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Wonderland

(London Trilogy #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 t
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published May 28th 2020 by Quercus Children's Books
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Cora Tea Party Princess You don't have to, they all work as standalone. They are set in the same universe, so if you do read all three (and you should, Clean and Meat Market …moreYou don't have to, they all work as standalone. They are set in the same universe, so if you do read all three (and you should, Clean and Meat Market are excellent!) then you get to see cameos from side characters, but you won't lose anything from the story if you do not.(less)

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Kai
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, owned
"Heavens, being trans is complex. I honestly wonder what cis people do in their heads all day long."

Wonderland was a wild ride. And one of the best I've ever been on. It was long past time that I picked up a book by Juno Dawson. I've only read Proud so far, and I've been making heart eyes at her London Trilogy for a couple of years now. I was a bit scared because I wanted to like her books badly. And I'm relieved and happy to say that I loved it.

Okay here's what you're in for: a pansexual & tran
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Thebooknerd90
UPDATE

The publisher removed the Diabetes joke with immediate effect from the ebook and will be removing it from the next print run. This is a fantastic outcome, I am so thankful the author and publisher have listened and have amended it.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Jun 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm deeply disappointed by the throwaway jokes at the expense of serious health conditions in this book. This is discrimination. People die everyday in the UK of both diabetes and asthma. Think again please Juno Dawson about throwaway dialogue for a quick joke. Publishers and editors also have a responsibility here. ...more
Janna
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
this was literally something a 13-year-old could've written on wattpad ...more
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Jun 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-jar
I have received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Aoife
I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

CW: Attempted date rape, mental health decline (bipolar episodes/hallucinations/ intrusive thoughts), suicidal ideation, talk about previous suicide attempt and witnessed suicide. A lot of drug use and casual sex.

When Alice ends up finding a mysterious invitation to an elite party called Wonderland in her search to find the missing Bunny, she knows she must go and ends up in a world of trouble and highly pri
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Berry
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trans, owned, fantasy, ya, queer
See, this book is one I'm not sure how to swallow. It's a good, witty, funny and clever book who says all the right things. Not only about gender, but about feminism, morality, money, and status. It has a lot going for it. Alice, the main character, is exactly what you'd expect your cynical, brilliant and beautiful though she doesn't know it mc to be.
It was the first time I read an actual description of a sex scene(s) that features a trans person, and I couldn't be more grateful for them. It's
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Laura Trenham
After loving Meat Market and Clean for their portrayal of controversial topics, I was keen to read Dawson’s latest instalment. Unfortunately it was not for me. Marketed as an Alice in Wonderland retelling, we watch a trans girl go to a party, take lots of drugs and stuff happens (nothing of great importance). The diversity in the book is great and I loved the inclusion of a trans character but I felt there was a lack of character development and the plot was absolutely non existent. I feel the a ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
I don't think I can put into words how excited I am for this book.

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Dominic Loxley
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
I really enjoyed this book. I myself am transgender though i’m trans masculine, but I could relate a lot to Alice and various parts of this book.

It’s the sort of book that I find better when you know nothing about it, though perhaps the trigger warnings at the beginning help (ie. mental health issues, self-harm, sexual assault and drug use).

If none of those triggers effect you when reading, I definitely recommend this book
Christian
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: released-2020
What a spectacular, triumphant, smart little book. Don't miss out, is all I'm gonna say. ...more
Karen Barber
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wonderland is a riot of hedonism, mental health issues and privileged people trying to keep their positions of power. It’s bonkers, and at times reads like we’re following someone on a bad trip. I felt myself pausing for breath at times to gauge whether people could ever be as awful as they are here...and I think they probably can.
In Wonderland Juno Dawson takes us on a journey with Alice, a transgender girl who becomes worried when a friend of hers (Bunny, no less) goes missing. At her exclusiv
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Nicole Sweeney
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

Juno Dawson is one of those authors that I’ve always wanted to try but never got around to. When I heard about Wonderland, a story inspired by Alice in Wonderland I knew I had to give it a go. The story follows Alice, a young girl living the life of luxury thanks to her mother’s successful career as a crime writer. When her friend Bunny mysteriously vanishes, Alice will do anything to find her. While searching she discovers an invitation to
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Katy Noyes
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice updated for relevant issues, themes and groups. Clever stuff.

It would really help for a reader/listener to know Carroll's original, or the regular references will be wasted. The updating feels fresh, smart and is full of memorable characters, often playing on traits and lines from the children's book.

Alice now is a teenager, and the White Rabbit is her missing friend Bunny. Visiting Wonderland by invitation, she find it a sensualist days-long party where norms and expectations go out of th
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Summer Lambert
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not a book that I would normally read. I’m very much a crime and thriller kinda person. Someone uploaded this book on to my social media and recommended it, I’m not sure what made me choose to read it but I’m glad I did. I wasn’t sure on the ending but I loved the rest of it. Alice was a really likeable character and I would recommend this book to anyone that likes Skins, misfits etc.
Kirsten Moody
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let's be honest, I do love an Alice in Wonderland retelling.
Make it address alot of serious issues such as mental health, drugs, suicide and a transgender main character. I couldn't put it down.
This book is amazing in the way it talks about modern day challenges while still having it intricately linked back to the original Alice in Wonderland story.
Not only does Juno Dawson address important subjects but also does a brilliant rendition of the classic story with all the elements in there, even a
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Roelien
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-read
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Amy Rush Da Silva
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Self harm, suicide, mental health, sexual assault, murder and drug use.

When her friend, Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with trying to find her. On the trail, Alice finds a mysterious invitation to ‘Wonderland’ – the party to end all parties for the most elite. Thinking she will find Bunny there, Alice sneaks in and finds herself in the twisted underworld of privileged teenagers and their lif
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Jane Louise
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Following a *certain author’s* comments about transgender people a couple of weeks ago, I decided to show my support for the trans community by seeking out books by trans/non-binary authors and/or which feature trans/non-binary characters. I don’t read a huge number of young adult novels, but this one appealed to me immediately - a retelling of Alice in Wonderland set among London’s uber-rich, featuring a trans Alice and written by a trans author? Yes please!

It should be noted that this is the t
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Beth Jones
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review!

I haven’t read any of Juno’s fiction before and I was super excited for this. It was really intriguing and sounded wacky. I heard Juno read aloud from it back in February/March and I was so drawn into it, I knew I had to pick it up. I’ve had my copy since release, as I was lucky enough to receive a proof! However, I have only just managed to pick it up as part of our non-binary November readathon. I wanted to mention that I
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Yolanda Sfetsos
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I've read several Juno Dawson books and she never disappoints. Her stories are always fresh and raw, honest and very addictive. So of course I wanted to check out her latest release with the very cool cover.

Alice attends a posh school and is smart enough to get good grades, even though she rarely bothers to turn up to class. She's a loner and is constantly bored with the world around her. She doesn't have many friends, seems mostly detached from her family, and is tired of her mind playing trick
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Rebecca Barber
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an advance copy to review.

Before I start, I would like to mention that there was a trigger warning at the start for self-harm, sexual assault, mental health issues and drug use, but this book also contains references and flashbacks to suicide, murder, incest and transphobia. From being aware of Juno's previous books going in, I did expect heavy content, but just be warned that this book is very heavy going.

Wonderland is a dark contemporary twist on
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Charlotte
Juno Dawson seems to have a talent for writing characters -- especially in the "trilogy" (Clean, Meat Market, and Wonderland) -- that I (and I'm sure a lot of people) cannot relate to in the slightest, in terms of living with a huge amount of wealth. But I've never once feel alienated by her books. They're always so fascinating to get a glimpse into the life of people on the "other side" - the ones who live lives that I can only just imagine.

Wonderland, just like Clean and Meat Market, sucked me
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Laura Reed
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Juno Dawson is an author I follow like she is the White Rabbit. Having devoured Clean and Meat Market, reading Wonderland was a no brainer. Wonderland is a Skins-esque retelling of Alice in Wonderland, which is completely fully realised and references the original story in a truly magical way.

Sure some of the references are obvious, the main character’s name is Alice for starters, but the majority of the references reveal themselves slowly and unexpectedly. I found myself chastising me for not
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Triston
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 Star!!
Another Brilliant Story!
I absolutely loved Wonderland, and I cannot explain to you how amazing these books are!
Clean, Meat Market and Wonderland are probably some of the best books I have ever read in my life!!
Wonderland was another timely and important story, dealing with themes such as Gender, Dysphoria, Mental Health, Self Harm and just like the previous two books in the London Trilogy, it's a candid and harrowing exploration of privelage!

This was probably the most enjoyabl
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Claire
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a compelling read. A unique and modern take on Alice in Wonderland, which I really enjoyed.

Whilst exploring topics such as privilege, power and gender it also didn't shy away from harder hitting subjects like drug use, mental health, self harm and sexual assault.
Following transgender Alice on a journey to find her friend Bunny it felt at times like we were following someone on a bad trip from drugs. Was everything happening real or was it the come down from the drugs Alice t
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Amelia
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Another modern day retelling of Alice in wonderland. Whilst I thought I was going to get bored of this book very early on I’m happy to say I was wrong. If you know the original story of Alice in wonderland you’re going to very easily see where this book is heading but that’s okay because it’s done well. I will drop one star because I did feel there was a lack of originality that added little to the story In this case.

Loved the modern day take on Wonderland itself and how all the characters are a
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Medb O'Gorman
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this version of Wonderland I think it was so clever of Juno to turn Wonderland into a party. There were some characters I loved and others that really annoyed me but I think that's the whole point of it all. Aspects of Wonderland were really well done but I found some were unnecessary. I love the relationship Alice had with certain characters and wished that her story was explored more. The ending was super cheesy but in an unexpected way. Overall I loved June's version of Wonde ...more
Luisa
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being Alice's in wonderland my favourite book, I couldn't help but really appreciate all the small details and references to the original book. It was an amazing and intricate way to explore gender, privilege, and mental health. Alice's feelings and thoughts are so well described that I could feel them as if they were my own. I did get lost in the pages and I can't emphasise enough how much I loved it ...more
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Previously wrote under the name James Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017) which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17).

Juno also wrote the bestsellin
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