Alice Alone (英語) マスマーケット – 2002/9/1
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Breaking up is hard to do
Alice is starting high school, and everything is new. But it's the new girl, Penny, who's making ninth grade a real challenge for Alice. Penny is tiny and perky and a real flirt, and she seems to be focusing her attention Patrick. Even worse, Patrick seems to be enjoying it.
Alice and Patrick have been a couple so long Alice can't imagine life without him. Suddenly she feels lost and unattractive and scared -- not quite whole. How can Alice get back her confidence in herself, when she's not even sure who she is?
"ALA Booklist" Alice's wry, funny, vulnerable voice expresses every girl's fears about what is "normal" in an imperfect world. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
This is definitely NOT for the young reader, or even the young adult reader, if it is for any reader at all.
I only give it one star, because I couldn't give it zero.
Alice Alone will strike a note with anyone who remembers the never-ending drama of the teenage years and the disintegration of their first encounter with love. For the true teens among the readership, it may feel even closer to home. Alice puts on a good example for her loyal followers behind the fourth wall by putting on a resolute face and busying herself with school activities.
In the background, other characters of the series get some action. Lester's ex-girlfriend reappears as a new hire of his father's shop. Dad is crossed in love by the reappearance of another ex--that of his fiancée, Sylvia. For Thanksgiving dinner, Alice invites some veterans of the local county correctional facility, and hi-jinks ensue. On a sadder note, one of Alice's long-time friends admits that she was molested as a child.
As always, Naylor's voice is refreshing, honest, and true. One would not be surprised to learn that Alice was alive, well, and attending a typically angst-ridden high school somewhere in Maryland. There is enough mildly racy detail here to make the young reader feel saucy for the content, but the tone is kept lightly serious and nothing is inserted gratuitously. However, this may be enough to torque off some controversy among those who would prefer to whitewash a library. It is more appropriately housed in the young adult section, based on the subject matter, but there is nothing within that is immoral or trashy. The young adults at which the series is aimed will relate, empathize, and perhaps even learn a lesson or two along the way.
Similarly, the adult in me finds Alice's self-absorption a little hard to take but that is what makes it a perfect read for those young readers who are experiencing the daily ups and downs of teenagerhood. They identify with her happy moments and the tragedies in her life.
As the Alice books are continual targets of censors I confess I read the book partially as a defense attorney getting ready to defend a client.
Alice Alone begins as Alice's starts her 9th grade year, her first yeaer in high school.
As a grown-up, my heart went out to her father when he agrees to a co-ed sleepover at their home. He is trying to be a supportive but responsible single parent as Alice's mother is no longer living. The kids are well behaved and things go very well.
Alice is a conscientious student. She struggles in algebra but forgoes a trip to the movies so she can complete her homework and studying. She is compassionate and cares about her family and her friends. She reaches out to people in need at Thanksgiving and ends up inviting 3 ex-cons to dinner.
Naylor addresses the subject of child abuse when Alice's good friend Elizabeth shares a secret she has carried since she was eight years old. With her friends encouragement, Elizabeth tells her parents and she gets help. Naylor handles the subject honestly and demonstrates that help is available. The novel offers the hope and promise of recovery.