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The Grooming of Alice

The Grooming of Alice
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Altheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Growing up—and slimming down—is the tricky proposition in this repackaged installment of the beloved Alice series.The summer before ninth grade is all about getting it right—from head to toe. Alice and her friends want to start high school feeling like they always imagined a true high schooler feels: confident, capable, and pretty. But a little too much time standing in front of a mirror in their bathing suits makes Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth feel the exact opposite of ready for high school. They have two-and-half months to transform themselves—but when Elizabeth starts taking the weight-loss plan too seriously, Alice worries that growing up (and slimming down) isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

As Alice stumbles her way through the minefield of early adolescence, there are plenty of bumps, giggles, and surprises along the way. Every girl should grow up with Alice, and with this irresistible new look, a whole new generation will want to.

These books are growing up. I'm starting to get to the ones that I had missed. The issue in this book is mostly body image. Family problems come up, too. I think that my favorite thing about Alice is how she can talk frankly with her family. I never in a million years would have said some of the things to my family that she talks about with her dad and Lester.

In other ways, though, I totally relate to Alice. She's trying to figure out life, and she sees that she's different from her friends. They care about image more than she does. She seems to have her head on her shoulders. The character that I'm most similar to is Elizabeth, but I like to pretend it's Alice.

Also, I am VERY happy with how her dad's trip to England went. Because of that, I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book. I'm worried that if I tear through them too fast, I'll get sick of them. So I am pacing myself. Watch for more reviews!