I just got home from spring semester and caught up on the past few Alice books, and I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed them for the past ten years or so. I don’t remember how old I was when I read The Agony of Alice – probably a little bit younger than Alice herself, actually – but I’m twenty-one now and a rising senior at Georgetown, and I still can’t get over how much I like all the books (I’ve read all except the prequels). My mom got me the first book with a bunch of others from the library, and it was a few years before I realized that you’d continued writing about Alice. At first she seemed so much more grown-up than I was, although now that I’m a little bit older than she is, I can really appreciate how hard it must be to write her so convincingly at every age.
I like Alice because she always does seem like such a real girl – so much so that when she’s kissing boys or otherwise being intimate with them, I always get a little bit embarrassed because I feel as though I’m invading her privacy. All the characters, really, act like real people I knew in high school or know now in college (another thing I love, now, about the Alice books are the many references to places I know! I can just see the Georgetown Chimes singing naked for charity, for example), and even though Alice can get a little preachy from time to time, I’ve always seen so much not only of myself but of my female friends in her, Pamela, and Elizabeth.
Thanks again for writing them. Best wishes.
It’s wonderful to know that a college senior is still enjoying the Alice books. Thanks so much for taking time from your own busy life to write to me.