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O ASK ALICE     Summary by: Triston JennigesThe diary begins right before Alice’s fifteenth birthday. She is a pretty typical teenage girl in the late 1960s—she’s mostly concerned with school, boys, her hair, and fitting in When her father’s new job causes her family to move across the country, Alice is put into a new school at a time when she is extremely insecure. She can’t seem to make any new friends and just gives up on everything, including her hygiene. You know you’re depressed when you just stop washing your hair.Although she eventually makes a friend in Beth, plans are already in motion for her to go back home to stay with her Gran and Gramps for the summer.

There, she falls in with the “in” crowd, who invite her to a party and then spike her soda with LSD. Even though her new friends drugged her without her knowing, she loves the experience and can’t wait to do it again.Alice is set on a path horrible things: She takes uppers, downers, hallucinogens, and marijuana, treating drugs the way most of us would treat a bag of Halloween candy. She even loses her virginity during a drug-fueled orgy, but she barely bats an eyelash.When she goes home for the new school year, she pretty much abandons her BFF Beth for new friends Chris, Richie, and Ted, who share her love for getting high. She eventually gets into selling drugs to younger and younger customers in order to fund their habit, and although she’s disturbed by the fact that a nine-year-old boy would want LSD, she’s so “in love” with Richie that she continues to do it.

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As you can only imagine, things start to go pear-shaped when they enter the drug scene out in California. After experiencing a brutal sexual assault, they try to make a go at it with a clean slate out in Berkeley, but once again Alice and Chris find themselves lonely, broke, and homesick, and eventually call their families so they can go home.This process becomes a cycle for Alice: She gets clean and vows to never touch drugs again; then she—oops—finds drugs and enters a spiral of self-harm, drug abuse, and prostitution; eventually she gets tired of being hungry, poor, and taken advantage of and calls home to be rescued yet again by her patient, loving family.Just when we think she’s finally going to make it—she has herself a good, clean, up-standing boyfriend; she is invested in her schoolwork; and she is actually effectively communicating with her family—a vindictive friend from her druggie days spikes a bowl of chocolate-covered peanuts with LSD while she’s babysitting a neighbor’s infant.

The resulting overdose leads to a severe mental breakdown and her family is forced to admit her to an insane asylum for treatment.There she learns just how good she’s always had it compared to some of the other addicts in her program. At least she wasn’t abused by a stepfather at the age of eleven and forced to become a “baby prostitute” in an upscale brothel.She is eventually released back to her family, and on the eve of her seventeenth birthday everything seems to be coming up aces. She has friends that don’t need needles to have fun (these are the best kind of friends), her boyfriend Joel is almost too good to be true, and her schoolwork is finally back on track.She decides that diaries are for babies, though, so the entries stop and the book abruptly ends with an epilogue that reveals her mysterious death from overdose.THE 57 BUSOn November 4, 2013, Sasha, a high school senior from Oakland, CA, was napping on the 57 bus home from school.

Shortly thereafter, Richard, another Oakland teen, boarded the bus with his two friends. When the trio’s jokes took a dark turn, Richard’s and Sasha’s lives were forever changed. Slater, who originally covered the crime for the New York Times magazine, here breaks down the series of events into short and effective chapters, divided into four parts: “Sasha,” “Richard,” “The Fire,” and “Justice.” By investigating the lives of these two teens, their backgrounds, their friends and families, and the circumstances that led to that fateful day on the bus, Slater offers readers a grounded and balanced view of a horrific event. There is much baked into the story of these intersecting lives that defies easy categorization, including explorations of gender identity, the racial and class divisions that separate two Oakland neighborhoods, the faults and limits of the justice system, the concept of restorative justice, and the breadth of human cruelty, guilt, and forgiveness. With clarity and a journalist’s sharp eye for crucial details, Slater explains preferred pronouns; the difference between gender and sex as well as sexuality and romance; and the intricacies of California’s criminal justice process. The text shifts from straightforward reporting to lyrical meditations, never veering into over sentimentality or simple platitudes.

Readers are bound to come away with deep empathy for both Sasha and Richard. CRACKBACKMY story takes place in Minnesota. The main character is Miles Manning he is a Junior in high school and he loves to play football. He messes up a play and is worried he will lose his starting position. His best friend Zach tries to pressure Miles into taking drugs. He crumbles to peer-pressure and does not like the out come. Because of this he says no to drugs and loses his best friend.

His coach Sepolski is supportive and Miles does not want to disappoint him. Coach Stahl is a tough coach who is set in his own ways, and gets mad when they don’t follow directions. When Miles and his friends hangout they often get into trouble (Not illegal trouble) the results turn bad and Miles ends up fighting for his life! When Miles plays his next football game he meets the person who beat him half to death he finally gets his pay back because he is the only one who can take him down.  After the game his luck continues and he gets to spend some time with Lucia. DEAD END IN NORVELTMelding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.

But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder.

Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.SAVING MAXAttorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max’s behavior has been getting worse—using drugs and lashing out. But she can’t accept the diagnosis she receives at a top-notch adolescent psychiatric facility that her son is deeply disturbed. Dangerous.

Until she finds Max, unconscious and bloodied, beside a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death.Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer?With the justice system bearing down on them, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth, no matter what it is. She’ll do whatever it takes to find the killer and to save her son from being destroyed by a system that’s all too eager to convict him.