The Alice series is a book series written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. There are three prequels to this series. The first one, Starting with Alice, describes Alice in third grade. Alice in Blunder land is Alice in fourth grade; The final prequel, Lovingly Alice, follows Alice through the troubles of fifth grade. The first book (after the prequels) is The Agony of Alice.The Alice series follows the main character, Alice McKinley, known as "Al" to her father and older brother as she grows up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her mother died of leukemia when Alice was five. Alice has a hard time at first growing up in an all-male household, but her father and her brother, Lester, prove to be honest and open about almost everything Alice talks about. Alice has very little memory of her mother, often confusing her with her aunt, and seems to bear a striking physical resemblance to her, especially her strawberry-blond hair.Other characters include Alice's three best friends, Pamela, Elizabeth and Gwen, her first serious boyfriend, Patrick, her next boyfriend, Sam, her prudish Aunt Sally (who frequently provides a little comic relief), Lester's many girlfriends, and her seventh grade Language Arts teacher, Miss Summers, whom she tries to get her father to marry (with eventual success). The Alice series broaches many topics, including relationships, dating, sex, friendship, life problems, families, God, and understanding. The books have made the ALA (American Library Association) list of most challenged books for several years, making it to number one on the list in 2003 for their sexual content.The books in the long running series include:
The Agony of Alice
Alice in Rapture, Sort of
All but Alice
Alice in April
Alice the Brave
Alice in Lace
Alice on the Outside
The Grooming of Alice
Alice on Her Way
Alice in the Know
Alice in Charge
Alice on Board
Now I'll Tell You Everything
Not to be confused with Go Ask Alice, the 1971 novel by Beatrice Sparks.
Elizabeth Price, one of Alice's best friends, is rather reluctant in regards to sex or any sort of topic involving it, although the later books reveal that she was molested by a family friend as a child, which scared her from the aspect of sex altogether.
Alpha Bitch: Jill and Karen have elements of this. Unlike many other examples, they are Alice's friends but not very good ones.
Their First Time: Alice often debates whether or not she wants to sleep with Patrick before he goes off to college in the later books.
First Girl Wins: Alice ends up marrying Patrick,her first love interest in the original series. He's even the first guy she meets who she's not related to.
Foreshadowing: In "Alice in Lace," Alice's teacher assigns his students real life situations and they have to write about how they would deal with them. Several of those things actually ended happening: Alice and Patrick getting married, Pamela getting pregnant, Brian getting a DWI.
Four Girl Ensemble: Elizabeth is the quiet, somewhat naïve girl who's self-conscious about her body, Pamela's the sensual, promiscuous one, Gwen is the group's snarky, intelligent overachiever, and Alice's is the narrator and open-minded Team Mom.
Genki Girl: Pamela, a cheerful, outgoing blonde and Loretta, the Fiery Redhead who works at Alice's father's music store.
Rosalind, Alice's best friend back in Takoma Park.
In the final book, practically all the main characters, including the four main girls except for Pamela who seems quite happy to be single or dating someone on the side for most of the book's time, until towards the end where she finally got married at a rather late age to an old sailor.
Heroes Want Redheads: Alice is smitten with her longtime boyfriend Patrick, an intelligent, overachieving redhead.
Naïve Everygirl: Alice, in spades, who's naïve and trusting to a fault and struggles with femininity through the absence of her mother. Reynolds herself mentioned that she intended Alice to be relatable to every girl out there and serve as a "best friend" of sorts to female teens.
Elizabeth somewhat fits this to an extent as well, being awkward in terms of accepting her body.
Retcon: the books series was first launched in the mid 1980s and has since had been added to sporadically for the past two decades, which makes exactly what time period the Alice books take place ambiguous. In Agony of Alice, some of the things mentioned make it clear that it does take place around 1980 - 1990, where as the series continued, newer things such as Facebook, Twitter and similar were frequently mentioned.
Teen Genius: Gwen, an Ace who tutors Alice in Algebra, easily enrolls in several college-level courses while still a high school student, and aspires to be a doctor.
Patrick Long, Alice's longtime boyfriend, who enrolls himself in an accelerated program that allows him to graduate a year earlier than the rest and gets accepted into a prestigious university in Chicago, despite deciding to spend a year studying abroad in Spain.
You Go Girl: Alice often proves to be rather outspoken regarding certain topics and willingly defends her friend Lori's homosexuality once she and her love interest are taunted in the girl's locker-room.