She is guilty about this and her drug use. She and her female friend Chris take to dealing drugs for their respective boyfriends. Upon discovering said boyfriends having sex with each other, they leave for San Francisco , leaving their families as well. In San Francisco they move into a small apartment and get jobs. Their vow to stay clean does not last, in fact they use harder drugs. While on heroin at a party, both girls are raped. A long series of unpleasant events follows. Carla gets on and off drugs over and over again.
Chris gets in trouble with the police and Carla returns home, but upon being harrassed by other stoner kids since they think she's a "squealer", she's framed for drug possession and is sent to an asylum, where she sorta bonds with a younger and even more broken girl named Babbie. The novel at first seems to end on a high, so to speak, with Carla reunited with her family, off drugs, with a boyfriend named Joel and showing greater maturity.
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A epilogue slams that with a Downer Ending. The portrayal of sixties hippie culture is limited. Tellingly, political protest and music are scarcely mentioned. It works best as a critique of the hedonistic excesses of the movement. As a "warning work" it has similarities to Requiem for a Dream.
It has a similar theme of disenchanted youth going off the rails as is found in The Catcher in The Rye. Sign In Don't have an account?
Start a Wiki. If you are looking for the trope that used to have this name, please see Alice Allusion. Go Ask Alice provides examples of these tropes: Alice Allusion : In relay: the book is named from "White Rabbit", a song by the contemporary psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane who in turn saw drug imagery in Alice in Wonderland. Carla in the novel also wonders if Lewis Carroll was on drugs when he wrote it. Anonymous Author : Or published as such, at any rate. Based on a Great Big Lie : Ostensibly the real diary of a teenage girl, it was, in fact, entirely fabricated by Sparks.
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Coming of Age Story : Ticks the boxes. Dan Browned : The book is not the result of researching a real account. It is fiction. Depraved Bisexual : Sheila the fashion designer.
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A remark she drops late in the story has led some readers to think the narrator's real name is Carla. She's a sensitive fifteen-year-old girl, alienated from her conservative parents and initially with few friends.
When she does start making friends and discovers the The '60s counterculture, she also encounters drugs. Her first experience is benign: she is unwittingly given LSD at her friend Jill's birthday party and has a pleasant trip. Losing her virginity while on LSD, she feels guilty about this and her drug use. With female friend Chris she takes to dealing drugs for their respective boyfriends.
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Upon discovering said boyfriends having sex with each other, they leave for San Francisco , leaving their families as well. In San Francisco, they move into a small apartment and get jobs. Their vow to stay clean does not last—in fact, they use harder drugs. While on heroin at a party, both girls are raped. They return home for Christmas, again vow to stay off drugs, again relapse, and this time are busted and our heroine gets probation.
Running away again she spends the next few weeks in a drug-induced haze skirting along the West Coast. In her sober moments, she is horrified at what she's become and again returns home, determined to stay off drugs for real this time. However, she's now harassed by her former stoner friends who accuse her of being a "fink" and frame her for drug possession.
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After inadvertently ingesting acid planted by her former friends and suffering a nearly-fatal bad trip, the narrator is sent to an asylum, where she sorta bonds with a younger and even more broken girl named Babbie. The novel at first seems to end on a high, so to speak, with our girl reunited with her family, off drugs, with a boyfriend named Joel and showing greater maturity. An epilogue slams that with a Downer Ending. The portrayal of Sixties drug culture and "hippie" references is limited. Tellingly, political protest and music are scarcely mentioned.