Alice, I Think (Alice MacLeod #1)

 
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Alice, I Think (Alice MacLeod #1)
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14+
Release Date
June 01, 2003
ISBN
1894345126
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Life Goals List: Decide on a unique and innovative career path. Increase contact with people outside of immediate family. Learn to drive a car. Some sort of boy-girl interaction? (Possibly best left until after high school. Maybe best left until middle age.) Publish paper comparing teenagers and chicken peer groups. Read entire Lord of the Rings series.

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A funny and intriguing glimpse into the teenage years
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All teenagers feel as bizarre as the title character in Susan Juby's book, though few would articulate their feelings in as funny a manner. Alice gives the book a refreshing voice. She's a crazy, mixed-up teenager who feels like she doesn't belong in her own life. Or, anyone's life, for that matter. She feels alienated from her peers and her family. Who are these crazy people surrounding her?


Don't all teenagers feel that way?


The story is a comic coming-of-age that deals honestly (and with great humor) with Alice's constant mishaps in dating, relating with others and fashion. You can't help but like Alice even as you wonder how her mother puts up with her.


Of course, you also have to wonder how Alice puts up with her mother. Imagine, if you will, a scene in a parking lot where your mother is engaged in a cat fight with the most dangerous girl from school. Not only that, but you have just stepped from a beauty parlor after the world's worst hair cut. And, that's why your mother is fighting with the girl in question. It's enough to make any teenager cringe.


Alice's adventures with boys will have you laughing out loud. Actually, the entire book will have you laughing hard enough to make your parents wonder what is going on. You'll just have to make them read the book too.

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Reader reviewed by noduh.

If you like sarcastic things and manipulating people this book is right
for you. Alice is the kind of character that's not realistic at all. It
feels like the author makes home schooled children all mentally and
socially challenged (which is not true at all). Some part were funny,
but most of it was just average.




this book is written in a diary format which is approached in Alice's
point of view. I found it surprisingly interesting. The characters are
odd but engaging. The situations Alice gets into are very unlikely to happen in a small town in British Columbia.

Overall, this novel is just good. It's entertaining and well written.

noduh.


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Laugh out loud funny
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Reader reviewed by Holly

the book Alice, I Think is about a girl named Alice Macloed in Smithers who goes through one hilarious moment after another from getting beat up my a physco girl in a parking lot, to a bad haircut, to carzy parents. This book is hilarious and I would reccomend it to anyone who is in the mood for a good laugh. At times I was laughing out loud!

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Hilarious Read
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby is an awesome book. It will cause the reader to laugh out loud in so many places. The novel is also very realistic. I was surprised at how real the novel was. Most novels contain a bit of stretching the bounds of realism, but Alice, I Think was completely real. It reminds me of my own teen years when I was homeschooled and then transitioned back into public school. I can't wait to read the sequels to this hilarious book!
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Inspirational!
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Reader reviewed by Thuy

When i first saw this book on the bookshelf i thought to myself: 'hmm, this book sounds kind of odd'. The plot sounded crazy but original so i read it; yes it was crazy and yes it was original!

Alice is a teenage girl struggling to establish herself in society after years of homeschooling. She must overcome her childhood enemies, way-too-crazy-to-be-true haricut and her counsellor (who appears to be drowning in the pool of reality!). Read this book and travel with Alice as she experiences all the ups and downs of teenage life.

I recommend this book to those looking for creativity, originality and humor!
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awful novel!
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Reader reviewed by safia

This is one of those books that try to be humorous through a bunch of silliness and nonsense. However some books suceed (like the Georgia Nicholson series which I l-o-v-e), but Alice, I Think, in my opinion at least, completely sucked. It's about a girl who is homeschooled, lives in a small town, and gets beat up a lot. Basically she never really stands up for herself or try to really take control of her life. At least as far as I know, cause I did quit reading about half way through it. It was that awful, beleive me.

So if you really want some good humor, then go pick up the latest Georgia Nicholson novel. And pass this one by.
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strange and funny
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Reader reviewed by linda

Alice's first experiences in school were not very pleasant, she came to school dressed up in weird costumes and was bullied because she was different. Sadly, this happened when she was in kindergarten and her parents decided to homeschool her. Who knows, maybe if she had stuck it out she could have had a more normal life, but then we wouldn't have the eccentric moments that make up "Alice, I Think." The book is about Alice, her strange parents, and a list of life goals that Alice wants to achieve. In the story she tries to accomplish all of her goals but at the same time she gets bullied and laughed at, she does learn some new things though, and it helps her in her quest to become more of a normal teenager. It is quite a funny book though, and a great read for anyone who has felt like they don't fit in
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Fun read!
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Reader reviewed by Debjani Mitra

I laughed out loud more than a few times while reading this book. Alice, I think is one of the most fun book ever (I think!).
Although a little unrealistic at certain points, the plot and the presentation are both outsanding, making the book one of my favourites.
A great book for lazy summer afternoon!
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Reader reviewed by Yiffin

Alice, I Think is an exceptional young adult fiction book because Alice deals with normal obstacles that actually do happen during the high school years and more. Even though its one of those diary entry books, later on the reader wont even. Its not that appropriate for smaller children because it has swear words and has sexual contents. A life moral taught in this book is never let an obstacle take over disadvantages, which means to never give up and not to focus on all the negative things that have happened. Literary devices were used wisely in certain areas of the piece. Examples of metaphors include That girl who attacked me is marauding white trash&, and Aubreys mouth is a door that will never close, I mean never ever close. An allusion was surprisingly also found, which was MacGregor has the brain of Einstein.... There werent many similes, but tons of alliteration like, Debbie doesnt do& and &cultural critic cannot&. Literary devices made the piece more absorbing for meaning. The pacing of the story was upbeat and ongoing. It did not drag a major event to every last detail so it was more decisive. The reader would always know when a suspenseful moment was coming because an unusual character like Linda would be in the scene to meddle with others. Some other characters had a major contribution to some extent. Alices mother became very nurturing when Alice was enrolled into school and when her arch nemesis, Linda beat her up. Frank had a disturbing situation which kept some of the attention off Alice. Death Lord Bob had a very important job of keeping both Alices and Franks feet firmly on the ground without going insane himself. Fish obsessed MacGregor helped Alice to believe that she could handle being in the outside world when she was starting school. He also was her best and closest friend. The resolution of the book didnt wrap everything up so the reader would be satisfied, but it left them questions to consider themselves. The book created an image that describes how difficult others have it in different situations that would put them at a disadvantage.
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Best book in young adult
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Reader reviewed by nicole

this book is the best ever! well, not the best, but good. it's about a girl named alice and she's having a hard time living in a new city and going to an actual school! she's been home schooled for 16 years! so now, alice tries to survive life in the city
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What a surreal book...
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Reader reviewed by muffin

Alice, has a very outlandish upbringing. This story follows Alice's life from her unfortunate experience in first grade after coming to school convinced that she is a hobbit,(which then resaults in homeschooling) to when she reaches high school and decides to attend school again.

What really annoyed me about this book is how Susan Juby portrayed homeschoolers, she made them seem to all have mental and social disabilites which from my personal experiences as a homeschooler is not in the least true.

Although this book did have some laugh out loud moments, for the most part I didn't enjoy it very much, I found that I just couldn't relate to Alice at all. But, if you are looking for a surreal, abnormal look at life then I guess this book would be the one.

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