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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  241 ratings  ·  63 reviews
She’s back. Jude’s childhood friend — sexy, daring Stella— returns to their stifling hometown, and life will never be the same again.

Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status and her pathetic dad, who hasn’t gotten past her mother’s death. The one bright light is drama, her way out, if only she can get into the Lab, a pre...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published August 3rd 2009)
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Alyssa
Sometimes, I feel kinda bad, guys. Not for not enjoying the book, but for featuring this review. Nadin is a fresh face on the YA contemps shelves, and even though this book is total bullshit a miss, Nadin still accomplished publishing across seas in an ocean full of cash-sharks like Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti and Elizabeth Scott.

I feel kinda bad, but then I think about the complete and utter DISASTER that is Wonderland. And then I just feel pissed beyond belief.

Wonderland seems to be a pretty in...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Jude is your everyday girl next door. She’s lonely, she’s an outcast, and she’s desperate to escape the stigma she deals with only a daily basis in her tiny hometown. Her hope is to escape to a prestigious program in London and rid herself of Churchtown forever, but someone throws a wrench in her plans. When Stella, Jude’s childhood friend, returns, Jude is introduced to a stunning new Stella. She’s charismatic, enigmatic, and just a touch dangerous. She’s everything Jude wants to be. Stella tak...more
J.
2.5 stars
Ohhh boy. At first the premise did not intrigue me, but I am more than willing to give books the benefit of the doubt and started it with an open mind. That quickly faded.
The main relationship here is between Jude and her best friend Stella. Without summarizing the plot too much, what annoyed me the most was Jude’s complete and utter lack of personality. She knows and admits this, but it doesn’t make it any less irritating to have to read. The story kind of putters along as we see this...more
Bethany
Jude is invisible, Jude is obscure. Her mother killed herself years ago, and all Jude wants is to be like her--beautiful, someone who stands out in a crowd and isn't afraid to be seen. That's not Jude though. But it is Stella. Stella was Jude's friend when they were eight years old, and she moved away, to London, after Jude's father got angry, shouted at Stella to leave. Now she's back, and she's changing Jude's world, changing Jude--making her that peson that has the right comebacks and isn't a...more
Sandra
Imagination can be many things but can be more powerful than anything. It can set up a time frame of memorable events. A young teenage girl by the name of Jude goes through a tragedy where her mom dies. She struggles to make life easier for herself making decisions with any thought in them. Then Stella appears she’s the one who caused to be like this to change. Jude met her after the loss of her mom and right then and there they became best friends. Stella always left but she always came back to...more
Amy Ellis
You can find this review on my blog here.

Before you read anymore of this post, be warned that I will be posting spoilers because I have to in order to talk about how truly awful this book really is.

I'm not going to be too mean because, as a YA author with a lot of work to do on my own writing, I'm not really one to judge. But man, this book was awful. It was one of those literally everything goes wrong kind of books. It was irritating.

All right. First of all, the plot twist was a goddamn dead...more
Luna
I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of Wonderland before now but I’m so glad I requested it for review. Definitely adding Joanna Nadin to my ‘authors to reading list’.

Much like the title implies the reader tumbles headfirst into Wonderland from the very beginning of the book. The prologue has Jude and Stella in a car at the edge of a cliff with Jude releasing the handbrake. How did these two friends get there?

I ended up reading the book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Jude is use...more
Krystl Louwagie
This novel had the potential to get a much higher star rating, but nothing ever really came together in an interesting way. In fact, it came together in a way that's a horrible message to anyone suffering from the particular problems that the narrator does. Not only that, it feels like a copy of popular stories that are already out there. I don't mean copyright issues, I just mean that nothing new was really added here, no new ideas. Nadin writes well enough, and I think could make some good stu...more
Beebles
I LOVED this book. The prologue made me stop and think: oh, just another stupid story about a girl who's life spiralled out of control and blah, blah, blah...

BUT IT GOT BETTER!

At first it was exactly what I thought. Some girl's BAD best friend has come back to shatter her already FRAGILE life and is turning Jude (who, as I HAVEN'T mentioned before, is the main character) into another version of herself.

BUT THAT'S THE POINT.

Read it. And you'll get exactly what I just said. PERFECT twist at the e...more
Christin (Portrait of a Book)
It's fairly rare that I actually end up reading contemporary YA books, but this one, set just outside of London and involving a theatre student, seemed too good to pass up. While the book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it was still a good read, though at times seemingly more of a psychological portrait than a story.

Jude has never been one to stand out - Jude the Obscure, she calls herself. Always the brunt of her classmates' jokes, stuck in a dreary small-town existence, motherless, Jude's...more
E. Anderson
I just want to start out by saying that WONDERLAND blew me away. Joanna Nadin‘s writing is flawlessly constructed, the words beautifully pieced together to create a story and a voice that is not only ridiculously readable but impossible to look away from.

That said, WONDERLAND will throw you for a loop. It’s a quiet beach town on the coast of England where most of the townies are poor and where those who aren’t are boarders at the fancy school where Jude is bullied relentlessly by a group of girl...more
Between the Covers
Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers

It's fairly rare that I actually end up reading contemporary YA books, but this one, set just outside of London and involving a theatre student, seemed too good to pass up. While the book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it was still a good read, though at times seemingly more of a psychological portrait than a story.

Jude has never been one to stand out - Jude the Obscure, she calls herself. Always the brunt of her classmates' jokes, stuck in a drea...more
Logan
First impressions: Jude and Stella open the book in a Thelma and Louise situation: cigarettes, lipstick, and a car at the edge of a cliff. Can you say "Grab on and don't let go?" I read this book in one sitting, because I just had to know how these girls got there.

Lasting impressions: This book is so well-crafted that although I had my suspicions as to where the story was going, I still couldn't quite believe it when I got my answer. This is one of those books where you have to flip back and rea...more
H.Lee
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 ti...more
Kat Alexander
Feb 18, 2011 Kat Alexander rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat by: Got an ARC from Figment
Reviewed for The Figment Review. 4 1/2 stars.

Definitely the best book I've read this year so far. (But Hawktail, cry the two or three souls who actually follow my reviews, The only book you've read this year so far is Hamlet! I know, I know. Shuddup... Best book I've read in a while...)

Jude the Obscure, Jude the outcast, Jude the washout. Sixteen-year-old Jude, who loves theatre but can't bring herself to post the application to the Lab in London. Jude, who would give anything to get out of her...more
Lisa
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...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
Giving away my copy at zee blog:

I have intentionally not read other reviews because I wanted to be surprised while reading this story. In fact, I tend not to read the entire synopsis of a book so I won't be spoiled. But today, there is no way around a spoil free review. To say, "I called it!" would be an understatement. I knew exactly what the hook was in this book at page 26. Yes, page 26. This may have happened because I watch way too much television, but there you have it. Would this be true...more
Johnp
Jude’s life is at a standstill. The invisible girl whose mother is dead, with no friends and the target of all the ‘in’ girls, she is slowly dissolving away. In walks Stella, her friend from long ago. Stella is bold, self-assured and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. Stella transforms Jude into a bad girl, doing what she wants when she wants. But there’s more - Stella is also shaping Jude in ways that Jude can’t seem to control. Will Jude break away or turn into someone else altogether?...more
Laura
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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,...more
Abbie Plake
Jude lives in small-town Churchtown and she longs to leave to go to a program in London. Yet, Stella, her bubbly childhood friend, shows up and spins Jude's life around.
Jude is an outcast to say the least. She is shy and just wishes to disappear from her small town and shine in the program in London.
After disappearing from Jude's childhood, Stella comes back to Jude's dismal life. Stella is fashionable, daring, and everything Jude wishes she could be. Stella adds the perfect amount of spice...more
Sofija
This book had an EXTREMELY boring start (which lasted for about 3/4 of the book, mind you). The last few chapters is really when it took off, almost too suddenly. The author only gives one or two subtle hints as to who Stella really is before you come to the explosive ending.

What I liked:
The last few chapters tied all loose ends and answered any questions I had. EVERYTHING the author was talking about in the beginning makes sense finally, and you can see the reasons why she wrote the way she di...more
The BookWhisperer
Wonderland is a mix of young adult romance and psychological suspense. Jude was a very innocent, and mindful young girl. Sadly, she is trying to survive in a life with the lack of a mother. Since losing her mother it seems she is completely alone; when he father falls to the dangerous grasp of alcohol. At seventeen years old Jude is on the brink of life changing decisions; as they begin to grow overwhelming she finds herself desperately craving the return of her childhood friend Stella. The wild...more
Kym
(IM TRYING NOT TO SPILL ANYTHING. NO GARUNTEES!!!) Jude and Stella. Stella and Jude. Two complete opposites, yet one in the same. Stella is the out there, hard ass that takes nothing from anyone. Jude is the quiet, invisible girl. Jude cant stand up for herself...until Stella shows up...again. Now Jude is the outgoing, sexy dressing girl that takes nothing from anyone. Until Stella starts to ruin Jude's life, and Jude uses the skills Stella has taught her to stand up to the monster that invades...more
Pamela Hubbard
Jude's life is marked by a certain desperation. She is desperate to be someone else, to get out of her town, to get away from the "plastics" at her school, to deal with her mum's death and her father's grieving. To add to this, her childhood friend, Stella, returns and turns Jude's life into a chaotic mess.
Wow! I was completely absorbed in this book from the start. Something about Jude's life and mental processes were fascinating and I was determined to "figure things out" as Jude's story unfol...more
Lindsay
Aug 12, 2011 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA guys & girls who enjoy realistic, teen angst-y fiction
I read Wonderland because it's on the Tayshas consideration list. It's not the kind of book I would normally pick up for fun, but I did enjoy it. I actually guessed what was going on with Jude and Stella somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the way through (SPOILER ALERT: they're the same person, Fight Club style!), but then I spent the rest of the book trying to decide if I was really on the right track or not, so I think Nadin did a pretty good job creating a teen angst book with a twist. Actually...more
Zenia
It's been awhile since I've read a book about alter-egos. So I have to say that I was really hooked from the beginning to the end. Nothing like "Fight Club", obviously (because nothing can compare), but still a good read. It did however go over-the-top (no pun intended) at the end and the conclusion was straight out of a Hollywood flick but since the author makes light of that, it made it ok. No major cliff-hanger here - the reader knows from the beginning that Jude and Stella are one. But watch...more
Trish
Oh God! So much teenage angst, I couldn't stand it. I got so tired of listening (I listened to the audiobook) to Jude moan and complain about how pitiful she was and how no one liked her that I just started tuning her out whenever she started to go off. But... I kept listening. And I'm glad I stuck it through to the end of the book. I didn't see the twist coming and, upon reflection, it did make me like the story more. So, I didn't NOT like it and I don't regret the time I invested listening to...more
Myka
I ADORED this book. It's bittersweet and absolutely incredible.
Antonio
A story of how a young woman grapples and overcome her split personality.
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Joanna Nadin is an English author of juvenile fiction best known for the Rachel Riley series of teenage novels Based on Nadin's own childhood, the series follows the comedic narration of a 13-year-old girl.

Nadin has also written several books of juvenile fiction. These include two books for the Oxford University Press "Project X" series designed to encourage boys to read.

Nadin previously worked as...more
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