The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Life, Alice feels, can sometimes be just so embarrassing. Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn't know how. And it's worse for her as she doesn't have anybody to ask. Alice's mother died when she was four so help and advice can only come from her father and nineteen year old brother, who is a slob! What do they know about being a girl and growing up! Through a series of incidents both hilarious and poignant, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's lively, witty style captures the essence of adolescent anxieties as Alice searches for a female role model to help with all those awkward questions that go hand in hand with growing up.