read this before I hit junior high, because it really did scare me off "experimenting" with drugs. Well, that and Regina Morrow's instant death in the Sweet Valley High series, when she sorted cocaine for the first time and didn't know she had a heart condition and died.

  4. Hi!
    Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  5. Been a bit preoccupied lately, but comments despite the lateness!

    Laurel Rain-Snow - it's always interesting to get a first-person viewpoint. Have you read Anne Lamott's Imperfect Birds yet? (as for the showcasing of Friday 56, I have to thank!)

    Fredamans - doesn't it? I havent started it yet though ...

    Kate - reading this in grade school! Wow, your dad was one smart man. Sweet Valley High is a really good series - I got through quite a bit, but never read the book you mention

    Sherrie - thanks for dropping by!


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