The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. Read more...
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The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. She was a good girl, living a good life...but one party changed everything. One party, where she took one taste--and liked it. Really liked it.
Social drinking and drugging lead to more, faster, harder... She convinced herself that she was no different from anyone else who liked to party. But the evidence indicates otherwise: Soon she was she hanging out with an edgy crowd, blowing off school and everything she used to care about, all to find her next high.
But what goes up must come down, and everything--from her first swig, to her last breath--is chronicled in the diary she left behind.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-19
- Reviewer: Staff
More sensational than thought-provoking, this diary of a teenage drug addict traces a 16-year-old girl’s downward spiral, beginning with her introduction to alcohol and marijuana and moving on to pretty much every other drug on the market. Driving home the “This could be you!” message, the narrator is portrayed as entirely ordinary: she comes from a loving middle-class family, thinks writing in a diary is “lame” at first, and regularly crushes on boys. The main focus is on the girl’s growing obsession with getting high as she makes one mistake after another, hanging out with an older crowd, trusting the wrong people, brushing aside her older brother’s concerns, and persuading herself she’s in control. The girl-next-door narration relies on clichés and superfluous exclamations (“And then I realized that I felt good! Really good! Deep down to my feet good!”), emphasizing the protagonist’s naïveté. Echoing the theme and structure of Go Ask Alice, this inelegant cautionary tale paints an appropriately horrific picture of addiction, but offers little insight beyond what is taught in drug education programs. Ages 14–up. (May)