Go Ask Alice is the anonymous diary of a young girl that gets involved in drugs. The girl does not say her name in the book. Go Ask Alice was given the title based off of "White Rabbit" written by Grace Slick.
Through her diary "Alice" expresses her feelings about teenage problems. In the beginning her problems are common to many teens, like weight gain, moving to a different city, parents, boys, and friendships. When she is reunited with a old friend and goes to a party, her problems get even more serious. At the party she has her first experience with drugs. Though she has fun after that it is a downward spiral.
"Alice" becomes involved with many of the wrong kind of people and has terrible and illegal episodes. "Alice" runs away to California. Her family worries about her a lot. She meets a girl named Chris and they work at a boutique where they make money to buy marijuana. They get into even more troubling situations. "Alice" knows that doing drugs is wrong and tries to stop many times. She has a strong addiction and cannot stay clean.
The only thing that keeps her going through her many struggles is her diary, her "dearest friend" (184). "Alice" always says she wishes she had a person to talk to, someone to help her with her addiction. "Oh, I would like to talk to Mom or Dad or Joel or Tim about this, but everything I do seems to make things worse" (130). Her only real friend is her diary. Not even health care professionals give her the help she really needs. In the end, the importance of her diary is fully shown.
1. At her worst point, "Alice" finally got professional help. Her family tries to help her too. Still it is not enough to get her out of the vicious cycle with drugs. Many teens in society are involved with drugs like "Alice." They feel they have no one that understands them or can help. What help do you think "Alice" or teens like her need to break their addictions for good? Is such help possible?
2. "Alice" says her diary is her only friend. She can tell her diary everything. "Alice" could communicate to her diary well but not to people. Do you think if "Alice" would have had good communication skills with people that she would have had better life?