Author: "Anonymous"
What To Read Next: Smack by Melvin Burgess, Cut by Patricia McCormick

Even today, 42 years after it was originally published, Go Ask Alice remains a source of mystery for readers. The author remains anonymous, allowing rumors to continue that the text comes from the real diary of a troubled young girl who grew up in the late '60s.

(It should be noted that it's most likely that the author was Beatrice Sparks, a therapist and Mormon youth counselor.)

The risky subject matter—including rape, sex, and drugs—has caused the book to be banned from many schools and libraries across the nation, even to this day.