Go Ask Alice: A Real Diary - Anonymous

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    [TD="class: alt1, bgcolor: #F8F7F4"][​IMG] Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
    Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
    Publication date March 5, 1971


    Plot summary

    An unnamed fifteen-year-old begins writing a diary. With a sensitive, observant style, she records her adolescent woes: she writes of average teenage concerns such as crushes, weight gain, sexuality, social acceptance, and difficulty relating to her parents. Her father, a college professor, accepts a teaching position at a different college and the family will move at the start of the new year, which cheers her up.

    The diarist finds the move difficult because she feels like an outcast at school. Soon she meets Beth, a neighbor, and the two become fast friends. When Beth leaves for summer camp the diarist goes back to her hometown to stay with her grandparents. She reunites with an old school acquaintance, Jill, who is impressed by the diarist's move to a larger town, and soon invites her to a party. At the party, the diarist unwittingly ingests LSD and experiences a fantastic drug trip.

    The diarist willingly uses more drugs and ends up losing her virginity while on acid. She doesn't know who she can talk to about drugs. She is secretly worried that she may be pregnant, and her grandfather has a small heart attack. These events and the tremendous amount of guilt she feels begin to overwhelm her. She begins to take sleeping pills from her grandparents and when she returns home, she receives sleeping pills from her doctor. When those aren't enough she demands powerful tranquilizers from her doctor.

    The diarist meets a hip girl, Chris, when she shops at a local boutique. The diarist and Chris become best friends quickly. In their spare time they use drugs and are popular at school. Soon the pair begin to date two college boy's Richie and Ted who also deal drugs. They begin selling drugs for the boyfriends, but later realize that Richie and Ted have just been using them to make money and turn them into the police. Vowing to stay clean, the girls flee to San Francisco, moving into a cramped apartment. Chris secures a job in a boutique with a glamorous older woman, Sheila, while the diarist gets a job with a custom jeweler who the diarist views as a father figure.

    Sheila invites the girls to lavish parties at her house where they start to use drugs again, including heroine. At one party, Sheila and her new boyfriend get the girls stoned on heroin before raping the pair. The diarist and Chris, traumatized, move to Berkeley where they open a jewelry shop. Throughout her time away, the diarist misses her family and longs to contact them. She and Chris return home for Christmas, and the holiday spirit and family camaraderie revive her.

    The diarist moves back home, where she finds extreme social pressures and hostility from her former friends from the drug scene. She and her family are threatened and shunned at times. Chris and the diarist get back on drugs and off of drugs several more times. Disastrous situations occur in the life of the diarist, including prostitution, hitchhiking, homeless shelters, being drugged against her will, and insane asylums.

    She gets straight again one last time. She meets a love interest named Joel. Things are looking up for her at last as relationships with her family are improving, and she has some prospects for love and friendship. She is worried about starting school again, but feels stronger with the support of her new friends and Joel. She comments that she no longer needs a diary, for she now has people in her life with whom she can communicate.

    The epilogue explains that the diarist died three weeks later of an overdose—whether it was premeditated or accidental remains unclear—and that she was one of thousands of drug deaths that year.

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