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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Families can use this book to open up serious conversation with their kids about sex and teen pregnancy. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas.
Friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and strong parental involvement are all featured here.
Positive Role Models
Teens will find it easy to relate to Alice who is having trouble figuring out who she is -- or feeling like herself.
Violence & Scariness
A family's dryer catches fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A girl reveals she is sexually active and pregnant. Another girl wears a low-cut top and push-up bra; her breasts are discussed. A couple of teens make out. Also, Alice is a member of her school's gay-straight alliance and attends meetings where the kids do stuff like discuss the word "queer" and make plans for future events.
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Products & Purchases
The author refers to Starbucks.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this installment of the long-running series includes a plot point about Alice's friend who is both sexually active and pregnant. Her pregnancy is handled with real emotion: disbelief, horror, despair, panic, and realistic adult intervention. Other than that, there are some light making out/kissing scenes. Another girl discovers the wonders of a push-up bra. Also, Alice is a member of her school's gay-straight alliance and attends meetings where the kids do stuff like discuss the word "queer" and make plans for future events.
Is It Any Good?
ALMOST ALICE is a great addition to Phyllis Naylor's Alice series. Picking up in the second semester of 11th grade, Alice wonders who she is outside of being the best of best friends. Naylor captures the confusing time in teens' lives when it feels as if everything around them is changing -- including the way they see themselves. She also adds a healthy amount of humor. When a teen girl's house catches fire, concern quickly turns into hilarious embarrassment as firefighters discover the cause of the fire: her much-loved, secondhand, rubber push-up bra.
Naylor also takes a serious turn of events -- an unplanned pregnancy -- with real emotion: disbelief, horror, despair, panic, and realistic adult intervention. With so many books about teen sex and pregnancy these days, it's a welcome dose of realism. The novel moves at a great pace that will keep readers turning pages, but things end far too neatly and in a very after-school-special way.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.