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  1. If you were anything like me as a teen or tween (i.e., a chronically uncool and sheltered), then you probably read "Go Ask Alice," the diary of an anonymous teen girl in the 1960s who spiraled into sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and then died shortly after writing the final entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Ask_Alice However, it's quite clear now that "Alice" never existed, and the entire story was concocted by Beatrice Sparks, a Mormon youth counselor, who made a cottage industry of "finding" diaries written by wayward teenagers and publishing them, ostensibly as scared straight tales: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Sparks As this article details, the kids who were/are most likely to read books like "Go Ask Alice" aren't going to be the ones in the hardcore drug scene, but goodie-goodies wanting a vicarious thrill without any of the real-life dangers (like me): https://www.bustle.com/articles/29829-go-ask-alice-is-still-awash-in-controversy-43-years-after-publication When I read the book as a middle schooler, I was positive "Go Ask Alice" was real. Today, I realize that the whole thing reads more like an episode of Dragnet than an authentic account of drug use. As a presumably squeaky-clean Mormon, my assumption is that she got her notions about drugs from places like TIME, Newsweek, Life magazine, and probably also the afore-mentioned Dragnet. Given how many fake diaries Sparks found time to write, I have to wonder where she found time to do face to face counseling. However, "Go As Alice" has never been out of print in more than forty years, which is not an insignificant feat, maybe I need to get in on the fake scared straight diary scam. ETA This site lists examples of paragraphs that no real teenage girl could have ever written, and now I feel even stupider than twelve year old me didn't realize how fake "Go Ask Alice is": http://the-toast.net/2014/04/25/fake-lines-from-go-ask-alice/
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