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Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last

Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last

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by Susan Juby

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deAR gooSE,

Thank you for your letter. Too bad you won't be able to write. I guess you'll be too busy moving on. Me too. First of all, I'm quite busy socially. Very busy socially. Plus, my screenwriting is really taking off. I'm basically in discussions with some people. Producer-types. You know. They say moviemaking is the new novel writing. I'm pretty


deAR gooSE,

Thank you for your letter. Too bad you won't be able to write. I guess you'll be too busy moving on. Me too. First of all, I'm quite busy socially. Very busy socially. Plus, my screenwriting is really taking off. I'm basically in discussions with some people. Producer-types. You know. They say moviemaking is the new novel writing. I'm pretty much on the vanguard of that whole thing.Thanks for the memories.


I'm not sure that quite captures my emotional state. A more accurate reflection of how I feel would have been:

Dear Goose,


Alice Heart-Torn-into-Small-Pieces-and-Then-Thrown-Away MacLeod

Oh Goose, Goose! Why hast thou forsaken me?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The heroine of Alice I Think (about which PW said, "the author's dark wit virtually glitters on every page") is back in Alice Macleod, Realist at Last by Susan Juby. "If I hadn't decided to become a screenwriter recently I doubt I could cope with all the things going on in my life right now," writes the now 16-year-old, referring to her boyfriend's trip to Scotland, her mother's environmental protests landing the woman in jail, and her father's unemployment. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In her third book, Alice is facing grade 12 with several changes in her life. Her boyfriend is spending the year in Scotland and then wants to go to a college far away. Her best friend is in a pre-vet intensive program. And to top it all off, her mother has gone to prison for protesting at a mining facility. Her dad is forced to get a job, his first, and so is Alice. She waitresses, leads hikes, and helps out at Betty Lou's yarn shop. By the end of the book, she is still working, still trying to figure out boys, and has finished the play she is writing. Chapters alternate between the teen's diary entries and scenes from her screenplay in progress. Alice is an individual who will keep readers laughing. The dichotomy between what she describes and what readers are sure is happening will lead to smiles, and her experiences will ring true to many teenage girls. Her hippie parents and super-smart brother lend a few laughs. The book will be a hit with fans of the series and with readers who like romantic comedies.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Alice MacLeod of Smithers, B.C., finds herself at the beginning of the summer virtually cast adrift: Her therapist is in Vancouver, her best friend is in Wisconsin, her boyfriend is in Scotland and her environmental protester-mother is in jail. It's up to Alice to get a job to contribute to the family fortunes in her mother's absence, her hippie father never having actually been successfully employed. Nobody is more surprised than Alice when she finds herself with not one but two part-time jobs and not one but three male admirers. Alice's self-absorbed narration, true to the title, betrays more and more understanding of objective reality, and some of the funniest moments are her clearest, as when she fends off the enthusiasms of her classmates at a pre-Grade 12 party, the upcoming camaraderie of the last year of school having wiped out the differences of the previous 11. Lest Alice's fans be worried that she is too much the realist, take heart: The screenplay of Of Moose and Men occupies the interstices of the tale, as Alice reinterprets each failure as an unqualified success. Thank goodness she's back. (Fiction. YA)

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13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master’s degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at susanjuby.com.

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Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last (2006) is the stunning conclusion to Susan Juby's debut trilogy (preceeded by Alice, I Think and its sequel Miss Smithers). You might recognize Juby's name from the 2009 Edgar Awards where Getting the Girl was a nominee. This installment opens with the first scene from Alice's screenplay "Of Moose and Men"--a creative work loosely based on her own life. Excerpts of the screenplay are sprinkled throughout the novel. The writing is overwrought, exaggerated, and provides hysterical insight into Alice's psyche throughout the story. In addition to being Alice's latest career of choice, writing her screenplay also helps this sixteen-year-old heroine make sense of the chaos that has become her life. At the beginning of the story, Alice's boyfriend Goose is moving with his family to Glasgow for an entire year only to go away to university on the other end of Canada when he finally returns. Dealing with this heartbreak is bad enough on its own. Then Alice's mother, a somewhat aggressive environmentalist, is thrown in jail as a result of her activist activities. That leaves Alice, her younger brother, and her father on their own. To say that this development leaves the family less than functional would be a vast understatement. The one constant in Alice's life seems, ironically, to be Death Lord Bob--her ineffectual therapist from the Teens in Transition (Not Trouble) Center in town. At least until he too is called away leaving Alice with the surly Ms. Deitrich who doesn't seem to understand anything about Alice's life let alone her highly evolved sense of style. With their matriarch breadwinner in jail Alice and her father find themselves, for the first time, looking for gainful employment. Alice's job search, and eventual employment, throw her into the paths of two brilliant characters: Wallace and Vince. Negotiating these new romantic waters, Alice finds herself caught between two equally charming suitors--one five years her senior, the other considerably her junior. The dilemma is equally difficult for readers who will likely be as attracted tothese guys as Alice herself. Throughout the series, readers are able to trace Alice's evolution as a character. The girl we meet in this novel is very different from the Alice entering a traditional school (or a beauty pageant) for the first time. She is more mature, and in some ways more responsible and engaged with the world at large. More than that, though, Alice's true depth as a heroine is really apparent in this story as she not only works through but even rises above all of the (screw)balls life throws at her. Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last doesn't qualify as truly "realistic" fiction because of the humor and general madness that surrounds Alice. But Alice is still an utterly real and engaging character with a quirky sense of humor (and style) that will leave readers smiling. (I'd recommend reading the entire trilogy in sequence to fully appreciate how awesome it is, but the stories do stand alone fairly well if you happen upon them out of order.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago