Achingly Alice

Achingly Alice

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Achingly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Alice must choose between Patrick and Sam in this beloved series.

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, gentle, and a terrific dancer, and Alice likes being with him. But Alice has been Patrick’s girlfriend for almost two years—so why is she interested in another guy?
     As Alice stumbles her way through the minefield of early adolescence, there are plenty of bumps, giggles, and surprises along the way. Every girl should grow up with Alice, and with this irresistible new look, a whole new generation will want to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439132371
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Alice Series , #10
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,117,970
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and its sequels, the Alice series, Roxie and the Hooligans, and Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit

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Achingly Alice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
the_readerist More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Alice books I could get my hands on as an adolescent, and after recently reading Achingly Alice I am reminded why. In this novel Alice McKinley is 13, in the eighth grade, and as engaging as ever. In the opening scene Alice decides she needs to plan her life so she can make things happen. With this resolution, she writes down her priorities which include getting her father and Miss Summers married, getting to know other guys (even though she really likes her current boyfriend, Patrick), and improving her closest relationships. Raised without a mother, she is curious about womanhood and what is in store for her. Alice explores the concept of love while watching her favorite teacher, Miss Summers, date her father; however, she becomes confused after knowing that Miss Summers is also going on dates with Mr. Sorringer, the assistant principal. She wonders how it could be possible to love two people simultaneously, but gets a small taste of it herself with Patrick and her friend Sam. Although kissing Patrick brings Alice her first sexual feelings, Sam has become an interest too. I would recommend this book for youth ages 11 to 15. Alice is the epitome of a middle school girl. She worries about her body, boys, friends, her family, and what life will bring. These preoccupations make her relatable to middle school girls. Achingly Alice contains some candid discussion about masturbation, pelvic exams, and the feelings that come with growing up as a girl. There are concerns about her dad's girlfriend sleeping over and "wife-swapping". While some parents may be uncomfortable with their children reading this book, I believe it may be beneficial for those who feel reticent to share their questions with parents or others. These matters are an important part of adolescence and Alice provides answers. These answers are provided in a way that lets girls know they are normal. An easy and entertaining read, I highly recommend Achingly Alice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book.I like the part when Patrick and Alice kissed.Why did his mother had to come?I wanted to know what happened.If you want to read a book read Achingly Alice it's great!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice and Partick never get to do the deed until the last book and the author doesnt put a lot of detail into it. Since I started reading the Alice books at the same age Alice was, Ive pretty much grown with her. Im nearly 17 now and I started this series when I was 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They dont have sex..... do they??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooooooooooo lovely. My favorite part is when alice and patrick kiss and have alot of sex. Can't believe that patrick's mom came and they broke up. I can't wait when Ali ce and Patrick gets maried. The auther should make more sex books and maybe sex movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Achingly Alice is full if excitement and love. I love the author. I read this book in two hours; i couln't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seires is the best seires i have ever read! It's so funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Naylor's books, but this one wasn't one of the best ones. It was somewhat boring, yet funny at the same time. If you are the kind of person that likes almost any book, this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish that Patrick's mom didn't come home when she did! I wanted to see what would happen next soooo bad!!! I kinda wish i had a deep relationship like they had before they broke up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you read this book you will picture every single detail that the author wrote. What i hope is that Patrick and Alice get married. They already act like they are in this book. This is a really good book. I loved it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Achingly Alice is a great book! It's about a girl named Alice who finds a boyfriend named Patrick! But I think it should me a book for girls 12 and up! Because there is a lot of things about sex and gross stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very engrossing book. I think it should only be for girls twelve and up, as there is a lot of talk about sex, and the kissing. But if you are in seventh grade and need a great book, read this one. It's awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book... but not one of Naylor's best. I thought it was kinda boring. My favorite part is the chapter called feminine products. That part is funny.
lydia25 More than 1 year ago
Naylor's frequent references to sex and "spouse swapping" are blatant sensational attempts to hook a larger following among her young adolescent audience. I thought it ironic that she attempts to "teach" a lesson on the use of bias/manipulation in commercial persuasive writing techniques, when she engages the similar ploys in her own plot. Books geared to this audience have a responsibility to not take advantage of their readers in this way. The book would have been much better without the writer's desperate provocative hooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago