Go Ask Alice

Books like Go Ask Alice

October 25, 2022

#1 Speak

The very first ten lies your high school teachers ask you about:

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.”

#2 Fallout

Nineteen years after Kristina Snow encountered the demon known as Crank, her kids are still suffering from the effects of her choices. They are not one large, joyful family but a frantic jumble of scattered lives bound by rage, uncertainty, and dread.

All three are driven down the path of their mother’s infamous heritage by a propensity for addiction and a feeling of void where a mother’s compassion should be. More than her children would want to admit, Kristina is present in her children in the form of sex, drugs, alcohol, and abuse. But as the bond that unites them brings them together, they’ll learn something remarkable about one another and about themselves—the trust, hope, and courage to start breaking the pattern.

#3 Girl Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen, then 18 years old, was placed in a taxi and taken to McLean Hospital in 1967 following an appointment with a psychiatrist she had never seen before. She spent most of the following two years at a mental facility that was equally renowned for its famous patients as it was for its cutting-edge approaches to caring for those who could afford its sanctuary, including Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles.

In addition to painting evocative portrayals of her fellow patients and their caregivers, Kaysen’s story includes terror and razor-edged vision. It is a brilliant portrayal of a “parallel universe” situated in the late 1960s’ constantly evolving environment. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-eyed, unwavering documentary that lends permanent and precise depth to our conceptions of sanity and insanity, mental illness, and healing.

#4 Perfect

Two seconds were added to the time in 1972. It was done to maintain equilibrium between clock time and the earth’s rotation. Byron Hemming was aware of this because James Lowe, the smartest student in the school, had informed him. How, therefore, could time alter? The consistent rotation of a clock’s hands was as certain as their prosperous futures.

Then, Byron’s mother, who was running late for the school run, commits a grave error. The idyllic world of Byron is destroyed. Were those extra two seconds at fault? Can what happens next ever be made right?

#5 A Million Little Pieces

This is a story of drug and alcohol misuse and rehabilitation like it has never been told before: intense, surprising, and immediately captivating. It also marks the debut of a daring and gifted literary voice.

A story in the Smoking Gun made the allegation that James Frey, the author of My Friend Leonard and A Million Little Pieces, had made up significant portions of his books. They cited police reports, court documents, and interviews with law enforcement officials that refuted several of Frey’s allegations regarding the crimes brought against him, the sentences he received, and his position as a wanted man. Frey acknowledged in an interview with the Smoking Gun that he had “embellished important aspects” in A Million Little Pieces and that he had made false statements earlier.

#6 Wintergirls

Best friends Lia and Cassie are rivals in a fatal competition to see who can be the smallest. They are wintergirls stuck in frail bodies. Then, though, Cassie experiences the ultimate loss—losing her life—and Lia is left behind, haunted by the memory of her companion and feeling regret for not having been able to intervene to save her.

Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson examines Lia’s battle, her arduous road to rehabilitation, and her pathetic attempts to cling on to the most crucial thing of all—hope—in her most profoundly heartbreaking book since Speak.

#7 Flowers In The Attic

Such beautiful young people. Such a lovely mother. Such a beautiful home. Such constant fear! Not that she didn’t care for her kids; she did. Did she? But there was money on the line—money that, if she could hide the kids from her dying father, would guarantee their later happiness. She then took her mother’s darlings and hid them in an abandoned attic. Just for a moment. However, the difficult days turned into excruciating years. Cathy, Chris, and the twins are currently waiting in their small, defenseless world, stimulated by adult fantasies and desires while being given meager nutrition by an enraged, superstitious grandma who is aware that the Devil employs cunning and dark means.

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#8 Thirteen Reasons Why

When Clay Jensen gets home from school, he discovers an odd box on his porch that bears his name. He finds several cassette tapes inside that Hannah Baker, a classmate, and crush of his, had recorded two weeks before to her death. He is informed by Hannah’s voice that she chose to take her own life for a total of thirteen reasons. One of those is clay. If he pays attention, he’ll learn why.

With Hannah as his tour guide, Clay spends the evening traveling throughout his town. As he follows Hannah’s recorded comments throughout his community, he encounters Hannah’s suffering firsthand and learns information that alters his life forever.

#9 The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

A bold new voice in modern literature makes a startling debut with this unsettling book about the conflict between apathy and passion: What It’s Like to Be a WALLFLOWER

This is the account of growing up at a high school. Charlie’s letters are distinctive and exceptional, amusing and heartbreaking, and more private than a diary. We may not be aware of his residence. We could not know the recipient of his letter. We only have knowledge of his shared universe. He embarks on an unusual journey through an unknown country because he is torn between wanting to lead a normal life and attempting to flee from it. The world of new acquaintances and family dramas, first meetings, and mix tapes. when all one needs is the ideal song on the ideal drive to feel limitless, the universe of sexuality, narcotics, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

#10 Girl In Pieces

Charlotte Davis is a total wreck. She had already lost more money at the age of 17 than most individuals do in their lifetime. But she’s gotten good at forgetting. The anguish is washed away by the broken glass until only peace remains. You are not required to consider your father or the river. Your closest friend has passed away. Or your mother, who is powerless to help.

Charlie’s heart gets a little bit harder with each fresh scar, yet it still aches so much. It hurts so much that you stop caring, which is sometimes necessary before you can pull yourself back from the edge.

#11 Books Like On The Road

A classic work of American literature by the Beat Generation In his book On the Road, Jack Kerouac describes his years spent traveling throughout North America with his companion Neal Cassady, who he refers to as “a sideburned hero of the icy West.” The two, who go under the names “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” travel the nation in search of self-knowledge and experience. On the Road is a motivational book of lasting significance because of Kerouac’s love of America, empathy for humanity, and jazz-like sense of language. Since its initial publication, this timeless tale of freedom and longing has served as an inspiration for all generations and defined what it needed to be a “Beat.”

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