A riveting first-person tale of addiction, in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal.
The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. She was a good girl, living a good life…but one party changed everything. One party, where she took one taste—and liked it. Really liked it.
Social drinking and drugging lead to more, faster, harder… She convinced herself that she was no different from anyone else who liked to party. But the evidence indicates otherwise: Soon she was she hanging out with an edgy crowd, blowing off school and everything she used to care about, all to find her next high.
But what goes up must come down, and everything—from her first swig, to her last breath—is chronicled in the diary she left behind.
A novel similar to Go Ask Alice, Lucy in the Sky chronicles the story of a 16 year old girl whose life is turned inside out by the pressure of drugs and alcohol. Her battles are many and her victories are temporary as she struggles through the pangs of adolescence.
Reading her journal and not knowing her name seems like a breach of privacy, but the story pulls and tugs until its message is clear. The narrator has an average life with caring parents and brother, but her social life is a void she aches to fill. Enter Ross, Lauren, Ian, and Blake; the friends who fill the friendship void the summer before her junior year and introduce her to a world of parties and good feelings.
The small band of friends experiment with drugs as if it were a harmless hobby. A line is drawn at the more lethal drugs until the bands of peer pressure, being one of the gang, tighten and squeeze every ounce of resistance out of the narrator. Not wanting to feel like the only one not having ‘fun’ fuels her dark determination, even when her friends up the ante with the worst of drugs imaginable.
Lucy in the Sky tells a story in which readers will feel the roller coaster waves of emotion. Pride that the narrator makes friends, hope that she’ll just say no, and a little anger, sadness, and disappointment from the consequences of her actions. To experience Lucy in the Sky is to experience a darker side of YA realistic fiction.