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Alice on Her Way

Alice on Her Way
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
It's the moment Alice has been looking forward to for years -- her sixteenth birthday is coming up, and that means getting her driver's licence, with the freedom that entails. And before that important milestone, there's another delicious taste of freedom awaiting Alice and her friends -- a class trip to New York City, promising some serious partying once chaperones have gone to bed.

But sophomore year and driving lessons are a lot harder than Alice thought they would be, and then there's the problem with her new boyfriend, who is sometimes too attached to her. The older Alice gets, the more complicated her life seems to become.

This was definitely a book for an older audience. A lot of tough subject matter came up. Alice had a clingy boyfriend while Pamela tried to work things out with her mom and had boy troubles. Things with Faith and Ron escalated, too. Fortunately, it seems that Faith has learned from the incident in this book. Overall, Alice seemed a lot older in this book through her decisions and actions, too.

Alice really grew during her trip to New York. It was fun reading about her sneaking out because that's something that I would never do!  It was also interesting that her driver's test didn't come naturally to her. It's nice when the main character struggles with something that should be easy. It shows that they aren't perfect and makes the reader feel better about things that should be simple for them but aren't.

I really like where this series is going. I'm going to be so sad when I get to the end!