Finding Alice

Finding Alice

by Melody Carlson
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Overview

Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

Sliding into the Rabbit Hole… Would She Ever Return?

On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable “knowledge” causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality.

As Alice’s schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious “awakening,” believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of “treatments” even more frightening and painful than her illness.

Powerfully raw and brutally honest, Finding Alice is a story of individual suffering and hope, a family’s shared ordeal, and a search for true mental and spiritual healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578567737
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 695,815
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Melody Carlson has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists and won writing awards. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in Central Oregon.

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Finding Alice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an extremely accurate representation of schizophrenia paranoid.  There were no typos, and this book is eye opening.  Yes, this book is a little religious.  However, in reality, many schizophrenic patients do cling to religion and think they are prophets.  This is an amazing book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to discover the reality of this disease.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favourite book ever. The story is amazing. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummm a little too religious for me. The story kinda got off track at times and sometimes i got bored reading things that were unimportant so i skipped them. A good book but can do better. Especially with all those typos.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi! I just wanted to say how much I loved this book and how much I love Melody Carson but I have a question... what is Schizophrenia?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a thought provoking book. It deals well with the thoughts involved behind schizophrenia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havnt finished this book but i know i will. Melody Carlson is my favorite author and i have read almost all her books. She is an insparation that cannot put down ever. I coukd relate a lot to her bookd especially the Color Series. She holds me strong. Thank you Melody!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!! A real eye opener!
Scoll98 More than 1 year ago
I spent $8.99 on this book and it has so many typos!!! Save yourself some money and go rent the paperback from the library.....this is just nook trash!!"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book there is a girl named Alice. When Alice was younger she was searching through her attic, and she found the book Alice in Wonderland. Alice¿s mom didn¿t want Alice to read the book, because her mom thought Alice would start to imagine things that weren¿t real, so her mom took the book away from Alice. A while later, Alice was going to college, and she decided to finish reading the book. A few weeks after Alice read the book, she was getting ready for bed in her apartment. While she was lying down, she kept hearing different voices from her window, and she knew that it couldn¿t be any human, because her apartment is on the second floor. Alice kept hearing the noises, and she started freaking out. One day, when she heard the noises, decided to put boxes all around her bed so nothing would get her. While she was doing this, her mom and her apartment manager walked in on her, and they were very concerned. While all of this was going on, Alice met a girl named Amelia. The thing that was strange about her was that only Alice could see her and hear her, which kind of meant that she wasn¿t real. Since all of this was going on, Alice¿s mom decided to put Alice in a rehab center. Alice really hated this place, because she always thought that the people there were out to get her. So one day, when the front door of the rehab center was open, Alice decided to run out and never come back. When Alice left, she had no idea what she was going to do with her life, so she just decided to hang around on the streets, and not go back home. While Alice was on the streets, she had a lot of adventures, and she also had many struggles she had to face. To me, this book was not near as good as some of the other books that Melody Carlson has written. I seemed as though I couldn¿t relate to this book at all, compared to other books I¿ve read. Also some parts of the book were a little confusing because at times you didn¿t know when a real person was talking or when a fake person was talking. To me, it also seemed as if the book gets better as you go on. This book is not part of any series, and this is not like anything I¿ve ever read before. I think mostly girls would enjoy this book, but I don¿t think every girl would like it.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
This was one of the hardest and most impacting books that I have ever read. It was a definite eye opener with a subject you don't hear much about. I cannot even imagine what I would do if I was in Alice's situation. It would be a daily struggle to survive every day. Frankly it was quite scary to read about Alice's schizophrenia and what it did to her. The voices inside her head almost drove her to kill herself because they made her doubt everything and everyone. It was really frightening to think about how many people have to suffer from this every day and even if they get help, still have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. The worst part, for Alice, is how her church (which to me seemed more like a cult) completely shunned her and banished her because they believed her mental illness to be a demon. I really appreciated how the author handles this, showing the reader that while there are Christians who do understand and will help you out, there is also a darker side that won't acknowledge this situation. It's painful yet refreshing to show how there are severely flawed Christians who need to be taught not to be judgmental or walking around with planks in their eyes. I'm glad though that there was a glimmer of hope for her and that she was able to cope with her mental illness. I really love how Melody Carlson writes about subjects that many Christians shy away from and don't want to talk about. She writes these books with such conviction and grittiness because these are topics that we shouldn't avoid. This is edgy fiction at it best and I believe that it rivals mainstream fiction. This is not just a Christian novel, this is a novel that EVERYONE should read to learn more about what mental illness is really like. If you want a book that will leave you impacted, pick this book up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very inspirational novel, and a must read. It throws together all different emotions and feelings of sadness, happiness, being scared, lonely, and more. Definately a great read and should not be missed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it. I'm a big fan of alice in wonderland and when i read the more realistic version i fell in love with it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have schizophrenia in my family and have always wished I could really understand all they go through and experience. This book gave me that opportunity! It was excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not the type of book I normally read, but once I started, I couldn't put it down! Melody Carlson drew me into the story until I could feel Alice's pain, fear, loneliness, and finally hope. This powerful, gripping story offers a rare and believable insight into the world of mental illness as well as the healing power of God's love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put the book down, I became Alice while I was reading and found myself on her adventures, just the way Alice in the book felt about the 'other Alice'. It was as if every word and feeling was true. Melody Carlson opened up my eyes to see that things are not always what they seem.