Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hard to Wait

Question:
 
The very first time I read an Alice book was when I was 8 years old. My mom found starting with Alice and I loved it. I am now 11 and I still love the Alice books, I introduced them to my bestfriend and now were both fighting over what will happen in the last book. The suspence is killing us. The Alice Mckinley series has been my favourite book for almost 4 years now. You’re my favourite authour and I can’t wait for the next 2 books
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
It’s hard to wait until 2013, I know, but I’m so glad to know you’re enjoying the series.

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Kept Me Interested for 8 Years

Question:
 
I love the Alice Series. I started reading the series about 8 years ago. Since then, I’ve been reading the series over and over again. I love how much I can relate to Alice. I am now a sophomore in high school, and every summer, I grab the 5 or so most recent books plus the newest one and spend a day just reading them over again. I can’t wait until the last two come out, I’ve been wanting to know what happens to Patrick and Alice since about 3 years ago! It is an amazing series, and I can honestly say, it’s the only series that has kept me interested for the last 8 years. Your writing is absolutely amazing, and thank you so much for writing these books!
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
I love hearing that readers read them all over again.  Makes it all worthwhile. 

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Don’t Know What to Do

Question:

 I am 15 years old and I am completly ingrossed in your books. I have one chapter left of Intensly Alice and I am not ready to finish it because there arent any more out yet. I LOVE the fact that your books can be read in almost any order. Well kinda. I started with Alice’s freshman year while I was a freshman. She goes through so much that I have gone through. I am kinda having the same problem with The Penny-Patrick-Alice thing. I had just started dating a guy and I met his bestfriend. Now, this guy im dating is completly anti-social.. And his betfriend is outgoing like me. And we got along great. Till my boyfriend banned me from speaking and hanging out with him. But I am not the kinda girl to be pushed around, so I kept talking to him. But one of my bestfriends was dating this guy I was friends with, And when they broke up….. she blamed it on me. OH WAIT THERE IS MORE :/ So, This guy started dating another girl I was friends with and yep, you guessd it. I “Broke” Them up as well. I was kinda flattered… to tell you the truth, Because I didnt do anything. But now me and my “Boyfriend” broke up because he wanted sex and I didnt so he went crawling back to his Ex who smokes pot. And he did this the night after we went on a date and I went to my grandma’s house a few towns over. Nice huh? So anyway, now this guy I was banned from speaking to are hanging out again and I feel really comfterble around him. I dont have to be perfect, and as gross as it sounds, I can fart, burp, laugh my LOUDDD laugh around him. But I dont know if its too soon to do anything about it.  

 

Phyllis replied:

Anything about…..?   Sex?  Standard advice:  If you’re not sure, don’t.   Sounds as though you feel pretty comfortable around this guy, but he doesn’t come across to me as exactly first class material.  Does he to you?

 

 

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Any Ideas for the Final Book?

Question:


Hello. I have written to you a couple of years ago and now I am back! I finally got my hands on your latest Alice McKinley book, and I loved it! It was another wonderful book to read for the summer and I’m so sad that I finished it in two days!  I’m even more sad that there is only two books left, I just checked out your website and I see that Aways Alice will be released in 2013..I wish 2013 could get here by tomorrow haha! I can’t wait to read the last two books, I hope whatever you do, please end the series on a GREAT note!

I started reading the Alice series after my wonderful 6th grade English teacher recommended the books to me.  At the time, Alice was just starting middle school and I happen to have started middle school, so I guess I am a little older than Alice? How ironic is that? So you can pretty much conclude that Alice and I have grown up together.  I will never ever get tired of reading the series, and even though I am excited to read the conclusion, I am just as sad because it also means that this is the end of the series.  I felt the same way when part 2 of Harry Potter came out in theaters this summer.  It’s a lot like saying good bye to a very, very good friend.  In 2013, I will be 21 years old, and I think you picked a perfect year to end the series.  I think turning 21 will be a good time to say good bye to Alice, good bye to my teen years and move on to adulthood.  I am SO lucky to have picked up your book, I get so excited when May rolls around every year because I know a new Alice book will be released.  I know I’ll feel right at home, even if I may not be exactly at home, when I’m reading your book and laughing at all the silly things Alice gets herself into. 

Thank you so writing such amazing books!  Sometimes I wonder where in the world would I be if Alice was never born? Have you started a draft for the next book? Any ideas for the final book? You probably can’t exactly answer my question but please give me a hint!!

Phyllis replied:

Thanks so much for your email.  The final two books have ALREADY been written, and are on my editor’s desk.  They will be published, as always, in May, one in 2012 and the last one in 2013.  All I can tell you is that the final book, following the big events in Alice’s life from age 18 to 60, is perhaps my favorite of the series.  A LOT happens.

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Freaking Out

 
Question:

 

I have just finished reading “Alice in a Rapture, Sort Of” and  i’m going into the seventh just like Alice in this book too, I am freaking out because  I’m not sure if I’m reading for seventh grade i mean like all the new teachers, students and harder subjects. Do you have any advice for the me ?…
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
Whatever you are facing in seventh grade at your school, ALL the seventh graders will be facing.  You will be one of many, all with the same worries and deadlines, and a problem never seems as bad when you don’t have to go it alone.   

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The Whole Series every summer!

 Question:


I have been reading Alice books since I was in grade 7 (Canada). I am now 24 and still love reading THE WHOLE SERIES of Alice every summer. I plan to pass it on to my two nieces when they reach grade 3 and my own girls one day. Alice is so special and so ordinary and has taught me so much over the years. Thank you and please consider continuing these books every year until she dies – there are never too many lessons for Alice!

Phyllis replied:

 

I think I will keep the end of the Alice series as I planned it, Alice at age 60.  But I do think you will like the final book.  It may be my favorite.

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Always Alice

 
 
Question:
 
Will there be another movie other than “Alice Upside Down” . And one more thing on the the last Alice book “Always Alice ” will it be talking about Alice’s life  from 18 to 60  or will it just be talking about all of Alice’s life ?
 
 

Phyllis replied:

As far as I know, there is not another Alice movie being planned at this time.  The very last Alice book in the series, “Always Alice,” to come out in 2013, will have scenes from Alice at 18 all the way up to 60, covering the big moments of her life.  It will not include her whole life; the Alice books already cover Alice from third grade on. 

 

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