Timeline entry for 1993: Go Ask Alice

Banned Books Week, Censorship

Leading up to Banned Books Week 2012, ALA will highlight one book from its new timeline of banned and challenged books each day. Today we feature the year 1993 and “Go Ask Alice,” by Anonymous.

Go Ask Alice book coverIn 1993, “Go Ask Alice” was removed from the Wall Township, NJ Intermediate School library by the Superintendent of Schools because the book contains “inappropriate” language and “borders on pornography.” Responding to an anonymous letter, the superintendent ordered the book removed from all reading lists and classroom book collections. It was also removed from an English class at Buckhannon Upshur (WV) High School because of graphic language in the book. At the Johnstown, NY High School, “Go Ask Alice” was challenged as a required reading assignment because of numerous obscenities. Published in 1971, the book is presented as the diary of a teenage girl and details her troubled life, particularly emphasizing the reality and perils of teen drug addiction.

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  • I read this book in as a sophomore in high school. It saved my life. I was 15, had started down the drug road, when I came across this book in my high school library. Best thing that ever happened to me. Alice was my inspiration for getting my life together. Thank you to Ms. Sparks for either writing or putting this novel out there. It changed my life forever. I stopped doing drugs April 18th 1984. Thank you Alice, fictional or real, you changed my life, & my children’s. If you have a child that you believe is experimenting with drugs or sex, THIS should be required reading. Thank you

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