Wonderland by Juno Dawson
Published by: Quercus
Release date: 28/05/2020
Trigger warnings: Mental health, self harm, suicide, sexual assault, drug use, murder
Summary: Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury – but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to ‘Wonderland’: the party to end all parties – three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome.
Will she find Bunny there? Or is this really a case of finding herself? Because Alice has secrets of her own, and ruthless socialite queen Paisley Hart is determined to uncover them, whatever it takes.
Alice is all alone, miles from home and without her essential medication. She can trust no-one, least of all herself, and now she has a new enemy who wants her head…
A searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, from the most addictive YA novelist in the UK today.
Juno Dawson has very quickly become one of my favourite authors, especially with her three most recent novels, known as the London Trilogy. Just a note, you don’t have to read them in order, they are all completely separate stories, they are just set in the same universe and they feature some cameo’s of characters from each book.
This book was so gripping and addicting. I read the second half of the book in one sitting because I didn’t what to put it down.
I really loved all the Alice in Wonderland references, they were so much fun all throughout the book. I have read Alice in Wonderland before, but I don’t remember it in a large amount of detail. Most of my Alice in Wonderland knowledge comes from the Tim Burton movie, and I was still able to get the references in this book, and I was never confused by anything.
This also had a lot of the magical, whimsical feel of Alice in Wonderland in places, and I thought it was done so well. At times it really did feel like I was reading a fantasy novel, but in a good, fun way.
I liked that the story had a focus on Alice coming to terms with herself. She grew so much throughout this book, she became so much more comfortable in her own skin, and it was really nice to read about.
This book has LGBT+ rep, including a pansexual character, a lesbian character, and it is an own voices trans novel, as both the author and the main character are transgender.
If you’ve read Clean or Meat Market by Juno Dawson, you probably don’t need me to tell you to read this book. If you haven’t read those books, and you enjoy reading books about rich, privileged teens, then I highly recommend Wonderland, as well as Clean and Meat Market. I normally really don’t like books about rich, privileged teens, especially when there is drug use, but when Juno does it, I love it.
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