Book Review: Go Ask Alice

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GO ASK ALICE by Beatrice Sparks

Read from January 24 to 27, 2013

Rating: 2/5 stars

This has to be one of the darkest and gloomiest book I’ve read after Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. This tells the story of Alice, the narrator of the story, who recounts her journey with drugs and sex through her journal; and how she entirely lost her innocence, youth and entire life to those things.

I marked this as to-read way back in October 2011. Since then, I searched through bookstores and book sales hoping to find a copy of this one. I’ve heard great things about this young adult book and last January, I finally got around to reading it.

Maybe I expected too much from this. I have this thing with books in the form of journal entries that makes me so curious about reading them. That attribute just makes them so real and raw. It’s like what’s truly inside the writer’s mind has been poured on that book. No revisions. No editing. No proofreading. Just real emotions.

I find this book terribly awful. I thought I could somehow relate to the character because we’re both teens who go through similar things like changing preferences, curiosity about things, friendship dramas, family issues, budding adolescence and whatnot; but the more I read, the more I hated the book. Basically what we have here is a teen who doesn’t know what she wants and what she’s supposed to do with life. Well, we’re all like that at times but in her case, I think everything she did was plain stupid. She searched for things from people who are of no help, and in the end, she’s the loser. Alice lacked self-control, I must say.  On the other hand, this is an eye-opener to everyone and this helped me in killing the boredom during our Marketing class.

I recommend it to everyone who loves reading books about disturbed teens, drug and sex abuse. I know I sound so bitter about this book but let me just leave you with a wonderful quote from this book.

“Why is life so difficult? Why can’t we be just ourselves and have everyone accept us the way we are?” ― Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice