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Alice, 18, is graduating from high school in this twenty-sixth title in the popular Alice series, and as she anticipates the pain and excitement of leaving home, she works through big issues with friends, boyfriends, and family members. As always, Alice makes mistakes as well as some disturbing discoveries: she is savvy about sexual facts, although she is still a virgin, but she is shocked to discover that a classmate is considering having labial reduction surgery. The graduation ceremony forms a satisfying conclusion and ends with the suggestion that more installments are coming.--Rochman, Haze. Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Gr 9 Up-This book picks up where Alice in Charge (S & S, 2010), left off. Alice begins her second trimester of senior year with the realization that she's never competed for anything before. In an effort to make the most of her remaining time, she decides to try out for one of the lead roles in the school musical, but landing it means cutting back on her other activities and meeting new people. Will she be able to stay faithful to her boyfriend, Patrick, while he's at college? And what will happen next year, when Patrick studies abroad in Spain and her friends are all at different schools? Although it's refreshing to read a YA novel in which the female protagonist is smart and funny and has a good relationship with her family, readers new to the series will long for something more exciting from Alice and her one-dimensional friends. Very little happens in this installment; the plot lacks focus and drags along slowly. The resolutions are too neat, and the writing walks a fine line between being sunny and saccharine. Purchase for avid fans of the series.-Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.