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ARC Book Review: ‘Alex in Wonderland’ by Simon James Green.

Title: Alex in Wonderland

Author: Simon James Green

Length: 387 pages

Publisher: Scholastic


As soon as I found out Simon James Green had another book coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy.

Socially awkward Alex is used to disappointment, and this summer is looking to be his sorriest yet. When he unexpectedly lands a job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade, he starts to making new friends. It looks like his bad luck is about to change. But in Wonderland nothing is quite as it seems. And in life and love, sometimes you have to make your own luck.

His breath was heavy as he pulled me closer to him, our stomachs brushing under the water, legs intertwined, as he pressed himself into me and then his lips were on mine or mine were on his, I’m not quite sure who initiated it, and… It. Was. Epic.’

I absolutely, 100% loved this book. I’m not sure what else I really need to say. I adored it! I guess I’ll explain why I loved it so much. Let the compliments begin.

First of all, the characters. I loved them. Alex was such a wonderful main character to follow on his journey. He was witty, loveable and sincere. The supporting characters were also wonderful. Efia, Caleb and Maggie. They made such a good group.

I also really enjoyed the story. It was a slow-burn romance (my favourite kind). It was totally worth the wait! When does that ever happen? It was sweet, heartfelt. It’s a testament to the writing that I was willing (begging) the two characters to get together.

What surprised me about this book, that I loved, was the storyline of the friends trying to save Wonderland. Alex, Ben and Efia were such a great team. I loved reading about them trying to reach their goal. You know I love this in a book. Their dedication to Wonderland and Maggie was wonderful. It also had a surprise ending that really made me smile.

I just loved this book from the writing, characters, story. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s the perfect read for Pride Month (or any month). I think this book is going to give a lot of hope to young people in the LGBT community that read this.

I do have just one question, can I get a sequel?

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Scholastic UK. It’s out June 6th.

Until the next review


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