3 May 2015

REVIEW: Go Ask Alice (Beatrice Sparks)

"Anonymity would be a fantastic umbrella. I don't like intrusion."
~ Sam Taylor-Johnson

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

This is one of the books that I wanted to read in 2015. Mission accomplished!

In the previous post I mentioned that I bought this book yesterday. I took it home and read all 213 pages in a single four-hour sitting. I liked it! It was a quick read with plenty of content and drama.
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Lots of people consider this book to be somewhat of a must-read. It's been long-renowned as an insightful glimpse into the world of adolescence and the world of drug abuse, and into the place where those two worlds meet.

Our protagonist is unnamed and known only as "Anonymous." (I think that's cool and creative!). She's a teenaged drug addict who's trying to figure out where to go from there. She learns how to handle dramatic friend fallouts and unhealthy relationships, as well as juggling the deaths of loved ones, along with running away from home and having sexual encounters . . . This list is not exhaustive.

For me, this book wasn't as wildly incredible as I had anticipated it to be, but I would be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy it. I like how the protagonist portrayed other characters through her diary entries, and I like how she channelled plot events through her writing. I think that many people misunderstand substance addiction if they haven't personally experienced it, and books like these help to destigmatize it.

My favourite part of the book was toward the end, when the protagonist finds herself injured and disoriented after she was unknowingly drugged while babysitting an infant. She describes the thought processes and hallucinations that she had while under the influence, and it's pretty interesting and scary to read that part. (Again, destigmatization. You get to feel how a drug user would feel.)

I'm glad to have read this book. One more down, countless more to go!

Have you read Go Ask Alice? -- or do you want to? Comment below!

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