- By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Intensely Alice

  • Title: Intensely Alice
  • Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • ISBN: 9781416975519
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Intensely Alice Wouldn t it be great to go back to the time before Pam got pregnant before Patrick left for the University of Chicago before anyone was making any big decisions about sex or college or life in gener

    Wouldn t it be great to go back to the time before Pam got pregnant, before Patrick left for the University of Chicago, before anyone was making any big decisions about sex or college or life in general Wouldn t it be great to get the whole gang together again, just once What it takes for this to happen will change Alice and the whole gang forever A funeral is not a hWouldn t it be great to go back to the time before Pam got pregnant, before Patrick left for the University of Chicago, before anyone was making any big decisions about sex or college or life in general Wouldn t it be great to get the whole gang together again, just once What it takes for this to happen will change Alice and the whole gang forever A funeral is not a happy reunion Full of life the good, the bad, and the heartbreaking the latest Alice book reminds us just how much can change in an instant.

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    1. Like a lot of the later books, this one doesn’t so much have a plot or themes so much as it’s a sequence of events vaguely tied to a season. In the summer before her senior year, Alice is a bridesmaid again, this time at her cousin Carol’s wedding; she visits Patrick on the University of Chicago campus, where he’s already started university; she volunteers at a soup kitchen; she and her friends house-sit in Lester’s apartment and get a taste of living on their own. These events are ove [...]

    2. Yeah, yeah, I know, but I've read all the Alice books (again: yeah, yeah, I know). The latest one isn't bad, about on par with the rest of them. I do suspect we're seeing Alice's life maybe a little too closely--it's all very realistic, but I think a lot of her conversations don't need to be represented. (This latest book is Alice and her Crisis of Faith, so most of her conversations revolve around her questions of God. There's also a Bible-thumping character who is actively pestering everyone e [...]

    3. Let me just start by saying that Alice McKinley is one of my favorite characters. When I first started reading this serious I thought that Alice's character was too goody. But I love how Phyllis Reynolds Naylor shows the life of a teenage girl without going overboard. I love how real the characters are and all the unexpected problems. I really wasn't expecting the death in this story but like the description said this book is a reminder of just how much can change in an instant. I can't wait to [...]

    4. The plot of this Intensely Alice moves quickly and keeps you interested, but also does a good job of concentrating on moments that are important and that readers enjoy most. Its starts of with Alice and her friends beginning their last summer while attending high school. Alice then goes on a visit to Chicago for her aunt's wedding, and also meets her boyfriend Patrick there because he attends college at the UOC. Alice then returns home and volunteers with friends. During this time, tragic events [...]

    5. I think I prefer the summer books, because I like reading about Alice hanging out with her friends, not how much homework she has, and how busy she is with all her extra-curricular activities. And any book with Carol in it is a-okay in my book. But I'm SO tired of Alice and Patrick. Like, the last book won't even be out for two more years, yet I'm already sure that Alice with either marry Patrick, or end up with him in her older years at the end of the book. But I digress There's a few chapters [...]

    6. It's always Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's books that make me cry the most. There's no way I can talk about this without talking about the ending, except to say that it hit me as hard as the end of her earlier book Alice in April, 16 books ago or so.Though it's very obvious she makes Alice the normal, the middle, the median character in comparison to her more extreme friends, in order to give a relatable archetype, she still does it with such care that Alice never seems like a caricature - she seems [...]

    7. A long-running series about Alice McKinley, a young teen whose struggles with the various challenges of growing up serve as a springboard for different issues, from faith to death to sexuality, and more. Alice is a a very realistically-drawn character that I'm sure many young readers can relate to. I appreciate the conversational tone the author takes, and how she works in different "issues" in a very easy way. In this book, Alice wonders if she will "go all the way" with her boyfriend Patrick w [...]

    8. What a sober ending to the book. What a sad surprise. Mark really was becoming so much better now that he was friends more with Keeno than Brian. I really did not expect him to die like that - another important life lesson taught by Alice and her friends. I feel so incredibly bad for Mark's parents, who were so generous and cared so much about their only child. Life can be unpredictable and inexplicable sometimes - a lot of the time. I wonder if Mark's death will sober Bryan up and push him into [...]

    9. February 2018 re-read.I took three Alice books on vacation this year and read through them quickly. I still love these stories, though the tone changed a bit when she left middle school for high school. Still, love the embarrassing moments she hasn't quite grown out of and love the back-n-forth between Alice and Lester.

    10. Most of this book was a 3 star but the way some emotional things were handled at the end was good enough for a bump. This series is definitely starting to deal with some more adult themes!I have been reading this series since I was in sixth grade and I don’t care what you think about me being 26 and still bound and determined to finish. Only 4 more to go!

    11. Alice's summer between junior and senior year of high school is looking pretty dull, so she livens it up a little. She visits Chicago for her cousin's wedding and spends time with Patrick, who is a student at the university. Alice and friends help out at a soup kitchen. They also deal with some tragedy.Book takes place: Summer before senior year.Alice's life lessons: You don't have to have all the answers now.Best Alice moment(s): Alice and Patrick on the bench (duh!!); The Naked Nomads; Alice's [...]

    12. I first started reading the Alice series in 4th or 5th grade. I have grown up with these books and have loved each and every one of them. Intensely Alice starts off with Alice and her friends just wanting to do something for the summer. She sees that her family have already made plans for themselves and decides that she is going to go to Chicago and visit her boyfriend Patrick at his college dorm. Meanwhile, the gang meets up at Mark Stedmeister's pool, like they've done every year, since middle [...]

    13. I was really looking forward to this book because it had been banned. When I initially looked at the list of banned books I could not believe how many books I had read that were "banned." For instance, I had no idea To Kill a Mockingbird was a banned book. I believe this book was banned because it discussed, sex, religion, and teen pregnancy. It also discussed alcohol even though the main characters never drank. I think the book was also banned because I saw that it said Ages 14^ I personally wo [...]

    14. This is the 21st book in the Alice series. It's been a while since I've read any of the books in the series and the last book (I think) came out in June so I wanted to catch up and finish the series. I often don't read the inside jacket of the cover of a book because sometimes it gives too much of the story away. This is one of the times I wish I hadn't read the blurb. Something big and bad was going to happen and I wish I hadn't known this. I was expecting it the entire book, I had an idea of w [...]

    15. Phylis Reynolds Naylor has been writing about Alice since 1988 when I was in junior high and I have been keeping up with her ever since. Alice has come a long way since 5th grade; in Intensely Alice (24th edition), we see her during the summer between her junior and senior years of high school. In a busy summer, she is a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding (complete with bachelorette party). She visits her boyfriend at his new university. The whole gang volunteers at a homeless feeding kitchen. H [...]

    16. It's the summer after junior year and Alice is contemplating taking things to the next level with Patrick. When she travels to Chicago for her cousin Carol's wedding she makes arrangements to stay with Patrick in the dorms and prepares for what could be their first night together.While they do end up exploring one another in a sexual way, they do not take the full on plunge into a sexual relationship. Meanwhile, during a week spent volunteering with her friends in a soup kitchen Alice and the ot [...]

    17. I think I started reading the Alice books about ten years ago and I've really enjoyed them (I think my favorite is Alice In-Between, where they go to Chicago) and I even got my sister to read them (she likes Alice in Lace due to the abundance of Patrick and Alice). I was younger than Alice but now am quite bit older (it's the summer before her senior year in high school in this book).So I was very excited to read the next installment but this one unfortunately left me feelingh. I don't think tha [...]

    18. It's the summer before senior year, and Alice and her friends are ready to have fun. Little do they know how much their lives are about to change. Alice attends her cousin's wedding in Chicago and gets to see her boyfriend Patrick while visiting. Unfortunately, toward the end of summer, a tragedy occurs that affects Alice and her friends in more ways than they can imagine.As per usual, this book is full of fun times and little events up until the very end of the book, when the tragedy happens. I [...]

    19. This was one of my favorite books in the series. So much happens in this book, and it's all handled incredibly well.It's the summer between Alice's junior and senior year. Patrick has already started college, so Alice is left boyfriendless for the summer. She and her friends get involved in many adventures - breaking into a cemetery, taking care of Les' place while he and his roommates are on vacation, and volunteering at a soup kitchen.The biggest parts to the book include: Alice visits Patrick [...]

    20. Though this seems like a common trend as I read reviews or anything about this series, but I have been reading the 'Alice' books since about 4th grade when my grandma picked out a copy of 'Alice in April' for me at a school book fair and have been in love with the series ever since (I am now 23 and a college grad). I eagerly await each book that comes out, and wonder how it will all end. 'Intensely Alice' is another great addition to the series. What Alice and her friends and family go through a [...]

    21. This book in the Alice series follows Alice in her summer before her senior year, in which she visits Patrick at college in Chicago (alone!), volunteers at a soup kitchen, and experiences a huge tragedy among her friends. I did not see the ending coming, although looking back, it does seem a little obvious. Doesn’t it seem like Alice, throughout this series, has had a lot of “stuff” happen to her? Lots of traumas and drama…comparatively, my teenage years were really boring! If suggesting [...]

    22. I have been routinely disappointed with the recent Alice books. Not only do the characters seem less real, but the stories seem very outdated. Naylor fixes in on some uninteresting thoughts or conversations and skips on entire events that could have made the book a lot better. I wanted to see Alice at the local pharmacy buying her first pack of condoms! The ending felt rushed and fake. And I think she picked to wrong character to kill off. I hope the future Alice books get better. I miss relatin [...]

    23. The latest in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's fabulous "Alice" series, which I've been reading since I was 11 and the literary Alice's age. Now I'm 27 and feel like I'm reading about myself at 17. That's what I love about these books: I related to them when I was Alice's age, and she's reminded me of herself ever since I surpassed her age. In this installment, Alice attends her cousin's wedding, volunteers at a soup kitchen, gets a little freaky with her boyfriend, and experiences a huge loss. As usua [...]

    24. Alice is growing up - and so are the issues that Naylor tackles. To be honest, I feel unsure at times about the maturity of the content. I realise that students are questioning more issues and pushing more boundaries than when I was young. Or are they just talking about it more? What is the role of literature in all of this? Does literature allow us to talk about what is already there? Can literature push readers to explore areas that they would otherwise not necessarily think of? Naylor normali [...]

    25. This book was about a girl named Alice and her friends. Alice and her friends are really close like brothers and sisters. They are spending the summer together trying to find something adventurous to do. Alice leaves town one day to visit her cousin and her boyfriend when she gets back something tragic happens to one of her friends then everything starts to go down hill.I like the characters in the book they were very interesting. I would recommend this book to a people who love to read books wi [...]

    26. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is an author that's NOT afraid to go there! My gosh, this book took ALOT out of me. The last 30 pages just made me sob like a baby. Yeah, there were parts of this book that I thought were a little boring or a little too descriptive, but it was one of the Alice books that I just couldn't put down. There are no words to really describe this book and make people who've had doubts about continuing the series read up until this book. It is that kind of emotion in this book tha [...]

    27. I think I'm getting too old for Alice, but it's always interesting seeing the kinds of situations that drive her life. I think Alice and Patrick are going to fulfill that awful YA trope where the girl ends up happily marrying a boy she knew in high school, but I'm kind of excited to see that happen all the same. Alice may not be the most interesting girl in the world (or even the most average; as other reviewers have noted, there's no way all these things could happen to one group of people unle [...]

    28. Oh Alice. How I wish I knew you when I was younger.It's the summer before Alice's senior year, and there's not a lot going on - she and her friends work during the day and hang out at night with their guy friends. Alice gets to go visit Patrick at college and Elizabeth starts a new romance.The end is very sad and even though I saw it coming a mile away, it still made me cry kind of embarrassingly a lot.

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