my opinion as I recently finished reading the book, I personally think it is a very good book and explains from that persons point of view on how the real world is when you are labeled as a druggie or addict.
This book came out when I was in junior high and was made into a "movie of the week." It was not long after the Manson trial, and drugs were a huge concern in my community. After seeing the TV movie, I had to get the book. It was probably the reason why I never experimented with drugs. What the young girl went through was so horrific, I wanted nothing to do with any of it.
This is a very powerful book about the life of a drug addict. I read it at the request of a coworker when I worked at an alcohol and drug rehab as a counselor and nurse's aide in Lake Mary, Florida. It helped open my eyes and gave me insight about how to better understand and deal with the adolescents on the unit where I worked. You are forced to put yourself in the other person's shoes while reading this book...it's harder to be detached and judgmental.
I read this book in the 8Th grade, and really, I didn't understand it at all. Now that I'm a 15 year old adolescent, I read it again. It scared the crap out of me truthfully. Like every teenager, I've always wondered what it would be like trying drugs. This book really put me back in my place. I thought it is the strongest book I've read, and that's saying a lot since i love reading. It was especially strong I thought when "Alice" last ran away, and she's writing crazy things about being with all these people, and finally she was like, "Oh no, I'm loosing my mind" it's so mind blowing, and I cry every time I read it because it's so powerful to me, and so real. It's scary, and I think it is mostly scary because I'm the same age. and I feel like I can connect with her when it comes to Peer Pressure. I hope I never have to go through that though myself.