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Alice, I Thinkby Susan Juby
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"I grew up in one of those loving families that fails to prepare a person for real life..."
A few weeks into first grade Alice's parents took her out of school and have taught her at home ever since. Now she's about to enter high school, with the stated goal of boosting the self-esteem of her counselor, Death Lord Bob. Bob is happy now. But what about Alice?
Will she be able to interact with people her own age who are not home-based learners? Will she be able to survive some sort of boy-girl interaction? Or is this best left until after high school? Until middle age? What about a unique and innovative career path? A new look? (This must, like career choice, reflect uniqueness.)
Alice, I Thinkis the story of a teenager attempting to survive her parents, her hometown, and her reentry into society. Told through keenly observant, satirical journal entries, Susan Juby's first novel is wise, witty, and utterly original.
"Goethals does a superb turn as Alice, the alienated teen possessed of a biting sarcasm who stars in Juby's frequently hilarious novel. Providing the perfect air of intelligence tinged with teen angst, Goethals gives Alice's journal about her various travails an undercurrent of energy. Alice, who feels like a true misfit, has been home-schooled for years and will soon enter a public high school. Whether she's keenly critiquing her hippie mother's feminist friends (of the armpit-hair-growing, patchouli-wearing ilk), her father's slacker pals or her generally inept teachers and counselors, Alice offers a unique view of common teenage scenarios and complaints. She suffers at the hands of bullies, feels awkward around boys and longs to create a special 'look' for herself, just like most kids her age. Her ever-present family is a source of love and comfort as well as embarrassment. But what makes this tale unusual is Alice's ability to see her everyday dramas in the context of a bigger picture of her life. Particularly entertaining are Goethals's spot-on mocking imitations of the overly caring or just plain daffy authority figures in Alice's life. Teens — and adults who remember their own teen years well — will find much to like here, including plenty of pop-culture references. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
<p>Life Goals List: </p> <ul> <li>Decide on a unique and innovative career path.</li><br /> <li>Increase contact with people outside of immediate family.</li><br /> <li>Learn to drive a car.</li><br /> <li>Some sort of boy-girl interaction? (Possibly best left until after high school. Maybe best left until middle age.)</li><br /> <li>Publish paper comparing teenagers and chicken peer groups.</li><br /> <li>Read entire Lord of the Rings series.</li> </ul>
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About the Author
Susan Juby is the bestselling author of the internationally popular Alicebooks, which were made into a television series, and the highly praised Getting the Girl, named a Best YA Book by Kirkus Reviews. Juby lives with her husband, a horse and a dog on Vancouver Island. Visit her online and read her blog at <>.
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