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Alice on the Outside

Alice on the Outside
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 1999
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Alice likes her life, but she senses things are changing. She gets a little bored by her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela's constant chatter about clothes and makeup, and sometimes she feels excluded from their conversations. Her relationship with Patrick is becoming more complicated, too.
From her cousin Carol, Alice learns that there are no easy answers to some of her questions about life. Then a school experiment and a new friend with a painful secret reveal some unsettling truths about the world Alice lives in. Growing up is even trickier than Alice thought -- is she ready for the challenge?
Alice, Alice, Alice!
I finally got to the teen books in this series! Hooray!
Every Alice book has an issue, and in this book it was discrimination and sexual orientation.
I think Alice handled those issues very well. I have no idea what school out there would actually let students discriminate against each other as an experiment. It sounds like a disaster. Alice and her classmates did learn from it. It just seems like something that would have serious repercussions. 
More than anything, I am curious about what happens to Lester. He has such an interesting love life.
This is gonna be good! I'm looking forward to reading the rest.