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Go Ask Alice



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Key Facts

full title ·  Go Ask Alice

author · Anonymous (some believe it is Beatrice Sparks, one of the editors)

type of work · Non-fiction diary

genre ·  Bildungsroman (coming-of-age); epistolary; drug-alcohol

language · English

time and place written · late 1960s, The United States

date of first publication · 1971

publisher · Avon Books

narrator · Alice

climax · Alice is freed from the mental hospital and decides to commit her life to staying clean and helping others

protagonist · Alice

antagonist · Drugs; society as a whole

setting (time) · Late 1960s

setting (place) · An unidentified college town; San Francisco/Berkeley; Oregon

point of view · Alice's first-person diary entries

falling action · The epilogue reveals that Alice died of an overdose several weeks after her last diary entry

tense · Immediate past tense

foreshadowing · Alice's nightmares about maggots and worms eating her grandparents' corpses materialize in her overdose-driven hallucinations.

tone · Alternating between naïve and world-weary

themes · Difficulty of communication; problems of adolescent identity

motifs · Counterculture and drugs; sexual assault

symbols · Maggots and worms

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by catsarecoolio, December 19, 2013

Alice isn't the name of the character, 'Go Ask Alice' is a lyric from a song called 'White Rabbit'.


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by MikeMeulenbroek, February 06, 2015

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by Jannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, November 08, 2016

considering she overdoses and dies in the end and the book was published years later im pretty sure its impossible for the editor lady to be the author