So after I read the book and wrote my review, I lent it to Chris to see what he thought of it. It bothered him a little more than it did me I guess, because he ended up doing a little research on it today and we found out it’s pretty much high school propaganda, just as I suspected..
According to the book’s entry on Wikipedia, a Mormon youth counselor by the name of Beatrice Sparks is listed as the book’s author… that’s author, not "editor," as it would normally say if a book really was authored by someone who has since died. This woman has also published several other supposedly non-fictional, journal-styled books, almost always "anonymous" and always focused on some example of teenage angst such as joining the occult, getting pregnant, life on the streets.. you know, little everyday things like that.
She also admits that while some of Go Ask Alice is based on true journal entries of one of her patients, alot of the events were fictionalized to add substance to the book. And the icing on the cake? The real "Alice" didn’t even die of a drug overdose – she did, however, die "in a way that could have been either an accident or suicide." Well, thank God! What a relief that there’s atleast some real tragedy involved here! I almost totally discredited the entire book for a minute there (::rolls eyes::)….
Enough of this. This book has already consumed more of my time than it deserves. I said it once and I’ll say it again, don’t waste your time on this book. If you want to read a book of lies, atleast read the one that is entertaining, one that will actually affect you in some way – A Million Tiny PIeces by James Frey.
Check out the Wiki entry here, and get the hell over it already.