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Enjoyed Them Even More in English

Comment:

Today I would like to thank you very much for writing your Alice books. They have accompanied me throughout all my teenage years. Sometimes I feel like I grew up with Alice as a good friend and guide by my side. Reading the Alice book series has given me so much in my life. I laughed and I cried with Alice.

I’m from Germany and I got introduced to your book series by a friend when I was in middle school. After having read the first book I couldn’t stop and read all of the ones which were available at that time.  Unfortunately at some point in time they stopped translating the books to German so I just switched to reading them in English. I must say that I fell in love with your books even more when I started to read them in their original language.

I think you are a magnificent author with an extraordinary spelling style. You are able to touch people’s hearts by your words. I really think you should know that.

Now I am 23 years old and looking back on my teenager years I must inevitably think of my journey with Alice. I believe she helped and guided me through many phases of my life. Those books brought so much joy to me – thank you for writing them and thereby being a big support for many girls around the world!

Much love from Germany and a very merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Phyllis replied:

What a lovely message to begin the holiday season!  I’ve always wondered if my books are enjoyed more in English than in translation. I wish all my Alice readers a happy time with family and friends.  For me, the New Year will find my brother in Oregon, one granddaughter in India, another in Australia, my older son and his wife in Minnesota, so I will be spending Christmas with the one relative I’ve got closer, our younger son and his family in New Jersey.  Many families, I know, are spread out across the country and across the globe, and it’s wonderful that we have so many ways to connect.  May the New Year bring some peace and calm to our lives and to this world.

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It Happened to Me

Comment:

Thank you so very much for writing the Alice series and broaching such
a diverse array of complicated situations. I’ve read of theories in
Crucial Conversations that people generally want to do the right thing
and sometimes lack in clarity over what that is (such as what to say
to a person cutting in line) but will act in healthy ways if they have
seen a demonstrated “script” of how to handle these sticky situations.
I’m sure you are well aware of these theories and I’ve found your
series to be a wealth of these “scripts” where Alice and other
characters demonstrate an effective way to move forward through these
situations, complete with the honest ugly feelings that sometimes go
with it.

I read “Now I’ll Tell You Everything” as soon as you released it a
couple years ago after following the series since I was 9 (I’m 35
now). Recently after a major life transition I found myself in the
beginnings of an emotional affair. When I read about Alice and
Patrick’s difficulties I remember judging Patrick very harshly, and
thinking that would never happen to us. I wondered why Patrick was
coming clean to Alice when he hadn’t technically done anything wrong,
and didn’t that just make it worse? I firmly believe that it is
thanks to your stories that I was able to admit to myself the pattern
in my own behavior much earlier than I otherwise would have, and was
able to realize at an early stage what it was I had to do, and really
even how to do it and possibly what to expect. I reread Patrick’s
confession as I came to my own resolutions, and while we are not fully
out of the woods yet, I firmly believe that your book (which my
husband bought for me) has thus far played a significant role in
preserving our marriage. Like Patrick, I decided to be candid and
honest and accept full responsibility for the situation, and prayed
that my husband would be as patient and forgiving as Alice, and he was
above and beyond. I’d swear, he seems to love me more since I told
him …. He’s a much better human being than I could ever dream of
becoming … I’ve learned to appreciate my family much more through
this experience as I confronted the possibility of losing them if I
continued down that path. Seeing how hurt Alice was as she cried at
the copier showed me how much I could be hurting my husband in ways he may not know or be telling me.

Thank you again so very much for all you have done for myself and my
family, and so many in the world who may or may not know their lives
have been touched by Alice.

Phyllis replied:

Thank you so much for your email.  I was very moved by it, and am happy for you and  your husband that the experience drew you closer.  Sometimes life works that way.  We skirt the edge of danger and get a sense of all we would lose, and it makes the life we have all that more
precious.

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Letter From Germany

Comment:

I don’t really know if you are ever going to read this. But anyway, I want to tell you something.

I don’t exactly remember how old I was when I first encountered one of your Alice books. I must have been about 12 or so, when I was at a local bookstore and I was looking for a new book. Then I discovered “The Agony of Alice” and “Alice in Rapture, Sort of”. Those two books were stuffed into one paperback. My decision was quite quick and I purchased it. As soon as I was done with the first two books of the Alice Series, I had to buy one after another. I didn’t always read them in order because sometimes when I wanted to buy the following book, it was out of order, so that I had to buy another one. But no matter which book you read, you can always follow and even if you haven’t read the book before, you can understand everything. At some point, I had read them all. Even the two of the three books before “The Agony of Alice”. The Alice series have probably been my favorite books of all time.

Two weeks ago, I decided to read them all again. 14 books, one after another. I read one per day. And even now, with the age of 18, I still love them. It doesn’t matter that Alice is younger than I am, I still love, love, love the way the Alice books are written. I love Lester’s sense of humor. I love Alice and her, sometimes weird, thoughts. How she overreacts sometimes. I had to cry so bad when Mrs. Plotkin died in hospital. I felt the pain Alice had to feel when she broke up with Patrick. While reading, I can just be in the world Alice is living in.

And what is even more; I always thought the Alice series had ended after book nr. 14. But I was wrong. They just hadn’t been translated into German anymore! And when I found the Alice homepage, I found out that there are up to 25(!!!) books! So of course, I just had to order the following ones. And Phyllis, I can’t tell you how excited I am that the Alice story is actually going on!!

Well, I guess, what I actually wanted to tell you: I am just in love with the Alice books. It is so much fun reading them, and sometimes I sit in bed and have to laugh about what Lester just said or what Alice just did. I can sort of relate to Alice at some points and I just want to let you know that it makes me so happy reading them. I guess I want to thank you for what you have published.

I just wanted to let you know. And I am seriously so happy to know that it hasn’t ended yet and I can’t wait to hold number 15, Patiently Alice, in my hands.  I hope you are well and I wish you all the best,

Phyllis replied:

It’s always a pleasure to hear from readers in another country.  I guess your are reading German translations of the Alice books, and of course that makes me curious how they handle sensitive passages.  Now I will make you even happier by telling you that there are a total of 28 Alice books, not 25, not including the 3-book paperback bindups of her high school years.  I know how you feel about the sad parts.  I cried too when I wrote them.  And Lester always makes me laugh.  It’s hard for me to realize he’s just a character, not a real guy.  Thanks so much for taking the time to write to me.

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