Honest and realistic
Dear Ms. Naylor,
I’m a 24-year old who started reading your “Alice” books in middle school, and I have to thank you for your incredibly honest, realistic, and poignant portrayal of what it’s like to grow up female. High school, college, and graduate school distracted me, and I stopped reading Alice around the time of “Alice Alone,” but after I needed a pick-me-up recently, I went to the Foggy Bottom library, read the next five Alice books, and was happy to see that they are as compelling now as they were when I was fifteen.
I grew up in Gaithersburg and always loved how you put local landmarks into your stories, along with lots of wit and love. Alice taught me to be a more compassionate and thoughtful young adult, and when I have nieces or daughters, I will be sure to make these books a part of their lives, too. Thanks for all that you’ve given to young and old readers alike.
It’s wonderful to know that when you rediscovered the Alice books, they still meant so much to you. Thank you for taking the time to write to me!
Posted on: February 8, 2011