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Yesterday I finished the book Go Ask Alice and it was not what I expected.

Go Ask Alice is about a 15 year old who develops a drug habit which eventually leads to an overdose that takes her life.

The book is written in diary form and was considered to be based off a real life girl in the 70s. Later on, it was thought to be the fictional work of a therapist. Regardless, this read was eye-opening as well as heartbreaking. The narrator led a perfectly normal life until someone spiked her drink with LSD during a party game. And that one drink led her to become hooked on speed, acid, tranquilizers, etc. What was so amazing was that during this turbulent time the narrator still found time to journal her thoughts. I honestly can’t believe that any drug addict would find the time to journal almost everyday (whether the person is fictional or not). What I hate was that the narrator wanted very much to quit but it was not going to be done cold-turkey. There is a part at the end of the book where she goes on a really bad acid trip and ends up in an insane asylum. Now I’m sure what the procedure is for stuff like that but an insane asylum didn’t seem appropriate. But then again this was the 70s. Another thing I hated was that her parents thought the drug addicts she was hanging out with were nice, wholesome students. Every last one of them! Maybe they just didn’t want to see it. Unfortunately, the narrator was one of thousands of teens that overdosed that particular year.

Honestly, I have no desire to try drugs. Especially the hard stuff. Also, this is why people, especially the young ones need to be careful about where they go and what kind of people they hang out with because not everybody has your best interest at heart. Regardless of whether the book is fictional or not it talks about a very real subject among us. It’s no wonder why it was considered a best seller.

I’m not going to rate this book because of the controversy on whether or not it was fiction. But I will say that everybody should read this in order to get some kind of insight on drug addiction.

Until next time!