This month, I'm participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme: authors whose work I read when I was younger. Each post will come with a quote and some details and thoughts about something I read by this author. Most featured stories will be YA, though there'll also be some MG and adult fiction sprinkled into the mix. The selected authors have an initial matching the assigned letter of the day.
“I looked at the sky this morning and realized summer is almost gone which really made me sad because it doesn't seem as though it’s been here at all.”
-Anonymous (a.k.a. Beatrice Sparks), GO ASK ALICE
I read Anonymous's GO ASK ALICE (Simon & Schuster, YA) before I was even in high school. GO ASK ALICE is a first-person narrative about an unnamed girl whose life spirals downward when she becomes addicted to drugs. At the beginning of the book, there is a note from the editor that reads: GO ASK ALICE is based on the actual diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user." So back then, when I read the book, I took the story for real. I remember feeling a little sad to learn that the narrator died weeks later after her final diary entry.
Now that we have the Internet, I've learned that Anonymous is actually an author named Beatrice Sparks, and that the story behind GO ASK ALICE was fictional.
When I read the book as a kid, I remember feeling uncomfortable with certain details, but I don't remember the story as being terribly creepy as other books I've read. And that was when I believed the story was real. Having skimmed through the story recently as a parent, I feel much more troubled by some of the content, and that's me, aware that the story is fictional.
Have you read GO ASK ALICE? Do you feel that being older and/or having children has made you more sensitive and prone to worry?