I Hope that’s OK When you’re 14

Hi Phyllis! I just wanted to say thanks so much for writing these books. I cannot believe Alice is a SENIOR in high school! I picked up The Agony of Alice in 4th grade way back in elementary school, and ever since I’m so glad I did. I really feel like I can relate to her awkwardness (well, at least when she’s younger). I think in the newer books now that she’s older she’s much more mature and doesn’t embarrass herself quite as much; I really wish you would put some more embarrassing scenes haha, it would make her much more relatable and I miss the old confused Alice. I’ve been through most of the things Alice goes through, except for with boys. I’m helpless when it comes to boys. I’m just so shy around them. Anyways, I’m now a freshman in high school and I just realized that the last book is right after I graduate! It’s so scary to think I’ll soon be going to college! (Well not really soon…but 3 1/2 yrs isn’t really that long) And I think having the last Alice book will definitely be good closure 🙂  Do you have any idea what she’s going to major in or what college she is going to? Since my sister went off to college this year, and seeing her confusion and mess last year, it’s really got me thinking of what I want to do with my life. I don’t know what I want to do, though, and I hope that’s okay when you’re 14. Well, thanks again and can’t wait for the new books!

Phyllis replied:


Not only is it OK, but it’s probably the norm.  The most important thing you need to do in the next 3 1/2 years is figure out what you do best and what you enjoy doing most.  This may keep you from preparing for a job you may not be suited for just because your aunt did it or your mom thinks you’d be good at it or somebody told you you’d make a lot of money.  And if you want to see Alice embarrass herself, you’ll enjoy “Alice in Charge,” coming out next June.

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