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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Alice on Her Way
Simon Pulse  $7.99  ISBN 978-0-689-87091-0  336 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 16

Alice McKinley is fifteen years old; soon to be sixteen, and her life is full of teenage drama.  From backstage crew to Driverís Ed, there is always something going on.  A school trip to New York turns out to be an exciting adventure on the town, and learning to drive is suddenly harder than it looked.  Aliceís new boyfriend, Sam, is so sweet but his mother may prove to be too much.  Sometimes it seems as if things will never work out.

Alice on Her Way is a great book for youth between thirteen and sixteen.  The story is comically written, and Aliceís comments are often funny.  The story deals with everything from stepparents to abusive boyfriends to Sex Ed. classes in Aliceís church.  I think that although it is a light-hearted, humorous story there are a lot of good messages within.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has done a wonderful job putting together a realistic novel as seen through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old girl.  The story is told in the first person (from Aliceís point of view), and it fits perfectly.  Some of the dialogues between Alice and her older brother are fantastic.

I think that this book deserves five stars.  It hooks the reader right from the start and leaves them wanting to read the next Alice book in the series.

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