|Go Ask Alice Plot Summary|
This book was portrayed as a teen's private diary detailing her tragic downward spiral into drugs Anne Frank style (the diary part not the drug part). This image was further encouraged by the lack of an author and the almost complete absence of names and, very generalized locations throughout the book. As I began to read the book, it seemed to read as more of a cautionary tail rather than a true depiction of events. I looked at the publication date which was the early 70's the early years of the drug revolution, as I see it anyway. I know drugs were big in 60's but still they were becoming more widely publicized in the late 60s early 70s, am I showing my age? This furthered my doubt about the legitimacy of this "diary." Turns out the "true" diary part of the story was a fabrication. The book was written by a pseudo-psychiatrist that published several books using the diary style of writing. The "true diaries" it seems were mostly the author's elaborations combined with very small amounts of true journal entries from troubled teens.
I wouldn't say I enjoyed the book because as the context would suggest it is not a book you enjoy. It was a tragic story that I finished within 2 days. The writer did a good job in building a relationship with the main character, I felt sorry for her, and the terrible web she was thrust into, at first, not of her own choosing. The authors style of writing made it easier to connect with the character and feel remorse for her; when you compound that with the final sentences of the epilogue (basically somewhere out there very similar things are happening to teens every day and everywhere) it's almost heartbreaking. That being said, I found that the sequence of events seemed a little hasty. The entire book took place over a period of about a year and a half and I can't believe that in so short a time an underage girl can become hopelessly addicted to drugs, deal them at school, move out and come back twice, get clean with no withdrawals, and then ending the way it did within such a short time frame. I have always heard that if you do drugs once that's all it takes and your whole life goes to hell, but such a waterfall of events in such a short time is astounding. Having no personal experience to verify that this is how the world of no drugs to heavy drug use works I assume it was an accelerated dramatization to help discourage teen drug use. If I haven't already painted the picture for you the book was a downer but if you don't mind the buzz kill it's a decent quick read. I don't know how I feel about it for the youth of America but I may be just showing my age again.
Rating ~ 3