so, i just finished this series, a series I’ve been reading since 3rd grade, that’s like 6 years. although it wasn’t a nailbiting series, or one that had me on the edge of my seat throughout, i have to say, it made a difference in my life. growing up with alice, seeing her go through middle school, high school, college, get married, etc, really opened my eyes. alice wasn’t dealing with fighting crime or using magic or trying to destroy her dystopian society. she dealt with real problems. her first period, her first kiss, her first date, her friends, a death of a friend to suicide, to an accident, the loss of a family member, and so much more. it helped put my experiences into perspective. as alice grew up and lost her innocence, i grew up with her. in third grade when i started reading these books, i had no idea they would be such a strong impact on me. i thought it would just be some book that i picked up randomly. there was no way that a bug eyed third grade me would have pegged this series to be as much as it has been. because this wasn’t just one book. it was a series, a legacy of alice that has finally ended. there were some parts that i hated, and some that i read over and over again, some partst where i bawled my eyes out and others where i cried from laughing so hard. but i gueess that’s what a good author does. makes you cry, laugh, hate, love, makes you furious and terrified all in the same 200 pages. this series helped me. watching alice grow up made me thankful for who i am and everything i have. my friends, my family, and everyone i love. she helped me understand things that i wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. So, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. i realize that you are the voice behind alice. and i want to thank that alice but I have no one to thank but you. You showed me a whole new world in the books you wrote. And I hope that anyone who reads these books sees the the same way i did. i As books that helped a little girl grow up and rethink her outlook on life. so thanks. from someone who thinks of alice as a part of her life.