My 9-yr old daughter is reading a book written in the style of a teenager’s diary, which apparently describes some distressing events such as the physical abuse of the “author” by her older brother. I said something about reading “Go Ask Alice” when I was in middle school, and my wife looked at me blankly - not only had she never read it, she had never heard of it.
I thought it was one of those books that just about everyone read at that age, and at that time (this would have been in the early 80’s). There was some kerfluffle about it being removed from libraries due to objectionable content - per Wikipedia I see my home state tried to do so around the time that I read it, which probably boosted its popularity among my cohort. But I always assumed that it was considered a classic young adult novel - maybe not great literature, but somewhat of a cultural touchstone.
If you grew up the 80’s or 90’s, did you read it? Have you at least heard of it? If you’re younger, is it still known today?
(It was also made into a movie in the early 70’s with William Shatner as the diarist’s dad!)