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Wonderland

Narrated by: Juno Dawson
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Summary

What happens when you fall down the rabbit hole? The compulsive must-have follow-up to Clean and Meat Market from best-selling author Juno Dawson.

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.

©2020 Juno Dawson (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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  • 30-08-20

fantastic book

This book was very insightful. I love juno's stories. I believe her talent is never-ending.

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Alice updated. Clever stuff.

Alice updated for relevant issues, themes and groups. Clever stuff. It would really help for a reader/listener to know Carroll's original, or the regular references will be wasted. The updating feels fresh, smart and is full of memorable characters, often playing on traits and lines from the children's book. Alice now is a teenager, and the White Rabbit is her missing friend Bunny. Visiting Wonderland by invitation, she find it a sensualist days-long party where norms and expectations go out of the window, and other young people she knows are congregating for various purposes. As is usual with Dawson, themes of sexuality, coming-of-age, teenage relationships and sex itself are not shied away from, with some graphic content here making this feel authentic. Like Carroll's Wonderland, can Alice trust anyone? Even herself? Without giving anything away, the plot, characters and even quotes from the book (as well as references to the author) fill the story. And yet it feels completely contemporary. I did find the denouement a little cliched, but everything that came before it was original and well thought-out. I listened to this via Audible, and enjoyed hearing Dawson's own voice narrating her own creations, with a range of accents and tones. She brought Alice's mixture of young libidinous adult and vulnerability out very well. With twists and other issues that fall outside the remit of the classic story, it's a combination of update and modern adolescent novel. Drugs, sex, sexual violence, gender identity, this is for older teenagers really, and does contain unapologetic (sexual) swearing and some scenes that might upset younger readers. Cleverly done. Lots for book groups to talk about with this one. For ages 14 and above. With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.