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In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben... who, as Alex's bad l ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 6th 2019 by Scholastic
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Alice Oseman
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon James Green's books always seem to arrive in my life exactly when I need them! ALEX IN WONDERLAND took me right out of my head and made me forget about the real world for a little while. Funny and silly and lovely and awkward. I wished this book would never end.
Tess
5 stars

Absolutely wonderful!!!

This had everything I love the most in a YA romance ... it was funny, sweet and romantic, all in a very slow burn sort of way. I especially adored Alex. He was so incredibly awkward and shy and I just wanted to hug him over and over again. Okay, his love interest was pretty freaking adorable too.
Anyta Sunday
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just an absolute charming young adult story. Slow burn, sweet, romantic, fun and funny.

Very easy reading, this author shows SO much skill and talent. I have loved everything I have read so far, and am super excited for his next romantic pairing.

Such a great voice.

I hope Simon James Green has a stab at a New Adult romance sometime. I'd love to read about characters in their twenties. This author's voice would be fantastic for it. ;-)
Michael
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-themed
A Scooby sized mystery for socially awkward Alex and his new friends Ben and Efia to solve means great fun reading for me!

This was as good, maybe better, than the author’s Noah books were, and just as awkward and touching. Green can really write.

Alex gets a summer job at a game/fun house in a pier type resort town and it is being sabotaged by a mysterious person who leaves ominous notes. Amongst this there is an interesting cast of characters who could all be guilty. And of course, there’s per
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Coenraad
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the new Simon James Green appears (electronically or otherwise), one puts Naipaul and Forster aside - and one is richly rewarded. This new story about 16 year old Alex and his social clumsiness is deftly plotted, weaving a love story with a bit of a mystery. Others can summarise the narrative more extensively; I focus on the fun of the novel.

It is as funny as Green's books about the hapless Noah, with moments causing loud belly laughs. The mystery about the threat to Wonderland, the town's
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Liam Owens
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Warning: This book is full of cute smoosh and adorably awkward boys. If that's your thing, you've hit the jackpot (also: hmu, you've obviously got excellent reading taste and I'm always in need of more sickeningly sweet gay romance stories).

Alex in Wonderland is the perfect summer YA read: it's got a slow-burn romance (the best kind of romance - disagree? fight me), a hopelessly awkward protagonist, a lovably diverse and three-dimensional supporting cast, a compelling mystery, and bucket-loads o
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Vanessa
How do you rate a book that you know you were definitely too old for? As in, I like me some YA, but some just definitely 100% written for people who aren't older than 16. Nothing wrong with that, but how do you approach rating & reviewing something like that? Sigh.
Stephen C
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the dose of summer joy THAT. I. NEEDED. AND. YOU. NEED. TOO! That is basically my review! Buy the book. Now. Read it. Love it. Enjoy it and wait for the Netflix film, because this is the perfect project for a Netflix film, I can see it now and am available for cameos. I have a lot of arcade experience as per below!

This book was a joy in so many ways. I used to go to the beach every summer with my mother and whether it would be Blackpool or Brighton I would always bring a bag of 1ps
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Kayleigh Brindley
Omg I did not want this book to end. All the stars from me! And can we get Simon James Green an Oscar or something for consistently writing the absolute sweetest muppets I’ve ever known!?!

Full review at My Endless Shelf
Sakhile
3.5 stars

I loved this book but not as much as I loved the Noahs. Simon James Green definitely knows how to write an awkward, disaster gay. Idk I just felt like there was something missing and I'm not sure what.

The story was great. It had an element of mystery that I loved. The characters were amazing and funny.
jenice
i think i like the noah books better, but i still really enjoyed this one. it’s silly fun & it’s one of the only books that have actually made me laugh out loud. simon james green’s writing always makes me happy and i can’t wait for whatever he has planned next
ancientbookbride
Things I like:
The ending aka the twist of who-done-it
The characters, despite my issues, were funny and relatable and well written
The romance was well done and wasn't always the center of the story

Things I don't like:
The falling out moment between friends
Kendra's character
I wish the ending had more of a resolution

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Matthew Heslop
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
5 stars!!

I can always rely on Simon James Green to give me an amazing, hilarious gay love story, with a hint of mystery!

Loved every second of reading this and laughed out loud multiple times throughout.
ThatBookGal
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore how wonderfully ridiculous Simon's books are, and Alex in Wonderland doesn't disappoint. If you've read the Noah series, you pretty much know exactly what to expect here, there's just a new awkward teenager to meet, as well as a troop of adorable friends.

I loved the seaside setting, it was the perfect summery garden read. There is nothing too serious here, and just a bunch of awkward hilarity. I laughed outloud a couple of times, and did feel very sorry for poor Alex.
Jay Bracknell
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastically fun YA set in a fading seaside town being eyed for redevelopment. The thrown together gang of amusement arcade kids are lively and distinctive, the mystery has enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing, and the romance has just enough sadness in it to give it depth (via sandwiches). Heartily recommend.
Neil
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-theme
Absolutely brilliant read. Totally recommended for fans of young adult gay themed fiction - or actually young adult fiction. Laugh out loud hilarious and wipe away a tear romantic. The plot moves along at a good pace. The characters are engaging and likeable / adorable. A step up from the Noah series by the same author. Don't know if there will be a sequel - could be good but it might be better to leave alone. Anyway can't wait to see what Simon James Green will come up with next. It is good to ...more
Alice
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was brilliant! This is the kind of book I love, with awkward, funny and utterly adorable moments, and it had me giggling, slightly cringing (at times) and constantly squealing out loud. I can't wait to read whatever Simon James Green next comes up with.
Kt
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh, cry and cringe all at the same time 😂 wowza. I already want to read it again, really sent my emotions off on a rollercoaster. And the eNdIng holY shizzels! 😂😂 I really want more though omg why do books end?!?!
Hannah
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a full-length novel by Simon James Green and had only experienced his work from the Proud anthology in which he wrote a short story called 'Penguins' which was incredibly cute, adorable and heartwarming. This is why following seeing Simon talk at a Pride related event that I decided to pick up Alex in Wonderland, a book that I can only describe as adorable, awkward and had this ability to pull me in so much that often I forget about everything and everyone around me when I was ...more
Noah De Campos Neto
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sally
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex is a socially awkward guy who is reeling from once again chasing an unavailable boy. He has equal success/tragedy in his home life, with a difficult relationship with his dad and his girlfriend, no summer job prospects and literally no confidence in any of it ever improving.
Through a catalogue of misfortune, injury and embarrassment, Alex meets a great new bunch of friends at a failing seaside attraction called Wonderland. He finds some new confidence through their. As his world opens up, s
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ranði
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
This is just absolute cuteness overload honestly. Funny, lighthearted and just fucking adorable okay?

The characters were great, you can see with some how they’re dealing with their own issues yet this book is very light it doesn’t dig deep into them. This is a great summer read, something with fluff that will leave a smile on your face through the whole reading experience. Alex is a great main character who honestly represents most teenagers, insecure, shy and an over thinker about absolutely ev
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Sophie
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I can be a bit of a grump when it comes to YA sometimes, but I’m also easily manipulated by social media in my decisions which books to read, and while I probably won’t read *every* book by *every* author stopping by Gay’s the Word, I did get this one.

It’s a great summer read, set in an old arcade in an English coastal town during the summer holidays, and it’s hilarious. Alex is super awkward but also super lovable, and the friends he makes during summer are fantastic, too. There’s also some ge
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Lucy ❁♡ ★
GOOD:
-Alex. I love him. Like, actually love him. Yeah, he can be whiny and annoying and self~pitying but he’s also hilarious and adorable.
-Setting. Like, an amusement park? Yes please.
-Family dynamics. It was interesting to see the father and step-mother situation, or step-monster more like, Kendra was terrible.
-Writing style. Loved it. Easy, funny and amusing.
-laugh-out-loud hilarious. One of the funniest books I’ve read all year.
-Great diversity.
-Lovely friendships.

BAD:
-I just wasn’t b
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Tony DeHaan
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one hilarious (YA) novel. It centres aroud the socially awkward Alex who somehow gets a job at the run-down arcade “Wonderland”. It’s in financial trouble, the owner gets threatening letters, and there is sabotage and bad press. Surely Alex’ “evil” step-mother (a project developer) is not behind this?
Then there’s Ben, one of Alex’ colleagues, who may or may not be gay (because he has a GIRLFRIEND…?), and Caleb the Lemon Boy (whom Alex also fancies). And so this story quickly turns into o
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Beatrice
3.5 stars
Anniek
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a funny, refreshing summer read! I actually laughed out loud quite a few times. This book is all kinds of ridiculous, but in the best way possible.
ngọc ♡
2.5/5

book, it's not you, it's me.

i would've liked Alex in Wonderland a lot more if i'd been in the right mood. i wanted something short and sweet, and while this book is definitely sweet and very funny (like, it made me laugh out loud), it's also pretty long and unlike what i expected. i also wasn't the biggest fan of the narrative voice and couldn't connect with any of the characters.
J. Taylor
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 While I really liked Alex, he kind of reminded me a little too much of Noah who was the narrator of the author's previous works. And I wasn't a fan of how the mystery ended either. (view spoiler) ...more
KatieBookQueen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reviews, humor, ukya, lgbt
Reviewed @ The Queen of Teen Fiction

THE PLOT
Alex needs a job for the summer and accidentally lands himself working at Wonderland, the local arcade that’s been a part of Newsands for as long as he can remember. Making unexpected friends and falling for a boy who may or may not have a girlfriend, Alex starts his path to accepting his awkwardness and finding a place to belong. As a huge fan of Simon’s Noah series, I was hugely excited to delve into this book and I had good reason to be. Alex in Won
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