I was reading the Alice blog (as I do every year, right before the latest book is about to come out), and since the last book is coming out so soon, I felt compelled to write you and thank you for bringing Alice into my life. I bought The Agony of Alice at a school book fair in the third or fourth grade, and it really did change my life. I’ll never forget the comfort I felt at knowing that Alice was always embarrassed about something ridiculous too, and thinking that maybe I wasn’t so awkward and weird after all. It’s funny how well I could relate to Alice back then, and how nothing has changed for me now, at 24 as an almost attorney (I just took the bar). I have loved reading every single book, and still eagerly await each Alice book every year all the same. I know that Alice is a fictional character, but she feels so real to me, and the thought that after October I’ll never have another Alice book to wait for both boggles my mind and makes me incredibly sad. I am sure that you receive similar e-mails all the time, but I just really wanted you to know how much I love Alice, her friends, her world, and most importantly, her flaws. I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine growing up without Alice, and I can’t wait to share her with any daughters I may have in the future. So again, thank you a million times over!
Also, I saw on your blog that you will be going on a book tour–I live in the DC metro area, and I would more than love to come. Do you know where I could find details?
I feel a little sad too about letting her go, and yes, I am hearing from readers all over the globe. The first stop on my national book tour will actually be here in Maryland, at the Takoma Park Library on the evening of October 15th (pub date) in connection with the Politics and Prose Bookstore. Please check the library for the exact time. I would love to meet you. Thank you so much for your email, and best of luck on the bar exam!