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What is your favorite Alice quote?

Comment:

 

I’m a rising college senior in California. I just wanted to reach out to you because I found myself thinking of the Alice books the other day. You’ve probably been told this numerous times before, but I just felt I had to say thank you for writing these books. It seems amazing to me now to think back on it, but I really do feel like I grew up with Alice in a way. From the time I was in elementary school, up until I was about to enter college, there was a book that somewhat paralleled what I was going through.

I admire your ability to find a way to create a story and characters that felt so real and incorporated a variety of issues, while still having an element of light-heartedness and fun. I just wanted to thank you for that. I’m not sure if you will get this message, but if you do and are able to respond, would you mind telling me one of your favorite quotes from the Alice series? I’m curious to know.

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Thank you so much for your email.  I probably hear from more college-age women than any other group, so perhaps these are the readers who grew up with Alice as the books were being written.

I guess my own favorite parts of the books–other than Lester’s discussions with Alice, which were so much fun to write–were the scenes in which Alice experienced the most growth, or was given advice that best helped her to cope.  I believe there was time she was so devastated when she and Patrick broke up, that someone asked her why she was letting a person, who only ten years ago was in diapers, to cause her so much grief?  And the time, after a friend’s death, when she announced to her dad that she wasn’t even sure she believed in God any longer, that all she knew was that she wanted to be a part of everything that was good and true and real. And her dad replied, “That’s a terrific place to begin.”  And most certainly, a quote that I repeat on every congratulations card I send to a young married couple–Lester’s definition of how you really know you’re in love, when the relationship consists of passion, tenderness and joy.

Posted on: August 18, 2017

Did they ever have that date?

Comment:

Did Alice and Patrick ever have that date on New Year’s Eve date when they were 21?

Phyllis replied:

Sorry.  You’ll have to read the final book, NOW I’LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING to find out!

Posted on: August 16, 2017

Alice Alice Alice

Comment:
1) If you had to write another series from the point of view of either Elizabeth or Pamela, or any other character, who would it be and why? (This is not a request, I’m just curious)

2) What made you decide to encapsulate so much of Alice’s life into the last book? What made you choose to gloss over college and graduate school?

3) What made you decide to have Patrick end up with Alice and for Alice to not form many other close friendships? I mean this non-offensively, I love your work. It’s just as someone who has gone through college and grad school, I know it’s highly unlikely how things played out. Alice has encounters with almost everyone she knew throughout her life. Usually, people grow apart. Some people you never hear from again, and at the very least you make new close friends. Also, not many people marry their on-again-off again boyfriend from grade school.

Phyllis replied:

Briefly, I could easily write books about many of the other characters, but there are too many other kinds of books on my mind right now.  The reason I put so much into the last Alice book was because I felt it was time to wrap it up.  Again, I have spent one half of each of the last 28 years writing the Alice books, and I have a long list of other kinds of books waiting to be written.

Romances come in all sizes, and I can assure you that quite a few people marry after dating only a few other people, and some even end up with their high school sweethearts.  That may not be your experience, but the Alice books are read by girls and women in cities, on ranches, on farms, in the mountains, in other countries, etc. and I wrote the books as it appeared to me that  Alice might live her life.  Yes, people often do grow apart, but I’ve known quite a few who reconnected later on.

Posted on: August 2, 2017

Letter from Sweden

COMMENT:  Hi! My name is Nelle Gray, Im 11 years old and just wanted to thank you for writing these incredible books. Even though Im only reading them it feels like Im experiencing them. I’ve only read 3 of them but I plan on reading more. I think that you are an incredible author and it has helped me a lot by helping prevent making the same mistakes in my life as Alice or one of her friends did.

Phyllis replied:

How great that you can find the Alice books in Sweden!   They have been translated in many different languages, however, and perhaps you are even reading the English editions.  I hope you will be able to locate all 28 of them.

 

Posted on: July 31, 2017

Desperate search

Comment:

Dear Phyllis, I’m father of a 12yo girl who’s anxious to read a book from Alice’s series. We’re italian and we can’t find it anywhere. It’s cover of the italian version is this one : http://image.anobii.com/anobi/image_book.php?item_id=01bca477bcb05cd62c
We can manage to read the english version, but I’m not sure which one is it, can you please help?
I think is the one before “Alice is in love (maybe)”, it was released in 1998…
Might it be “The agony of Alice”?
Thanks in advance

 

Phyllis replied:

 

Yes, I went through my own collection, and find the one copy in Italian.  I would send that to you, but it’s the only one I have.  Get the English version, THE AGONY OF ALICE, and yes, it is the book that comes before ALICE IN RAPTURE, SORT OF, which the Italian version calls Alice is in Love (Maybe).  If you can read the originals in English, I think you will enjoy them more.  I’ve heard from readers that the translations usually aren’t as frank and funny as the English.

Posted on: July 29, 2017

My favorite author

Comment:

I just wanted to let you know you’re my favorite author! I love the Alice books. I feel like Alice is a real person. I’m 25 and I prefer an Alice book over anything else. How did you get the inspiration for Elizabeth and Pamela? Did you know people like them. I also like the relationship Alice has with Lester. The Alice series is one I didn’t want to end. Please write back. 🙂

 

Phyllis replied:

Thank you so much for your email.  I think I get more fan mail from women in their twenties, who have been reading the Alice books for years, than any other group.  It’s wonderful to have such a dedicated audience.  I didn’t know any girls exactly like Elizabeth and Pamela–they are mostly from my imagination, with bits and pieces of girls I grew up with.  My favorite scenes to write were those episodes between Alice and Lester.  They made me laugh out loud.

 

Posted on: July 20, 2017

Thank You…..

I’m 10 years old (on 7/18/17) and I’ve just finished Now I’ll Tell You Everything. The Alice series was the BEST book series I’ve ever read. These books taught me so many things about how to prepare for middle school( I’m going to 7th now), high school, and on, and on. Thank you SOOOO much. (;

Phyllis replied:

You’re just now going into 7th and you’ve already read the 28th book of the Alice series!   Wow!   I’m impressed.

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Typos

Comment:
I don’t have a question, it is more of a comment. I have just recently finished “I Like Him, He Likes Her” and while I was reading I came across 2 typo errors. On page 38 about half way down the page it reads “‘Alice, ex-cuse me, but I though you said a coed sleep over!’ she gasped.” In the sentence, the word though should read as the word “thought”. Also on page 319 towards the top of the page it reads “We were just finishing the last of the pizza and were going to stack the scenery and take all the stuff to the storage room when we saw Ron walk in though a side door.” In that sentence, the word though should read as the word “through”.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and have currently purchased all the books that follow. It was a great read and I would definitely suggest to my friends, just thought I would offer my findings, if they are at all important.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful series!

 

Phyllis replied:

You’re a good editor.  Those typos escaped me, my editor, and the copy-editor!

Posted on: July 19, 2017

Alice Fan

Comment:

I love your Alice books! I’ve been reading them since I was in the 5th grade. My friend introduced “Alice in April” to me after she finished reading it. I’m 20 now and am just starting to finish the last couple of books in the series. I just want to say thank you for opening my eyes to this wonderful series. This series is the reason why I have such an immense infatuation with teen love stories and this ideal love story with romantic comedies. I feel like I’ve grown with her and that she will continue to be an important part in my life. Did you have anything to do with the production with the 2008 movie “Alice Upside Down?” Do you happen to know the girl who modeled on the covers from “The Agony of Alice” to Simply Alice?” I grew up seeing her as the cover girl for Alice, so I based my imagination about what Alice looked like on her. She’s beautiful and fits the Alice image well. I just don’t happen to know her name. I’ve looked All over. Anyway,I thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do.

 

Phyllis replied:

I’m so glad you like the series!  I was able to make a few changes to the screenplay, but had nothing to do with the casting or directing.  And no, I don’t know the name of the girl who modeled for many of the Alice books.  Agencies don’t send names–only photos of girls, which are numbered.  We choose by number, not by name.

Posted on: July 19, 2017

What order do I read them?

Comment:

Hi! I love your books and have just finished outrageously Alice and saw that there are Alice collections as well the books. Should I read the collections including; I like him, he likes her, in between somewhere of the books or do they come after? Thanks so much and I’m so glad you wrote these books!

Phyllis replied:

I like him, he likes her  is a boxed set of the three books  of Alice’s freshman year in high school, beginning with Alice Alone.  (fall semester, spring semester, and summer).   It’s not like I planned it this way are the three books of her sophomore year; Please don’t be true, junior year, and You and me and the space between, her senior year.   Now I’ll tell you everything takes her from age 18 to 60.  All of these books came out originally in hardback, then paperback.

 

Posted on: June 21, 2017

 

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