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Alice has decided she needs priorities in her life -- and the first is to get her favorite teacher, Miss Summers, to marry her father. The only problem is that the vice principal, Mr. Sorringer, wants to marry Miss Summers too, and Miss Summers seems to be having trouble making up her mind.How can someone be in love with two people at the same time? It doesn't make sense tAlice has decided she needs priorities in her life -- and the first is to get her favorite teacher, Miss Summers, to marry her father. The only problem is that the vice principal, Mr. Sorringer, wants to marry Miss Summers too, and Miss Summers seems to be having trouble making up her mind.How can someone be in love with two people at the same time? It doesn't make sense to Alice -- until Sam, her friend from Camera Club, starts to pay attention to her. Sam is quiet and gentle, and a terrific dancer -- Alice likes being with him. But Alice has been Patrick's girlfriend for almost two years -- so why is she interested in another guy?...

Title : Achingly Alice
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ISBN : 9780689863967
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 149 Pages
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Achingly Alice Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-02-28 19:40

    I don't know why everyone has such a tizzy about these books. They are quite wholesome in my opinion. It's nothing that girls on a playground aren't discussing everyday in any town.

  • Logan Hughes
    2019-02-17 03:29

    Alice goes too far trying to engineer a happy ending for her dad and Miss Summers, but she gains some sympathy for Miss Summers' torn-between-two-lovers drama as she gets to know Sam from Camera Club while still dating Patrick. (Christmas through spring, eighth grade)Random Observations:* I'm calling it: this is the book when Alice officially becomes a boring stick-in-the-mud. She complains like a crotchety old woman about watching the ball drop at New Years, yet turns down an unsupervised party because "I'm not ready for those kinds of parties yet." No kid has ever believed she's "not ready for" any adult milestone, except maybe the odd goody-two-shoes, socially backward nerd who only ever speaks to adults, which I guess Alice is!* The storyline where Elizabeth is scared to have her first pelvic exam at first seems intended to reassure girls that it's not that bad, and I think this is a totally worthy goal; I remember being scared of the gynecologist when I was that age. But this portrayal only makes it worse! It plays on girls' fears without reassuring them. The exam itself remains mysterious, since it's not witnessed by a POV character, only related later by the most melodramatic and puritanical character in the series. She's mortified by the procedure, reinforcing the idea--or introducing it, if a girl didn't already feel that way--that having your vagina examined by a doctor is, and should be, shameful and terrifying.* I think this is the first book which begins the annoying narrative feature of having Alice list unconnected things in her life without going into any of them or explaining the connection. Like, "Things are up in the air with Dad and Miss Summers; Marilyn is working at the Melody Inn; I'm getting to know Sam; and Elizabeth has a new baby brother." Just pick a topic. There are a few amusing scenes and incidents, but much of the book is summary and could easily be cut. Unfortunately, this will be a recurring theme as the series progresses.

  • MarinnaC
    2019-03-08 02:45

    I had followed Patrick and Alice together for a while while I was binging this series, and this was a welcomed change of pace. It was nice to see how Alice grew, and she's just enjoyable to be around- a friend I needed in middle school.

  • Kirsten
    2019-03-01 01:51

    I liked this one - and it even had a curve ball or two! My main objection is to the medical advice to douche! Um, no, please don't! - what year was this written again? But Alice's heart-to-heart with Miss Summers at the end was awesome. Each book has another incremental step toward Alice growing up.

  • Ellica
    2019-03-20 01:47

    Finished! In love with this book, although I don't think that this is the best book to read after reading "The Grooming Of Alice" (another book in the series) because the plot of this book was all before the plot in "The Grooming Of Alice"however, it's a really great book and I would recommend it to any 12 or teenage girl to read.

  • Joyce
    2019-02-26 01:33

    I was surprised that Sam wasn't as prominent as the summary made him sound, but I guess that could be chalked up to his quiet personality. Also, life has many aspects. Nice to read about Mr. McKinley and Miss Summers' relationship developing. A little scary to see Alice want to try guys other than Patrick. I wonder what Crystal had to tell Lester so soon after her wedding - some sort of problem with her new husband? Read this in a morning and afternoon at the library and on a bench in front of a grocery store.

  • Melody
    2019-02-24 19:39

    Another good Alice book. I get the sense that even though Alice is with Patrick, something might happen with Sam. Guess I'll keep reading the series to find out. And in this book, Alice tells a lie to Miss Summers which she agonizes over privately, and Miss Summers makes an announcement. I won't spoil what it is. On to the next Alice book...

  • Celinda Reyes
    2019-02-23 19:58

    Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as the rest I do like that we're starting to see Alice grow up & deal with more complicated problems. In this book we see everything from love to pelvic exams, and really get a small window into how awkward & confusing this time of your life is.

  • Morgan
    2019-02-17 22:57

    Not the strongest, but still good

  • Maria
    2019-02-24 21:49

    The winter of Alice's eighth grade year poses a whole new set of challenges and excitements. As the title suggests, Alice finds herself aching in a multitude of ways. She desperately wants her dad and favorite teacher, Miss Summers, to tie the knot, but Miss Summers is torn between Alice's dad and an old flame (who just happens to be the middle school vice principal, Mr. Sorringer).While Alice is at first angry at Miss Summers, she soon finds herself feeling a little more sympathy when Alice herself is unsure about wanting to stay with her boyfriend Patrick when she finds herself attracted to a different guy in her Camera Club. She struggles between her attachment to Patrick while wanting to maintain her independence and explore other options. I generally think the Alice books are pretty feminist in nature, but there are definitely some moments that make me shake my head. Alice's obsession with her dad marrying Miss Summers is particularly out of control in this book -- she goes as far as to lie to Miss Summers about seeing Mr. Sorringer out with another woman, which blows up in her face later. She also fantasizes that Miss Summers should quit her job teaching in order to become a wife to Ben and a mother to Alice, as if these two are mutually exclusive. Part of this is Alice's desperation to have a 'normal' family again (Alice's mom was a homemaker), but this underlying message of traditional gender roles bothers me.I'm pretty exited that Miss Summers has decided to move to England for a year, for my sake as well as her's. Alice seriously needed to stop obsessing over her dad's love life, and I'm sick of reading about it.Not one of the strongest books in the series, but it moves the plot along at a decent page and clears the way for brighter installments ahead.

  • Sara
    2019-03-16 19:41

    Recently I read the book "Achingly Alice" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, which is a story about Alice, the main character, and the events that take place as she tries to get her teacher to marry her father who're in love. The cover is what caught my eye as I thought it'd be a sweet romance considering the cover, it was bland though. The best part in this book honestly had to be when Alice was crying realizing she meddled too much in the lives of others. I felt she deserved to feel terrible for her nosiness. My biggest problem with this book was the fact that Alice and her friends kept talking about sex, adults and themselves. These characters are supposed to be in middle school, and it was tacky and disgusting for their age, if the author wanted to bring the concept in it would've been better if they were older. Truthfully I disliked this book, since the plot was dry; I was skimming most of the time. Not to mention the characters seemed unrealistic and downright annoying, I seriously wanted to punch Alice in the face multiple times. Surely I won't recommend this to any of my friends since they deserve to read a quality story, not this garbage.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-01 19:48

    Alice is really beginning to fret over her dad's love life and takes matters into her own hands to speed things up, but her fib about Mr. Sorringer seeing another woman doesn't help her dad out and makes her feel awful. It takes a walk in Miss Summer's shoes for Alice to understand what it's like to not be able to make up your mind about matters involving the heart as Alice herself has mixed emotions about Patrick and a boy from the Camera Club named Sam. Meanwhile, a yeast infection sends Elizabeth accompanied by Alice and Pamela to the doctor for her first pelvic exam. Some readers object to this type of material being included in the books in the Alice series and this series is among one of the most challenged annually. While I see how some readers would be shocked to see taboo subjects talked about so frankly I appreciate the way the author takes these moments to teach. Readers learn along with Alice and her friends learn what to expect when it will inevitably be their turn to experience a pelvic exam. Recommended for girls grades 6-8.

  • Katy
    2019-03-10 21:38

    I've been following the Alice Series for several years, and I think they're really good! Alice McKinley is a very relatable character and I think she makes a good role model. She's not slutty, rude, overly-dramatic, or the kind of girl you just wanna slap in the face(well, ok she can be when she does really stupid things, but oh well...). She's just average, and although she makes mistakes sometimes, you always know that she means well and is somehow always able to fix the problem at hand. I love the way she treats Amy, a girl with special needs. I also think she is the kind of girl that younger girls should look up to, as opposed to the infamously cruel and in-your-face Massie Block, one of the main characters from Lisi Harrison's "The Clique Series".Massie is rude, insensitive, selfish, and everything else that a tweenage girl should NOT want to be, but of course, they do because Massie is the most popular, rich, beautiful girl in school who leads their group "The Pretty Committee". My point is that Alice is the kind of girl that you should look up to.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-23 22:53

    Reynolds Naylor is so great at writing about adolescence, and this book explores many topics. One of Alice's friends gets her first pelvic exam, and goes into detail about it. While it could've come across as didactic, it is absolutely needed as girls reading this book are desperate to learn about what happens during an exam. Alice also has honest discussions about sex with her brother and dad. Her brother is a bit mortified, but her dad goes along with it and answers her with the truth. He is definitely rising to the top of my favorite dad characters of all time in child/teen lit.The story also has Alice crushing on another boy (while still liking Patrick), relationship issues between her father and Miss Summers, and Alice apologizing for a lie she told.

  • Megan
    2019-03-07 02:42

    Typical book from the Alice series. Alice is a good-natured girl dealing with growing up. Naylor deals with everyday issues in a realistic but light-hearted way.A parent objected to this book in my library because a character experiences her first pelvic exam, the doctor mentions masturbation, and Alice's brother uses the word "ejaculate." All these are dealt with in a way that is acceptable (in my opinion) for middle school readers. In fact, Alice and her family set a great example for teen girls because they talk frankly and openly about things that might be hushed in some families. Girls should know that they can talk to their parents about questions they have regarding sex. (For the record, in this book no one actually has sex or masturbates.)

  • Heather
    2019-03-13 23:57

    As I mentioned in my review of "Alice in April," an earlier book in this series, I love the characters in these books, particularly Alice's family. This story provides good doses of both humor and tough stuff, as do the rest of the Alice books that I've read. I didn't think this one was quite as funny as "Alice in April," though, and it seemed sort of repetitive: Alice still wants Miss Summers and her dad to get together and they still are moving too slowly for her. I would have liked to see more new stuff coming into play in "Achingly Alice."

  • Elissa
    2019-03-02 03:32

    Alice wants to get her life in order, so she focuses her attention on marrying off her dad, because she believes everything will be easier with a mother figure. Meanwhile, another boy is interested in Alice.Book takes place: Christmas and early spring of 8th grade.Alice's life lessons: Happiness is wanting what you already have.Best Alice moment(s): Alice and Patrick's drum lesson; dancing with Sam at the Valentine's Day dance; Elizabeth's pelvic; Christmas with Sylvia; Sylvia's announcement

  • Leigha's Little Library
    2019-02-24 22:30

    Child me: 5 starsAdult me: 4 stars*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group, except for kids reading erotica or something, of course.*

  • ♡ Kristina
    2019-02-24 00:50

    Banned Books 2011Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpointBanned Books 2006Reasons: offensive language and sexually explicitBanned Books 2003Reasons: sexual content, offensive language, unsuited to age groupBanned Books 2002Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age groupBanned Books 2001Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • Morgan B
    2019-03-08 22:44

    Alice Alice Alice, i love this books. this one is one of my favorites for sure. i gave this book four stars because it was wonderful. it kept me laughing. i laughed so hard i cried. it was hilarious. you should read this book if you have read and love the alice books. the next book in this series is Alice Alone.

  • Celine Parker
    2019-02-28 20:38

    In this Alice book, Alice learns what it means to stray from the one you love and be confused all together on who that might be. If Alice knows Partick is right for her, why is her heart telling her she should be with someone else? And why is Sylvia interested in another man when she has Alice's father?

  • Valerie
    2019-03-02 20:58

    I love the Alice books,and have recommended them to my students....Now they have finally found a following at school. The "updated, fresh new" frilly covers do NOT draw my middle school students to them. They like the versions with the more mature looking covers, but once they've dug inside they're sold, thank goodness!

  • Sara
    2019-03-12 22:56

    Este livro é de leitura rápida e nele acompanhamos os amores de Alice e do seu pai. Alice quer que a sua antiga professora de Inglês se case com o seu pai e quando esta se mostra indecisa entre o pai dela e o vice-diretor da sua escola não a compreende. Mas o destino troca-lhe as voltas e ela vê-se numa situação idêntica: não sabe se gosta mais de Sam ou de Patrick.

  • Kricket
    2019-03-03 22:38

    book 10. in which miss summers decides to spend a year teaching in england, and alice freaks out. she also begins to feel hot & bothered about patrick, but surprises herself by feeling attracted to another dude.

  • Emma
    2019-03-11 19:35

    This used to be my favorite of the series, but now I just find it to be a tad boring. Nothing in particular stands out about it. Alice didn't seem to experience really any growth throughout this book. To be completely honest this installment feels like fluff. Take it or leave it.

  • Lindsey
    2019-02-17 02:41

    Just okay for me...Elizabeth gets a pelvic exam, Alice worries over Ms. Summers and her dad, and tries to decide if she wants to play the field. The best part is the dinner conversation where Alice tells her dad and brother what she learned from Elizabeth's gynecologist visit:)

  • B
    2019-02-22 19:30

    #13 Still great series. Alice still has Patrick and is having physical thoughts about him but now has some interest in Sam from the Camera Club, Pamela's parents have separated, and Miss Summers, her dad's girlfriend, is moving to England for a year.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-11 19:57

    August 2012 re-read.Long live Alice!

  • Amethyst
    2019-03-02 00:50

    I hope I read this one, but idk...=P

  • Megan
    2019-03-09 00:48

    This book was ok. It wasn't my favorite and it wasn't very interesting. I think at some parts it was good but at others it could have had more work. Over all it wasn't very good.