Episode 58: Go Ask Alice

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Go Ask Alice

Originally billed as the real life diary of an anonymous teen drug addict, Go Ask Alice offers plenty of food for conversational thought — not only because of its graphic content, but because of the many questions of authorship that have emerged around it since the book was published in 1971. In Episode 58, Read It Forward’s Abbe Wright joins Alli to consider how much these questions of authorship really matter and to discuss the role that Go Ask Alice has played in drug and alcohol education for teens over the last few decades.

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High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life by Tiffany Jenkins

City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory


“In the 1970s, this fake diary scared — and tempted — teenage girls all over America” (Timeline, 2017)

Go Ask Alice Is Still Awash in Controversy, 43 Years After Publication” (Bustle, 2014)

“The Book That Defined My Teen Anxiety Turned Out to Be a Lie” (Electric Literature, 2019)

“Lines from Go Ask Alice That, In Hindsight, Should Have Tipped Me Off That This Was Not A True Story” (The Toast, 2014)

“A Queer Reading of Go Ask Alice” (The Paris Review, 2018)

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