Wonderland by Juno Dawson

I had no idea what this book was going to be about when I first bought it mainly because I bought it for the neon like cover that I fell in love with instantly, so let’s hope it is going to be something good.

What happens when you fall down the rabbit hole? The compulsive must-have follow-up to CLEAN and MEAT MARKET from bestselling 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…

Taken from goodreads

So as you can probably tell from above this is a modern day retelling of Alice in Wonderland, a book and movie that I never really liked so I wasn’t best pleased when I started reading. However with all the modern day elements that Juno has included such as the drug use, mental health, privilege, sexuality as well as gender Identity. When I found all this out it did make me a lot more interested in the book as I wanted to see how Juno was going to incorporate all this into this well known readaptation.

This book is a ride from start to finish as you are never able to tell what is going to happen next, and for me this makes this short book feel even shorter as you never wanted to put it down. Plus with how fast paced everything was you were constantly turning pages in order to find out what was going to happen next.

One thing I really did like was how Juno showed that people might be one thing on the outside but on the inside – the true them – they are completely different. 

For me I think the book does a good job in showing people what it is like for someone going through mental problems such as depression or anxiety, but not only that but what it is like for someone to be born one gender but identify as another, especially when the people around them such as their parents dont understand this. 

I think a lot of the modern inclusions have allowed me to like this book a lot more than the original Alice in Wonderland but that still doesnt mean for me it is a great book as I personally don’t like the whole Alice in Wonderland storyline. However if I do have to read another Alice in Wonderland retelling then I hope it is something like this book as Juno Dawson did a good job in making it bearable.

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