A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn something about life in the present-day White House (including the presence of a chocolate shop!) and what it was like during Alice Roosevelt's time. Also, on the author's website, they'll find amazing curriculum materials to help them understand the book more deeply, including an annotated version of Alice's diary.
Along with Audrey, readers will learn valuable lessons about being brave, apologizing when you're wrong, and speaking your mind.
Positive Role Models
Audrey has a number of positive role models in the book, including a chef who tells her that "focusing on helping others almost always makes you feel better about your problems." Her mother, who's the President of the United States, apologizes to her for how she's made Audrey feel and eventually gives her more freedom.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Audrey and her crush Quint exchange some kisses, and she thinks her security team is "just going to have to get used to a little PDA on their watch." Audrey's a vocal supporter of gay people's right to marry.
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A few uses of "crap" and one "shizz."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alice Roosevelt smokes cigarettes and cigars -- and sneaks alcohol into "boring dinner parties at teetotaling houses" (though she never admits to drinking it). Audrey finds Alice's old cigarettes and considers smoking one of them but decides "being tobacco-free was important to me."
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Parents Need to Know
When Audrey Met Alice tells the tale of two first daughters, living in the White House more than 100 years apart. Audrey is the daughter of a fictitious present-day president; Alice is Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy. Readers will learn something about life in today's White House and what it was like during Alice's time. Both girls get in trouble for their antics as they rebel against their restricted lives: Alice Roosevelt smokes cigarettes and cigars and sneaks alcohol into parties; Audrey kisses the guy she has a crush on and says her Secret Service detail will just have to get used to the PDA. Besides her parents (her mom's the POTUS), Audrey encounters several positive role models in the book, one of whom tells her that "focusing on helping others almost always makes you feel better about your problems." Over the course of the story she learns about being brave, apologizing when she's wrong, and how to speak her mind. A few uses of "crap" and one "shizz."
Is It Any Good?
WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is well constructed, and readers will have an easy time moving between the two heroines' adventures 100 years apart. Historical-fiction fans will love the details about Alice Roosevelt's life described in her diary entries (her coming-out party, her diplomatic endeavors, and her never-ending antics). They'll also like getting an inside peek at today's White House.
Some readers may find Audrey a bit spoiled and dramatic. Alice, likewise, loves to act up by, for example, bringing her snake to parties in a purse. Even so, their similar problems of living a public life are easy to understand, and they ultimately both become more mature first daughters. Parents may want to encourage their kids to check out the author's website for additional materials, including an annotated version of Alice's fictional diary to see what was real and what wasn't.
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