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Book review: Teen girl flees her suburban community in search of a true existence

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we can only save ourselves

“We Can Only Save Ourselves” by Alison Wisdom, Harper Perennial, 2021, 336 pages, $16.99 paperback


“We Can Only Save Ourselves,” the haunting first novel from Alison Wisdom, has many voices vying for dominance, two of which actually belong to the same person. 

That person is Alice Lange, a high school senior preparing for homecoming, then graduation. Alice is proud of her good grades, her popularity at school and in her close-knit neighborhood, and her chances of being chosen homecoming queen.