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Retro Reading: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Updated on November 14, 2014
A very haunting read
A very haunting read

Alice's Diary is Still Powerful Reading

There's always been one thing I've been afraid of. Addiction.

I think a lot of people think if they experiment with something once (maybe twice) that will be the end of it. But what if it's not and they continue on a downward slope?

That's what Go Ask Alice is about.

Everyone's heard of the infamous diary and some have seen the movie and a few weeks ago while I was in a used bookstore, I found myself buying a copy. I had never read the book and of course I was curious as to what was in it.

In a way, I felt like a voyeur. It wasn't my diary but was someone's life published for all to read. Not only is it scary, but it's also a fascinating journey to another place and time, but can easily happen today. You know how it ends, but at the same time, you wish it had taken a more positive turn.

It's a haunting novel which will undoubtedly stay with you. I've known people who have taken this route and not sure whatever happened to them. I know my strengths and weaknesses and I often wonder would I have gone down that path myself had I experimented?

Hopefully, I won't find out, but addiction can happen at any age.


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    • Eric Tuchelske 1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Tuchelske 

      3 years ago from Detroit

      I think a lot of '70's TV movies were "warnings" for us!

      In the early '70's when I was in elementary school, my mom and her friends from high school would get together once a month and one night when they were at our house, they were talking about the drugs in high school. At that time, they were in their early 30's.

      I can remember laying in bed hearing them talk about how "scary" it would be for us to be in high school. Of course with my imagination, I thought by the time I hit sixth grade I'd be strung out on something. When I started high school, I was afraid of drugs and thankfully, I never did them (I have to admit that I did smoke pot about six times after high school, but stopped after a joint was laced with something and I was out of it for a couple of days).

      For some reason that conversation stuck with me throughout my life and even to this day, I'm afraid of drugs.

      One book I reviewed, "A Thousand and One Night Stands" by gay porn star Jon Vincent is a MUST read. He recorded his life on tape and it was written word for word. It's a really great read and before the book was complete (he was sober and slipped) he overdosed.

      Thanks for reading and sorry for the delay in responding.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I've read the book and seen the movie more than once. It is definitely riveting! I remember it being used as a warning when I was a child and it first came out.

      Beatrice Sparks, the "editor" of the book, is a highly controversial figure. She has edited 12 books that were supposed to be based on true people, but only two of them proved to be real, and even then there were protests from surviving family members regarding the content of one of them ("Jay's Journal"). Looking back, I think "Go Ask Alice" is a bit over the top, but still, drugs are nothing to mess with. Something like that could happen to someone who sampled something highly addictive, like meth.

      Check out this link, for more info on Beatrice Sparks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Sparks

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