Wednesday 13 November 2019

Book ~ "Go Ask Alice" (1971) Anonymous

From Goodreads ~ A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale.

January 24th

After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs ...

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth - and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.

Enter her world.

You will never forget her.

When I was in my early teens, girls (including me) were reading Go Ask Alice.  Because it was such an important book in our lives, I thought it would be interesting to reread it today.

The book is the "diary" of a fifteen-year-old girl.   She gets invited to a party of one of the cool kids and they play Button.  She doesn't realize what the game is until afterwards.  Everyone is randomly served a pop ... most are laced with LSD and those who get pop that aren't are the "babysitters".  She ends up with a pop with LSD and has a wonderful mind-blowing experience.  And that sets her on the path to want more drugs.

She ends up getting involved with some drug dealers and selling to elementary students.  She and a friend run away from home a couple times because their families are putting many restrictions on them.  When she tries to lead a clean life, her past keeps pulling her back.

I don't remember what my early teen self thought of the book.  But more than 40 years later, it was interesting to reread it ... granted I'm not the target market for it anymore.  I found the writing style not great and boring and the story itself is pretty lame and unbelievable.  The book is definitely dated.  Does anyone do LSD, acid or bennies anymore?  Her mother is concerned that she is dressing like a hippy and nags her about it.  The girl is out hustling for "bread".  And there's no way two teenagers under 18 could take off to San Francisco, get jobs right away and then give them up to start their own business.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Great read! Think I read that way back in Grade 7.