Wonderland by Juno Dawson// Aka- The WILDEST book EVER.


Book- Wonderland.
Author- Juno Dawson.
Genre- Dark Contemporary, Retelling.
Publisher- Quercus Children’s Books.
Release Date- May 28th 2020
Representation- Trans female pansexual protagonist, MC with mental illness, gay side characters, lesbian side characters, bisexual side characters, OVs for Trans Rep.
My Rating-★★★★☆

5771EDEC-4754-4D33-AEA8-5452BBDCE075Adobe_Post_20200506_0925260.23898788154490513Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Children’s Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wonderland was one of the wildest books I’ve ever read and I loved it. With our main character Alice, we are brought on a journey to Wonderland- a annual party held by very, VERY rich teenagers- while she desperately searchers for her friend Bunny. Of course being an Alice in Wonderland Retelling- EVERYTHING IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS.

Not to be punny but this book truly was wonderful. Now not the sunshine and rainbows type because believe me this was dark read. However, the twist and turns had my head spinning and I love that quality in a book. The plot was so entertaining. I worried because it’s set mostly during the party, that it would get boring but believe me, if anything it got more exciting as the book continued.

Alice was such a messy, unreliable narrator and I LOVED HER SO MUCH. Due to most of the plot surrounding Alice I can’t say much without spoiling. However, let me leave you with one of my favourite Alice quotes.

“Why any girl would bestow the gift of her vagina to those oafs is quite the enigma.”

In addition to Alice, the side characters were so developed. Juno Dawson’s writing truly is phenomenal and I adore how they link in to the original Alice in Wonderland. Especially the mad hatter and Cat.

Alice has money and all of the characters in this book are filthy rich; Wonderland not only explores Alice’s illness and desperate search for Bunny, but it explores privilege- especially the rich and how they get away with everything. Alice is ready to take on the elite? Are you ready to see who comes out victorious?

I will admit the reason this isn’t five stars was the ending. It just wasn’t concluded as good as I expected. The rest of the book was amazing; I felt the ending then let it down. I still highly recommend. Especially if you’re looking for a YA that focuses on the things teens do- exploring their sexuality, drugs, alcohol – that most YA tend to run from, or if you’re in the mood for a unique retelling.

I would also like to point out that even through Wonderland is part of series it can be read as a stand alone.


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4 thoughts on “Wonderland by Juno Dawson// Aka- The WILDEST book EVER.

    • Shans_Shelves June 30, 2020 / 2:30 pm

      Whoop! I hope you enjoy 💜 Thank you xx

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