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Parents' Guide to

Almost Alice

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.

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Alice Series

Because this series extends over such a long period of the main character's life, parents need to be cautious which book in the series their kids are reading and when. My 10-year-old daughter discovered the "prequel" books (when Alice is in elementary school)and liked them. I thought they were fine, but she quickly read along into the older Alice books and I was shocked to pick one up one day to discover Alice had turned 16 and was considering having sex with her boyfriend! Not a negative about the books themselves, but definitely something to be aware of if your child is preteen.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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.

Book Details

  • Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: June 17, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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