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Alice in the Know

Alice in the Know
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
It's the summer before junior year, and Alice is looking forward to three months of excitement, passion, and drama. But what does she find? A summer working in a local department store, trying to stop shoplifters, and more "real life" problems than she could have ever imagined: A good friend becomes seriously ill, Lester has more romance problems than even Alice knowswhat to do with, and the gang from Mark Stedmeister's pool is starting to grow up a bit faster than Alice is comfortable with.... Fortunately for Alice her family and friends are with her through it all, and by the end of the summer, Alice finds she knows a whole lot more than she had in June. Funny, touching, and always provocative, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor does it again, proving with this twenty-first book in the beloved Alice series that she understands what real girls think and feel.

This one ended kind of abruptly and in a very sad way. Alice just stays at home most of the summer and works at her new job in a clothing store. That was definitely a learning experience for her! Also, her friend was very sick and it was nice to see how supportive Alice and her friends were. The boys are changing, too - they've started smoking pot, drinking, and driving too fast. They're interested in knowing how far girls have gone and trick people into telling them. I was proud of Alice for standing up to them. Overall, not much happened TO Alice, but a lot happened AROUND her - until the end, anyway. It wasn't my favorite Alice book, but it wasn't bad.

I hope the next book is more romantic!