The beginning of the book brought back a lot of memories from my teenage years: feeling left out, not sure who I was, not fitting in. Then as Alice descends into drug addiction it got REALLY, REALLY depressing! I was depressed as a teenager, but NEVER like that and NEVER resorted to drugs or running away. I have actually stopped reading it because it was bumming me out. I have never even tried drugs...not even marijuana, because the losing control part scared me and kept me away from it. Maybe I'll pick it up again later, but for now Alice will have to sit on the shelf by herself.