By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Alice has always tried to be a decent person. She gets good grades, comes home on time, and has never really given her dad and her stepmom any reason to worry. But now that junior year of high school has started, Alice is a little sick of people assuming she's a goody-goody, so she decides to start shaking things up. First there are the dates with Tony, a cute senior who's a lot more experienced than Alice. Then the fights with her stepmom about the new cat, the car, and everything else start. But when Alice sneaks off to a party that her parents don't know about and a near-tragedy follows, she starts to realize every choice has a consequence, and danger rarely leads to good ones.
I realized that I haven't read an Alice book in a long time, and I missed her. So I picked this one up and read it quickly.
This book was intense. Oh, the drama! Alice went through so much. Tons of tension and disagreements with her family! I suppose that's normal. The author did a great job of explaining Alice's conflicted feelings about all of the situations she was in, and why she said and did the things that she did. I can't believe that she's already a junior! Do you know what that MEANS?! It means I'm almost done with the series! Tear. I don't want it to be over, but I must know what happens. I must. I've already started the next one - even though I have a huge stack of library books and a huge virtual stack of galleys. You should be honored by that, Alice.
Sigh, so many books, so little time.