Go Ask Alice, a novel listed as fiction even though the cover says that it is by “Anonymous”, is a diary of a young girl that is faced with many difficult obstacles and struggles with drug abuse, sex in a relationship, friendship issues, family issues, and being homeless, and was written by Beatrice Sparks has had a huge impact on my life. Sparks was a therapist and Mormon youth counselor was known for publishing books that she claimed to be “real diaries” about troubled teenagers. Her other works include: Jay’s Journal, It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, Almost Lost: The True Story of an Anonymous Teenager’s Life on the Streets, and Annie’s Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager.
Now, of course Sparks writes her stories about problems that not too many young teenagers are particularly struggling with, but they are issues that young adults are faced with and have to learn how to say no. At anytime during the school day in middle school, high school, and college, a child could happen to see a drug deal, hear kids talking about drugs, and it is possible that they see someone snort a line in the bathroom. Now, many people believe that it is easy to say ‘no’ to drugs, but this book explained the side effects of drugs in depth and completely made never want to think twice about “trying” any illegal substance and it definitely made the word ‘no’ very easy to say.
So when you ask, are drugs something that young teens thirteen to fifteen should worry about, the answer is YES. They are the most malleable group of young adults and I am thankful that I was able to read this “diary” when I could.
I grew up in a very sheltered community in a family that pretends that everything is perfect, I am sure some can relate, right? Anyways, this fiction diary made me realize that drugs, sex, and relationships were very serious things. It did not encourage me to behave like the nameless narrator it only inspired me to be a better person. However, it also made me want to some day be able to reach out to troubled teens.
I read this novel for the first time when I was thirteen and do not regret this decision. Despite the harsh depictions and somewhat explicit scenes of this non fiction piece of one of Sparks clients lives twisted around to make it more interesting, it was overall an eye opening novel.
This book was handed down to me by sister, who has coutinuely been a wonderful role model dispite all the ups and downs in her life and wrong turns that she took. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to live vicurously through the narrators life and really understand how drug abusers feel.
After reading this novel, it opened the door to my addiction to books all about struggling teens. Within the next years of my life I read books like Crank, Glass, Burned, Impulse, and Identical. These books are not written by the same author but are about young boys or young girls that find themselves in difficult postions with powerful drugs, suicidal thoughts or parents that abuse them physically or sexually.
Most of these books may not sound appealing to some and to others it may seem that at the age of thirteen, fourteen and fifteen I should not have been allowed to indulge in such content, but to be honest these books are the reasons I know so much about drugs and the side effects; they are the reason I choose to be drug free. Now, I understand that many can argue that these books may encourage some to do drugs, but when the author allows you to be so connected to the main character, all you want is for them to keep trying to get help and you are routing for them to have a positive outcome.
I recommend novels by Sparks, and fiction or non-fiction novels about drug abusers, self-harmmers, and teenagers that are going through a rough life. If you are a teenager it could help you see the outcomes of terrible decisions, if you are a parent it will help you open your eyes and look out for your children, and if you happen to be a young adult going through a difficult situation like characters in this book it could give you the courage to seek help.