Review: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

 

Published: 2006
By: Simon Pulse
Source: Indigo-Chapters/Work
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9781416914631
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The intent of  the journal is to keep notes and memories compiled into one great, tightly bound book to be reflected on by your future self. The narrator of this story had purchased her first Diary around the age of 13 or 14 with high hopes of having great and exciting news to fill the pages with. But after a boy, Roger, hurts her, “Anonymous” is sent in a tumultuous new direction. Keeping her diary close, “Anonymous” writes of new friends, her first experience with drugs and the disturbing, winding road that lead her to running away from home numerous times, stealing, scenes of rape and debauchery, her thoughts on God, and the relationships and family members that she’s lost and developed in the span of a year.

Like a lot of teens who get addicted to drugs, “Anonymous” had reached rock-bottom before winding up in an insane asylum. She was soon released, and one of the last few entries she made near the end of her second diary claiming that she was now more adult and believed herself capable of dealing with her life in a more “adult” way and being able to talk to others when things were bothering her is when her life had been ended. Yes, friends, “Anonymous” does die, but not without leaving her memories behind in books for the rest of the world to learn from. I don’t believe this is much of a spoiler since why else would this book have been published if something like this hadn’t happened?

I believe books like these are great tools in helping kids and young adults realize the risks and hazards of experimentation. Although originally published in the ’70’s, hence why at the beginning of “Anonymous'” and her first trip with LSD there was a lot talk of hippies and the use of words like ‘groovy’, etc., this book can still have a profound effect of a young adults understanding. Paired with a lot of other titles like Tweak (Nic Sheff) or Lush (Natasha Friend) and you have a great awareness display in the making!

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Dealing with Vendors

It’s that time of year when vendors have started calling with these “Fantastic” offers on books of the “greatest” quality. Okay fine, usually they are pretty good, and sadly I only have so much money to go around. So what to do…

No, Ron…

I’m only given a limited budget, actually I have none. So my choices on books are split into two different piles: should and want. I realize this isn’t a difficult task, but trust me, it is.

Right now, I have two vendors and I can’t decide what really takes precedence. I have those particular shelves in non-fiction I would love to stock but I can’t always get what I want.

Kids love animals. Some history. Short books. Myths. Sports. Well, my kids do anyways.

At this point I’m sorting through titles on topics we don’t have any other books on:

- Flamingos
– Chinese Mythology
– Endangered animals in Australia
– Living with ‘X’ disability

You get the picture… And then I go through those books again and start choosing which ones I need to put back in the vendor box.

Some of my hardest choices are made in the span of a week because I can’t stand keeping these boxes in my vicinity longer than I have to :(

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Creating a Long-Lasting Program

I’m not gonna lie… I’m bored. Let me give you a run down on what exactly I’m trying to accomplish.

About Me

I collect postcards. I use a website called Post Crossing in order to “get my fix”. This is fun, it does not require very much effort, and best of all,… I have no clue what the best part is other than the fact that you can say your mailbox contains more than just spam.

What I’m Thinking

I wonder if teens would be into something like this, because honestly, I would love to start a group/club that sends postcards to other teens around the world.

Problem?

Where are my resources?! Has nobody ever tried or started something like this? This is truly frustrating. I’ve yet to find something that can help me figure out if this is at all doable. I mean, let’s be honest, if kids were interested in something like this what would be my expenses?

- Postage stamps
– Postcards
– (if they wanted to create their own) Card stock, Old magazines, Art supplies.

That’s about it, right?

What do you guys think? Is this something that could work in a school library setting?

(I can’t get the Polls to work, so feel free to comment below)

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