Go Ask Alice is the diary of a teenage girl. She struggles with friendships in school, especially after her family moves for her father’s job. Over the summer, she goes to live with her grandparents, in the town that she moved from, even though she doesn’t have many friends there either. It is during this summer, at the age of fifteen, that she experiences drugs for the first time- accidentally, as she did not recognize the game that was being played at a party, and no one told her until after. This experience gets her wondering about other drugs, as her experience was not what she had been told it would be.
One thing that is scary is how quickly and easily she was able to get addicted to drugs. Just one experience with one drug made her start thinking about other drugs, which just led to more drugs.
Although she knows it’s wrong, and she knows she should stop- and she does attempt to stop multiple times, she is only successful for a short time, but is soon led back to the drugs. You can also see how difficult it is to stop using drugs, and to not use them again. After she was successfully able to stop, she was still around those who she used to do drugs with, and the pressure from them to continue made it more difficult for her.
**I listed this book as fiction and nonfiction as there is some uncertainty as to whether or not this is an actual diary.**