Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a genius for thinking up such a real-to-life character in Alice. In Alice in Rapture, Sort Of, Alice is just getting into what her dad calls "Summer of the Boyfriend." At the end of the last book, Alice and her first-ever boyfriend, Patrick, finally started going steady and this summer will bring a lot of time to spend together. Of course things do not run as smoothly as Alice would like, but throughout the summer she learns how to kiss and with some help from her friends and family, what type of bra to where, what to buy gifts to buy for a boy's birthday, and how to eat at a fancy restaurant without parents in sight.
Though Alice's mother is not around to answer all the questions she has, Alice does a very real job at figuring out life for herself, with just a tad bit of help along the way. Embarrassing moments ensue, but really, whose life isn't filled with embarrassing moments??
Even though this series was written mainly in the 80's, the character of Alice still rings very true. She has real life mishaps as she tries to impress her first boyfriend and stumbles along the way while becoming a teenager. Again, I'm so glad I chose this series to read for this challenge, all of them will make great rereads for me or great first reads for some of you out there! This particular book was hilarious, as was the first, and I really enjoyed it.