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Looking-Glass Girl

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Alice nearly didn't go to the sleepover. Why would Savvy, queen of the school, invite someone like her?

Now Alice is lying unconscious in a hospital bed.

Lost in a wonderland of dreams and half-formed memories, she's surrounded by voices - the doctor, her worried friends and Luke, whose kisses the night of the fall took her by surprise . . .

When the accident happened her wor
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Puffin
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Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really quick but excellent read. I promised my preteen self I would always read Cathy Cassidy's books, as she was probably my first favourite author. As a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, I thought 'Looking Glass Girl' was inventive and addicting, hence why I read it in one sitting. I was desperate to unravel the mystery, without unravelling Alice's mind. Classic Cathy Cassidy, never fails to write an amazing story! ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
3.5 out of 5 stars!

This is a modern day reimagine of Alice In Wonderland and quick fun fact, my mum called me Alice after her favourite childhood book Alice In Wonderland! The Alice in this story goes to a themed sleepover and experiences an accident. In hospital, she is in a coma and while she can hear the conversations of her family, friends and doctors, she can't physically reach out and touch them. Through this coma, she ends up in the world of Wonderland to which she isn't sure about findin
Rose Young
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I decided to read the book 'Looking-Glass Girl' because it sounded like a book that I myself could connect to. Also the front cover was very appealing and had drawn my attention into it. A character that I was very interested in, in the book, was Alice (The main character.) Alice started off as a young, confident girl with lots of friends that she spent all of her spare time with. But as she got older, things changed and her friends started to become jealous of her, stating that their friendship ...more
Paula  Phillips
Looking Glass Girl is a junior fiction novel aimed at girls aged 9-14 years . Are you a fan of Alice in Wonderland and don't mind touching on edgy subjects, then this is the book for you.

Once upon a time there were three best friends Elaine, Yasmin and Alice - right until the summer before they left for junior high , they were the best of friends - the three muskateers. That was until Alice decided to give Drama a go and managed to land the lead role in the school play Alice in Wonderland in wh
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Looking Glass Girl
By Cathy Cassidy

I decided to read 'Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy because it was recommended to me by a friend (Rose) and she really enjoyed it. I also found this book really appealing with it's distinctive cover and intriguing blurb.

To me the main character Alice was really interesting. The Author did a really good job with her, she made it so that after Alice had her 'accident' her whole story started almost backwards and I liked how Cathy Cassidy also included aspects
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Good morning :-) !

I'm starting my day with this.
And I'm very impressed :-) !

It is a young adult book.
Which is just what I am ;-) so that works perfectly.

I'm reading it because my niece is, so we can chat about it. But I keep forgetting that as it pulls me in :-) .

It is a book about what it is like to be a young adult. How friends you love and trust turn their backs on you and how the only way to find your way back to true friendship is to find, not them, but you.


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Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! One of the best books I've read. ...more
Beth Jones
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Re-imaginings are always difficult to get right, and people tend to have a love/hate relationship with them. But I have to say, Cathy got it spot on!

This book was utterly captivating. Even for me, who has been in a reading slump for months that I rarely appear to get out of...this one pulled me out, if only for a day. Yes, I said a day. I sped through those 275 pages quicker than I expected!

I love the casual twists and turns this book took, and the hint o
Lavender  Sparrow
Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really do hate to give 1 star reviews because so much work going into writing a book. But this was just such a let down to me, it was meant to be a celebration of 150 years of Alice in Wonderland.
But really what it read like (to me anyway) was a book the author already had ready to go, but since she was asked to do a Alice story she just added a weak Wonderland theme. If you took every reference to Alice out of this book you would still be left with the same story.
Such a massive disappointmen
Halsey's Little Hurricane
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book is one of the best books i have ever read! in a lot of ways the main character Alice is like me ;-) i got this book signed by Cathy Cassidy and she is really nice! i recommend this to everyone!
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is so sad but good. I love how it's written present and past at the same time. I'm not going to give away any big spoilers but I will say, when you're reading this book you truly will fall into wonderland... ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. It's very different to Cathy Cassidy's other books, it goes from the present to the past. It's definitely worth reading. ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Karen Patrick
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade


Hear ye, hear ye! Cathy Cassidy has done it again! 😍🤩

I've been absent from Cathy's world for a while now. The last book I read from her was Cherry Crush and I adored the world of the Chocolate Box girls. And today, I stumbled across this book by her that she says is an Alice In Wonderland-inspired novel?? Girl, you don't have to ask me twice. Wonderland is like catnip to me. 🤡🤠

I was expecting it to be like her other books. Note that Cathy usually has a very familiar and
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.75

This was my second time reading this book and my second time loving it.

Lainey or Elaine whichever you want to call her, is a bitch throughout the book and pissed me off so much but I guess in every book you've got to either hate a character or have a problem with them and Elaine or Lainey was that character.

Yaz was ok but she wasn't really in the book much and never really spoke much and I would of loved to have had more of her.

Erin i really liked and not because we have the same na
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-books
Alice in Wonderland is my all time favourite book; for an avid reader, that’s saying a lot. I absolutely adore the story and the unique and peculiar cast of characters Carroll had dreamed up. Therefore, to find this book hidden at the back at the shelves of my local library felt like discovering buried treasure.

This book was wonderful. Flawlessly weaving in themes of friendship, bullying and finding yourself, Cassidy creates a captivating and creative turn on the classic tale that had me
Charlotte Stevenson
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a young adult novel that I have been putting off (and yet simultaneously pining to read) for a long time. This being largely due to the alluding to Alice in Wonderland in the title. I'm never usually a big fan of adaptations of Wonderland. I feel too often they take one aspect and push it until it breaks. For instance, madness or fairytale. The point is that the text is just believable enough that we are there with Alice and that cannot be achieved if the boundaries are explained. Wonder ...more
Blake Farron
So this was a cute, easy read. Probably only took about an hour (or an hour and a half, somewhere between the two for sure). I didn't go in expecting much, since it's a middle grade, contemporary fiction (actually I think I went in expecting the worst, even though I've read some of the author's books before when I was younger, and really enjoyed them). Thankfully it's actually quite pleasant, and not the worst.

That aside, I think the first thing that needs to be established is this is NOT a rete
Lauren Drake
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book effortless to get into both the story and the characters. It’s a book I long think about even after reading. As a children’s book I was surprised at the depths and dark tones this story offers and the protagonist narrative did not disappoint and allowed me to be fully empathetic and attached from beginning g to end.

Whilst I’d say it’s not a thriller of a book, I definitely found this addictive and I found the depth of the characters made them more relatable and real. From the
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I’ve been a fan of Cathy Cassidy since my pre-teen years, so I had to pick this book up and see what direction her books are leading to, especially seeing that it’s Alice in Wonderland inspired.

I’ve read this in a matter of hours, the plot not dragging and was quite fast paced. The book, like most of her others, deal with serious topics in a subtle way. This was portrayed in a bit of a darker way though.

But to be quite honest, I didn’t like any of the characters. None were relatable (maybe cause
Incredibly dramatic

I chose to give this book five stars because it was scary and dramatic and awesome and I absolutely loved it! The story really has a moral of don't be fooled and as all Cathy Cassidy books and me are, I was drawn to it! I would highly recommend it to older readers who love drama and romance.
Give it a try whilst you curl up on the sofa with a chocolate sprinkled mocha and a jam tart! I am guaranteed you will love it!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, teen
I love how the book is a modern-day Alice in Wonderland.
A teenager has a accident at a sleepover which puts her into a coma. Whilst in the coma she ends up in Wonderland, where she can hear her 'friends' and family but can't communicate with them. She has to find the 'need' to escape from there because life wasn't brilliant beforehand.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this book. I loved how it went from past to present between chapters and I love how we were kept in the dark the whole time. This isn't really a mystery novel but is an amazing read. The character development (both good and bad) is not extensive but fits the story. Though it might be easy to predict stuff at a few moments, this book is definitely worth the read. ...more
Eliza  Wood
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book for young readers, the story is relatable and has deep meaning about friendship. It told us about a very common problems happened in our teenagers environment with light, enjoyable words but at the same time set an example about bravery and forgiveness.
Vanessa Jones
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jnr-fic
I've always like Alice in wonderland. This is a nice take on the story that doesn't mangle it, or try to recreate it. It gives it a real life, with real issues and little links to Wonderland.
Nice read. Probably be a good one to give my daughters one day!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed re-reading this book. It’s a modern take of Alice in Wonderland and takes on a metaphorical point of view of falling into the rabbit hole which I haven’t really seen before, which was really fun to read.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is the second time I read it and I think I enjoyed it more this time because I'm older and I understood it alot more of what was happening and what was going on than I did a few years ago. and I'm ashamed to say I read it in the period of 3 hours when I was supposed to be sleeping. ...more
Katring Chubunny
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got a little bit emotional at some parts I had to admit. Quite a sad book, but the ending makes up for it all. :)
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I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions.

I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine.

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