Alice on Her Way (Alice #17)

 
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Alice on Her Way (Alice #17)
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Release Date
September 26, 2006
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0689870906
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Imagine it: a weekend without your parents; a weekend in a hotel with your best friends; a weekend in one of the biggest, loudest, craziest cities in the world. Jealous yet? Well, get ready to turn green with envy because Alice, Pam, Liz, and Gwen are headed to New York City for the weekend Sure, it's a school trip and there'll be some educational stuff like museums and plays and visiting Ellis Island, but what the girls really can't wait for is everything they're going to do when their teachers go to bed. Bars, clubs, dancing, shopping, and boys...anything is possible. The city awaits them, and all they have to do to have the time of their lives is sneak past a few hotel clerks. Alice can't wait to hit New York. A weekend with her friends is just what she needs right now. Sophomore year and driving lessons are a lot harder than she thought they would be, and it's time for her to get away from all that work and have some fun. Plus, she's got the loooong bus ride home in the dark with her new boyfriend to look forward to....

Funny, cool, and always provocative, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor does it again, proving that she understands what real girls think and feel, with this seventeenth book in the beloved Alice series.

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Reader reviewed by Nis

This book was sooooooooo fantastic i read it all in one day and stayed up until 1:30 in the morning! I think that Phylis has a special ingredient or somthing because these books are irrezistable! it was really good when she went to nyc and snuck into that night club!It also has lots about sex. but it made me cry when her old friend rosalind came to have lunch with her because I remembered when they were best friends in Starting Alice and walked to the park with each other and now they are teens and almost grown up.. But it was the thing that rosalind did to lester that was funny. it was a touching book and i will always treasure the alice books and read them until i'm old and can pass them on to my kids.i still remember that one christmas when i found all the alice books rapped up in a package under my tree from santa and thought that i would faint. Phylis-never stop writing the alice books, and i mean it.i had a wonderful time growing up with alice.
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Best book ever, so realistic, and tons of fun!
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor truly is one of the greatest writers for young adults. She captures the life of an average teenage girl perfectly and so realistically, that you believe it could be your own life. The Alice series is amazing, and after reading this latest installment, you'll see why! Alice is in the 10th grade. It's spring now. SHe gearing up for the class trip to mNew York City. She can't wait to party with her best friends and act grown up. She doesn't want to be the same old ALice. But she starts dating a new guy from school, Sam. She loves all the attention he gives her at first, but now she feels he's always there and she feels suffocated. She needs alone time and just to be with her friends. Not only does she have that to worry about, but also her friend Faith's abusive boyfriend, Pamela's relationship with her mother and other boys, going to a sex class at church, and just passing her driver's test before turning 16. This book has everything that a teenage girl goes through in life: family, fun, friends, sex, school, driving, emotions, stress. It's all so real. Alice is just an average girl and totally normal. Life with her stepmom are good and her life is just so realistic. This book is very believable and keeps you glued to every page. Alice's thoughts, feelings, way of speaking are so close to a normal girl's, it is amazing.
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So realistic, quirky, funny! Best book ever!
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Reader reviewed by Dylana

The Alice series is incredibly amazing and really takes your heart. You can relate to the main character, Alice, with ease and devotion. Her life is that of any typical, normal American girl growing up with her best friends, boys, stress, driving, sex, family, etc. This book takes care of all of these aspects. Alice is so normal and so funny. It would not be hard to imagine her as your friend. In this latest installment, Alice is in the 10th grade. She's looking forward to he school trip to NYC. She wants this to be a life changing experience and she wants to feel more grownup. She has a new boyfriend, but he actually may not be the one, a friend is being abused by her boyfriend, her friend Pamela is having a hard time with her mother, she has to take a sex class at her church, and she needs to pass the driver's test before she turns 16. It seems like there is so much to do in so little time. But in the end, friendship, family, trust, and true feelings win out above all the rest. I seriously could not put this book down!
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Alice needs to pick up the pace
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In this latest Alice installment, we learn about Alices problems learning to drive, her excitement over a school trip to New York, her relationship with new boyfriend Sam, her trepidation over attending a safe sex class at the local church, and her friend Pamelas continuing tribulations with her mother. As usual, Alice is the everygirl, showing us sophomore year life.

Naylor gets more risqué in this book, as Pamela (though never Alice, of course), goes fairly far with two different boys. Naylor should be applauded for writing about the everyday problems of average girls, but at the same time, her blow-by-blow accounts of Alices life are getting kind of old. I mean, even JK Rowling only writes one book for every year Harry is in schoolwhy should Alice rate three? (Admittedly, Naylors three are probably equal in length to Rowlings one, but then again Harry has a lot more going on in his life than Alice . . .)

In short, the Alice books are dragging on. I dont know how many more descriptions of school dances and bathroom emergencies I can take. Plus, the characters are suffering. After adjusting to new step-mom Sylvia was a major plot line in the last book, shes barely seen in this one and relations are apparently just fine. Alices old friend Rosalind, introduced in the recently written prequels, makes a really pointless appearance. And while a veteran writer like Naylor should be applauded for trying to include diverse characters, her mere mention of several gay/ lesbian characters really didnt do a whole lot, and Lesters new African-American girlfriend is thus far lacking the sparkling personalities of his previous girlfriends. As for Alices new black friend Gwen, shes a great girl, but lacks the all-important non-perfections that make Alices other friends, Pamela and Liz, so human.
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