Daily Archives: July 23, 2011

Forever a Fan

Question:

I really just want to let you know how much I love the Alice series. I know you probably get this alot, but I thought you should know how much these books mean to me. I”m fifteen years old, and not only has these books helped me through some of the toughest years of my life (especially starting high school last year), but they have also kept me entertained through MANY hot summer days and cold winter nights. I have read all of the Alice books (up until Alice In Charge, still trying to get my hands on a copy) and I have to say the thing I love the most about these books is how relatable they are. There’s nothing special about Alice, she’s just a normal teen like me, and I love how I can relate to some of the problems she goes through in her day-to-day life. I also love how I feel like Alice is a best friend I’ve known since 3rd grade. I mean, I actually feel like I really know her! Another one of my favourite things about these books is how they cover EVERY topic. Alice has experienced many things, some I can relate to, some I can’t, but I use those books as a How-To guide, and I feel like I’m prepared for whatever life throws at me. Sometimes, when I’m in a bad situation, I think of something Alice has gone through, and think to myself, it could be worse! Even until now, until I’m writing down all the things I love about these books, I didn’t realize how much they really mean to me. So thank-you for giving me one of the best friends I’ve ever had and for being such an amazing author, you are truely one of my idols.  Forever a fan,

 

Phyllis replied:

What a lovely letter.  I especially appreciate that you view Alice as just an ordinary girl, whom I’ve tried to follow as honestly as I think she would live her life.  She is not brilliant or greatly talented in some particular way, she is not supposed to be “The All American Girl” nor necessarily a role model.  She just IS.  But she’s someone I like a lot, perhaps she’s the daughter I never had, I don’t know.  Some of the things that happened to her happened to my mother back in 1914!   Some of the things she goes through are things that happened to me or my friends when we were growing up.   Feelings are the same, no matter in what age they happen, and I’m so glad to know that these books resonated with you.

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Books in Order

Question:

I am a big fan of your Alice books and I’m so confused. How many books are there on total now because Amazon says there are 24 but your website says 21….. I am confused, I think you are right though. I just wanted to check because I didn’t want to read them out of order. Thanks! have a great rest of the summer!

Phyllis replied:

Go to the Alice website, www.alicemckinley.com and you will see “The Books in Order” at the top of the page.  Click on it, and it lists all but the last few books.  (I’ll ask our tech guy to bring it up to date.)  The missing ones are “Alice in Charge,” “Incredibly Alice,” and the two that are yet to come out, “Alice on Board” and “Always Alice” (2012 and 2013).  What may be confusing is that the publisher recently put all three books of her freshman year in high school in a fat paperback edition and titled it “I Like Him, He Likes Her.”  They put all three books of her sophomore year in a big paperback and titled that, “It’s Not Like I Planned it This Way,” and the three books of her junior year have been published in a collection titled “Please Don’t be True.”  When “Alice on Board” comes out next year, they will publish the three  books of her senior year in a big paperback, but I don’t know the title yet.  The very last Alice book that will end the series, “Always Alice,” will probably appear all alone–whether they will eventually include that in a collection, I don’t know.

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Fat/thin

Question:
 All around me, girl’s are always complaining how ‘fat’ they are and how ‘gross’ they look. This isn’t just my close friends, but girls in my classes and my neighbors are constantly talking about how they are fat and need to lose weight.A lot of them are very skinny girls, and I am curvy and have a full figure and I feel bad all the time. I don’t know how to keep my self esteem up when girls 30 pounds skinner than me are talking about how gross there bodies are. If they think they are fat they must think i am gigantic! I don’t know what to do and how to stay positive about these thigns.
 
Phyllis replied:
 
First, we have to accept that there are several ways to view your body: what girlfriends think of it, what guys think of it, what the doctor thinks of it, and how you yourself feel about it, and all four may be entirely different.  What is considered beautiful and sexy in one culture can seem over (or under) the top in another.  To many people, and I’m one of them, some of the models in fashion magazines-especially of teenage girls–appear to be prisoners of war, with bony shoulders and knees and stick-like arms and legs.  But extremely overweight people have me worrying about the effects on their heart and lungs and knees.  Somewhere, just recently, I came across an experiment in which men were supposed to rate photos of women according to their sexiness; it was not the super thin women who were chosen the most, but photos of rather voluptuous women.  If I were in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry about whether other girls considered me thin or fat.  And I would keep in mind that for every figure on earth, there are men who appreciate that type of woman, if it’s romance you have in mind.

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