By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 2002
Audience: All Teens
Life After Patrick It isn't Alice and Patrick anymore; it's simply Alice, and much to her surprise, Alice is finding that's okay. In fact, working on the school play and becoming increasingly involved in the newspaper have Alice so busy she doesn't have much time for her best friends Pamela and Elizabeth -- and they resent it.
And if Alice ever needed friends, she needs them now. She's got a secret e-mail admirer she's not sure how to handle. Her brother, Lester, is plunging headlong into a risky romance with a professor. And her new friend, Faith, seems unable to break free of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. It's not simple being simply Alice.
It's funny, I think I've read this one too - but the only thing that I remember is Tony and Tina's Wedding.
This book was great. Alice was super busy with all of her activities, and she had problems with her friends and time management. I know how everyone knows how that feels! It was nice to see Alice on her own for a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sylvia is incorporated into the family. I absolutely cannot wait to see their wedding! The McKinley family deserves this happiness.
It's good to see Elizabeth growing, too. She seems more real now, and I'm glad she's working through her problems. I like her better as each book goes on. Pamela wasn't a very big part of the storyline in this book. It was nice to learn more about other people in Alice's life. At the end of this book, Alice and her friends were planning on working at a summer camp. I hope we get to see part of that! I can only imagine the hilarious situations they could get themselves into!
Let's talk about this cover for a minute. How horrible! I know this isn't the most up-to-date cover, thank goodness! She looks scary, and the shirt isn't very flattering.