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Alice's dad signs her up for a sex ed class at her local church. Book takes place : Spring semester of 10th grade. Alice's life lessons : Respect yourself and respect your partner. And if you don't respect yourself or your partner, maybe you shouldn't be with them.

Best Alice moment s : Pamela as a head; Sam' Alice gets a new boyfriend. Best Alice moment s : Pamela as a head; Sam's mother cooking dinner; dress shopping with Sylvia; the trip's chaperones taping up the hotel room doors; Lester's new girlfriend. She explores him sexually but is still very innocent -- all above the waist and hardly any bare skin , but happily she dumps him after she realizes he's way too serious about her. The crew goes to NYC and Alice has her first cocktail at I would say that this is unrealistic but hey, I didn't get my first drink until I was 20, so she beat me there.

Alice's father signs her up for a sex ed class at church, which is actually pretty cool. It's not abstinence-only education; it's a way for the teens to learn that sex is a part of life, but only in certain circumstances respecting yourself is one of the biggies. Alice makes new acquaintances there, but for the most part her crew stays the same.

Faith's boyfriend Ron goes too far and cracks her face against a car; she loses 2 teeth. Faith finally presses charges and dumps his ass. I liked the story arc of Faith's emotionally-and-escalatingly-physically-abusive boyfriend for the young-women crowd who read these books. Lester's new girlfriend Tracy is a fun new character. Sharp and witty and also a different race, which makes me happy because most of the people in this version of Silver Spring are white.

Marilyn gets married to Jack and there goes another one of Lester's girlfriends. Crystal has a baby, which doesn't necessarily mean that her marriage to Peter is doing better, but at least she's moving forward When a book gets bigger like this, with a larger ensemble cast, it's harder to feel like we're keeping tabs on the people we already know.

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Elizabeth's character got a little flatter: she is a friendly face and she's excited about Ross, and now we know she enjoys a Cosmopolitan. Pamela's mother takes over Pamela's life, so most of Pamela's drama has to do with her altercations with her parents. I did like how Pamela fooled around with a senior, though, and then learned that sex doesn't mean that you're special to someone: he drops her quickly. And haven't we all known a girl who learned this lesson the hard way and it broke her heart? I love how PRN writes in lessons not super preachily about how people behave.

Alice fails her driving test twice before she finally passes, and huzzah, Alice is a bonafide teenager now with her driver's license.


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Hence, she is "on her way May 16, Logan Hughes rated it liked it Shelves: alice. Alice begins dating Sam after a friends-hanging-out night that seamlessly and breathlessly turns into a date, a scene that's realistic and exciting in a low-key Alicey way. Unlike busy Patrick, Sam always has plenty of time for Alice and fills her days with romantic gestures. Alice likes this at first, but eventually becomes uncomfortable with the clinginess. This main plotline felt very real to me, and I appreciated seeing a sympathetic firsthand view of the person who is less invested in the Alice begins dating Sam after a friends-hanging-out night that seamlessly and breathlessly turns into a date, a scene that's realistic and exciting in a low-key Alicey way.

This main plotline felt very real to me, and I appreciated seeing a sympathetic firsthand view of the person who is less invested in the relationship, feels guilty about it, but knows she has to end it, without villainizing the clingier partner. So much of fiction sympathizes with the break-up-ee or else depicts a relationship that is cartoonishly toxic. I also appreciated that Alice likes the sexual aspect of their relationship they're not having sex because Alice would never, but she enjoys making out and groping.

This casts a monkey wrench into the usual disempowering storyline that says that girls aren't and shouldn't be interested in sex. Assorted Subplots This really is one of those Very Special Books about sex, as it's the one where Alice takes yet another seminar on sexuality, this time at her dad's transparently UU church. She's initially upset with her father for signing her up against her will, but she immediately starts to enjoy and learn from it. While the lessons about sex taught by this fake church seminar are good ones, it feels like a shoehorned-in way to impart those lessons. Furthermore, I've known teens whose parents signed them up for stuff, and they all managed to find ways to learn NOTHING just to teach their parents a lesson.

Another Very Special Storyline comes to a head here, the one about Alice's theater crew friend Faith and her physically abusive boyfriend, which has been building since "Simply Alice. Oh, and Alice learns to drive. I related to the part where she failed the driver's test. I did not relate to the part where she passed the driver's test. Bottom Line I like the messages of this one, and I think it moves along at a fairly good clip compared to some of the others before and after, but in terms of the writing style, it is squarely in the "not-so-great high school books" subcategory of Aliceland.

Random Observations Overall, the lessons and messages about sex in these books do tend to align with my own pro-consent, anti-shame, anti-judgment views.

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But sexual judgmentmentalness is on full display when Pamela brags about performing oral sex on a senior during a school trip to New York. Alice and her other friends immediately rush to reassure Pamela she has been used. Sure, it later turns out that the senior is a jerk and made promises to Pamela he had no intention of keeping, but at the point when Pamela is judged, the characters only know that they had an encounter and that Pamela enjoyed it.

Aug 28, Lauren Pence rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book evolves around their school and after school life, and basically consists of her hanging out with her boyfriend, sam, a this book is about alice and her friends throughout their sophomore year of high school.

The book evolves around their school and after school life, and basically consists of her hanging out with her boyfriend, sam, all the time, and gossiping with friends. On the New York trip that they take, alice and her best friends that she rooms with, plan to sneak out and explore and that is what they have been waiting for. The ending of the story consisted of alice and her family going to the wedding of a family friend, which seemed to be weird to add into the story.

As Alice leaves behind the realm of tween-hood and heads toward sweet 16, the stories in her life take on less of a laugh-out-loud tone and turn more serious. Of course, growing up is only funny in retrospect, and were I younger I might not find Alice so funny to begin with. Picking up about where we left off with the last book, Alice's dad is now married to her old English teacher, Lester has moved out of the house and makes only rare appearances, and she's back in the realm of the single.

Most As Alice leaves behind the realm of tween-hood and heads toward sweet 16, the stories in her life take on less of a laugh-out-loud tone and turn more serious. Most of the year is spent in worry: about her friend Pamela, about learning to drive and getting her license, about a friend who has an abusive boyfriend. And as her father saw fit to enroll her in a class at church entitled "Our Whole Lives," there is also a fair amount of thought about sex.

Furious at first, and sure she would hate the class, Alice finds she actually enjoys it, and learns a lot. As her friends take off into hasty decisions, she finds herself with a groundwork to think about not only what she chooses to do, but what they've chosen to do, and the later impact those decisions will have. Since her mother died when she was young and her stepmother is still new, this is probably the most "comfortable" way that she could ask the questions she might otherwise have been afraid to ask--and maybe that has something to do with why her father signed her up.

In the end, Pamela and her mother come to an uneasy truce, as Pamela realizes the strain her mother has been under, the friend with the abusive relationship sees the light after things take a truly violent turn, and Alice decides that driving is not the be all end all--although she does eventually pass her test. And while I'm not sure she ever admitted it to her dad, she loved her class, and passed on most of her learnings to her friends, who in the end found themselves wishing they'd been in the class with her.

I look forward to seeing where the rest of High School will lead her. Oct 05, Xiao Yan rated it really liked it Shelves: school-year Alice just broke up with Patrick, but now Sam asked her to go!!!!! It all started when Sam asked Alice to help with a newspaper assignment and then at the end of the assignment, Sam finally asked Alice. She just knows she has a date for the dance. I think he liked Alice the whole time, even when she was with Patrick. With that going on, her friends also managed to get dates as well!!! Two boys and one girl like a love triangle.

But after the dance, Alice realizes that she really likes Sam. It does seem like Alice has a lot going on in her life. I think that this book was really fun and easy and interesting to read because of how it is based on a teenager's life. And how crazy her life is, probably similar to many other teenagers to. It was a really good book! Jan 25, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: teen , banned-books , sex , driving.

Soon to be 16 and driving Alice has a big sophomore year. She begins dating Sam who's also on the newspaper. This new relationship excites her, especially when Sam pushes the limits of Alice's sexual experience. In fear of Alice moving too quickly with Sam, her father signs her up for a sex ed class through his church. At first, Alice is infuriated, but after attending a few sessions she is grateful for the knowledge she gains and the openness with which the instructors approach the subject. Mea Soon to be 16 and driving Alice has a big sophomore year.

Meanwhile, a big school trip to New York has Pamela engaging in some risky sexual behaviors. Lester begins seeing an African American woman he meets through the university and the whole family Lester included attends Marilyn's wedding. One of the stronger books in the Alice series as it provides a lot of information through the sex ed class Alice takes that I'm sure teen readers will benefit from.

I really appreciated that Alice struggled with obtaining her driver's license. I think it made her more relatable as a main character than it would have if she would've been born the best driver ever and easily passed the test. Recommended for teen girls grades 9 and up. Jun 15, Lucy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people who like their ya with a strong voice. Shelves: teen.

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This book is back in the spirit of the Alice I know and love. Alice is a sophomore now, and she and her friends are dealing with all sorts of new issues. Alice is taking a class called "Our Whole Lives" at her church - about sex and sexuality. Pamela is dealing with the return of her wayward mother. And Alice has a new boyfriend - Sam - who adores her. Unsurprisingly, I love Alice and the relationship she has with her friends. Pamela, Elizabeth, Gwen and the other girls in Alice's circle of frien This book is back in the spirit of the Alice I know and love.

Pamela, Elizabeth, Gwen and the other girls in Alice's circle of friends are all unique and distictive individuals, and it is always a pleasure to read about such diverse people. My trouble in this book was Sam, Alice's new boyfriend.

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Alice talks like she's crazy about him, but her narrative never seems as enthralled. And as a reader, his clinginess and demands on her time and attention were a HUGE turnoff for me. I kept wondering how she could still be putting up with him - and even when I thought she was finally noticing how clingy and irritating he was, she would comment on how much she enjoyed being with him.

It was a little jarring, I think. May 01, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-interest. Alice, about to turn 16, has a new boyfriend who is too clingy, is desperate to get her driver's license and flunks the driving test twice, and deals with questions and issues regarding sexuality in part because of a class her father signed her up for at church, and in part due to the actions of friends. At first she's mad about the class, but ends up finding it informative and useful in being more clear about her own sexual values.

Alice and her friends help another girl who is being physically Alice, about to turn 16, has a new boyfriend who is too clingy, is desperate to get her driver's license and flunks the driving test twice, and deals with questions and issues regarding sexuality in part because of a class her father signed her up for at church, and in part due to the actions of friends.

Alice and her friends help another girl who is being physically abused by her boyfriend to make a break from him. Very minor LGBT themes: her friend Lori comes to the school dance with her girlfriend, and on a trip to NYC when Alice and some friends sneak out at night, they end up at a bar frequented by transvestites--which they realize when they hear a male voice in the bathroom. Naylor is on-target with the range of concerns of teens, and Alice is, as always, wholesome. Alice On Her Way combines the elements of both romance and humor fiction.

This book had scenes that included sexual content and was centered around the ideas of sex. Some other characteristics that make Alice On Her Way considered for banning is that the book contains foul language. Some of the conversations that the girls have in this book are a little out there because most of it is about hooking up with guys and talking about their boyfriends. Another thing that makes this book considered for Alice On Her Way combines the elements of both romance and humor fiction. Another thing that makes this book considered for banning is the "Our Whole Lives" class because it's centered on sex, relationships and other things that happen in high school.

Although the main plot of this book may seem inappropriate, I believe it helps kids know what high school is about and what to expect from it. I do understand why this book was banned but think that it was taken too far and maybe shouldn't be banned because it's a good read and helpful for younger kids.

Nov 02, Zaneta rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Young Adults. This book is about a fifteen year old girl named Alice. She is just an ordinary teenage girl that is living her life, until one day her father signs her up for this program at a church. At first she is furious because her father didn't even bother to tell her that he was signing her up for this "Our Whole Lives" program. She's disgusted because she learns that in this program they learn about adult things. However as the book goes on she learns that she's happy that she's in this program and she This book is about a fifteen year old girl named Alice.

However as the book goes on she learns that she's happy that she's in this program and she learns a lot. In between all of this she goes through maturity and so many other things teenage girls go through. I would recommend this book but this book is in a series, so I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book. Jun 27, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. This one was great! Alice is about to turn 16, and there are so many things happening in her life.

She's started dating Sam, she's going on a school trip to NYC, and she's practicing her driving skills so she can get her license. Oh, and I didn't mention the best part. Her dad signed her up for a class at church titled "Our Whole Lives," which is a sex-ed class that addresses important topics like communication, orientation, gender issues, values, and more.

I loved every minute of the book - eve This one was great! I loved every minute of the book - every situation was believable and teens could learn a lot from a class like Our Whole Lives. And the trip to NYC was hilarious - sneaking out of the hotel, going to a bar and having a few sips of a Cosmopolitan. Alice and Patrick broke up. Then Alice starts dating Sam. Her dad sign Alice up for a class in the church call "Our Whole Life" in the class they talking about sex and similar stuff.

At first Alice was mad at her dad for signing her up for this class but she ends up liking it. Pamela doesn't like her mother because she left her and her dad for another guy. Her mom is trying very hard to make Pamela like her again. Alice have typical high school girls problems.

Sometimes she finds a good solution Alice and Patrick broke up. Sometimes she finds a good solution but sometimes she doesn't. She and her friends are always there for each other when they need help. But sometimes Alice worries too much.


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  7. Alice kind of remind me of myself. Jun 13, Jian rated it it was amazing. I really like this book because its something that i can be realted to. At first she hate the facts that her Dad sign her up with out her permissions. O I really like this book because its something that i can be realted to.

    OR you should try new things! Oct 14, Lindsey rated it liked it Shelves: teen , realistic-fiction , ladies.

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