I know this is really late, but it took a long time to get the book from the library. I chose "Go Ask Alice" because everyone else was doing reviews on books such as "Harry Potter", "Twilight", and "The Giver", which are already really popular. Also, my
camp counsellor read this book a few years ago and he told me it was probably one of the saddest, most inspiring books he'd read.
"Go Ask Alice" is a diary kept by a girl, who is never named. At first, she writes in a sensitive, winning style about her life, ranging from boys to her weight. She moves halfway through the year to a new town, where her father is a Dean at the local university.
When she finally makes a friend, she learns she has to spend the summer at her grandparent's house.
During the summer, she reconnects with some people she was never "in" with at her old school, and she's invited to a party where she has a coke laced with LSD. After this experience, she is curious about other drugs, and tries torpedos and Speed with some
kids at the next parties. While high on acid, she loses her virginity to someone she barely knows and spends a month worrying about being pregnant.
Once she returns home, she takes other drugs with a girl named Chris who works at a boutique and pushes drugs for her boyfriend at school, and later feels disgusted with herself when she sells LSD to a nine year old. Chris and her run away to San Francisco
to try and get clean, but Chris's boss holds parties where they smoke hash and they return to drugs. They finally come home at Christmas.
It keeps going on like that- everytime the girl vows to never take drugs again, she has a relapse and the druggies she used to hang out with don't believe she's going to stay clean. She runs away by herself again in March while stone, and travels to Coos
Bay and San Francisco. Once she makes her way home, she's has slept with strangers, and done even more drugs. Her former "friends" put acid into chocolate peanuts she eats, and she is sent to an asylum. After her parents get her out, she realizes that drug
trips are a sensational experience, but they're not worth the consequences that come with them. On the last page of her diary, she writes about how diaries are great when you're young, but when someone gets older they should be able to discuss their feelings
with other people instead of another part of themselves.
The epilogue states she dies three weeks later after her last entry.
I can see why this book was banned - it deals with really controversial issues such as drugs, sex, and running away from home. However, it was an eye-opener because a lot of people think you can drugs just once to try it, but you end up hooked for a long
time. "Go Ask Alice" was published in the 1970's, after drugs were popularized by the Summer of Love and events like that. I think it was a really good read, and it shouldn't be banned anymore.