Go Ask Alice

Book review by Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Authentic, tragic tale of teen drug addiction -- a classic.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 82 reviews

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age 15+

Just another cheesy scare tactic

Yes, the message is a good one but this is the kind of cheesy book where an adult tries to write from a teen’s perspective. This book would be assigned on the syllabus of a high school health class and all the students would laugh at it if they even bothered to read it. It is strangely written and it is so painfully obvious that it was only written to spook kids out of doing drugs. It’s stereotypical, laughable, and predictable.
age 12+

ABSORBED

I read this book at a very young age I was 9. I read everything and anything I could get my hands on at that time. I grew up in chaos and abuse. I think this story flipped a switch in my subconscience. I was a runaway due.to my home life and experienced things kids should not,. Yet , when I was addicted to drugs and alcohol I stayed the hell away from heroin. I know she divulges in more than that but, it's what I associated heroin with. The world is different from when I was growing up. I'm 42 now and I believe it's important to let your kids see the world for what it is and can be. I am grateful that my children did not become addicts in any sense. I was always open about the things I experienced. I gave them more than don't do it. For those who have a more sheltered family dynamic, I think this is even more of an important read. Educate yourselves and discuss the book

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