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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of being the plain nobody in her small English town, where she is bullied and grieves for her mom, who committed suicide years ago, 16-year-old Jude is thrilled when her childhood best friend, Stella, returns. Stella—glamorous, daring, outrageous, promiscuous—is everything Jude wants to be. Stella even has sex with the boyfriend of one of Jude’s tormentors, and when Jude gets her dream to audition for drama school in London, Stella auditions in Jude’s name and gets accepted. But with Stella, there is no room for anyone else, and Jude has to give up her kind boyfriend, Ed. Jude wants to be Stella—and that desire is at the core of the identity surprises in the book. Some of the popular culture will date, and in contrast to Stella, Ed is just too perfectly loving and supportive. But the lure of danger will hook readers, and the story’s shocking revelations will make them go back to realize what they missed. Grades 9-12. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

Joanna Nadin is the author of numerous books for young readers. Wonderland marks her YA debut in the United States. She says, "I wanted to explore the idea of identity, and of wanting to be someone else, which is what I seemed to spend a large part of my teens, and some of my adulthood, doing." She lives in Bath, England.

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By Lisa McGeen on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book had a great opening. The flash to what is the end of the book draws you in and make you want to know more. Jude, after the song, is struggling to make it through school, without a mother, and at the butt of the Plastics jokes. Just when things are looking terrible, Jude's friend, Stella, reappears seemly out of nowhere. Jude knows that her father and good friend, Ed, will not approve of Stella returning as she always leads to trouble. Stella encourages Jude to do things she never would have done, smoke, drink and just get into a lot of trouble. Jude is torn between Stella and Ed. Sometime she just needs one of the other and Stella has the tendency to just disappear for days at a time. Jude applies for The Lab, her dream of drama school, but once she gets there she can't go on and Stella goes in her place. Once accepted, she tells Ed and their romance begins to bloom. Jude realizes that her relationship with Stella must end, but can she make this happen or will Stella suck her back in as always.

I thought that this was an okay book. The most frustrating part for me was that I knew at least part of the ending about half way through the book. While there were still a few twists and turns in the story line, I was disappointed that I figured part of it out. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and the depth of the characters in the story. There is a lot of drink drugs and sex in this story. More than I would have expected from a YA book. This should be kept in mind when making decision for who should read this book.
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By Caleb on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that I did not choose to read this book. I fully expected it to be bad, but it surprised me. I expected the story to be that of a typical depressed teen girl and that much is true. What surprised me was the quality of the writing. The book is so poorly written that at some points I can't even understand what is going on. The choppy, detail oriented writing told you way too much about what you didn't want to know and way too little about the story or characters. This is the worst written book I have read in recent memory. I recommend it to no one. Don't even bother reading it.
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Format: Hardcover
Jude has always tried to be invisible. Ever since her best friend, Stella, left, Jude tries to avoid any confrontation. Then her drama teacher announces that Jude should apply to the prestigious drama school, the Lab, in London. In the meantime, Jude gets noticed at her current school, and mocked by the cool girls. Drama is the only thing Stella feels she is any good at.

Then, out of nowhere, Stella returns. Stella is everything Jude is not. She's outgoing, she's cool, and she is able to stand up to the girls who taunt her. And she catches the eye of the popular boys. Stella immediately encourages Jude to buy some new clothes, to start talking to the boys, and begin partying with the other kids.

But things are not all perfect. Life with her father is strained. Her mother died when Jude was younger. She keeps her other childhood friend, Ed, at arms' length. But Jude manages to snag an audition at the Lab, and Stella and Jude head into London for the day.

At this point, I can't really elaborate more on what happens in the story because I have to admit, I was quite surprised with the plot twist that occurs. I so didn't see it coming! Jude and her father have some words, and Jude makes a startling realization that brings about some changes and understanding of herself.

WONDERLAND is a heavy story, and may not be for everyone. But it's an insightful look at one's own situation and how they can change themselves to be what they are meant to be. Originally released in the United Kingdom in 2009, the reader will definitely notice the British feel of the story. Some of the slang may be foreign, but overall, the story is easy to follow and conveys the strong moral of being true to oneself.

***Note: There are some sexual situations in this novel that may not be appropriate for younger readers.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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Format: Hardcover
This is Joanna Nadin's first YA debut in the U.S. You can bet that there will be plenty of readers watching out for her next book also. Wonderland was just released on February 22, 2011. The book kept me on my seat questioning what would happen next. The cover is fantastic and makes the reader want to eplore the inside of the book.

This story centers around Jude. Jude feels like she is a nothing and that she disappears into the shadows while everyone else is standing in the limelight. The only time she had any self esteem was when she had her best friend, Stella. Stella is nothing like Jude, she is sassy and beautiful. She is not afraid of anything. Jude dreams of the times she and Stella have spent together and only wishes that she could have her back in her life. One day, she gets her wish and Stella is back.

The book takes the reader through a maze of twists and turns while Jude regains her self esteem and changes into a completely different person. The ending will shock you and you will not see it coming.

I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to others written by this author. The book was an easy read.

*This ARC was given by Candlewick Press for this review.
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