Author: Simon James Green
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 06/06/19
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 luck would have it, has a girlfriend.
Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems…
Before I start, can we all just take about an hour to sob and appreciate the dedication? I’d do exactly the same for mine if I wrote books.
Set in the town of Newsands, Alex is facing a summer alone after his two best friends go away together (leaving him behind). Alex lands a summer job in Wonderland, a declining amusement arcade on the sea front. This is where he meets fellow misfits, Ben and Efia. When threats and bailiffs come to the door, Alex, Ben and Efia take it upon themselves to revamp and save Wonderland.
You know those books that are described as “laugh out loud funny” but don’t quite manage it? This isn’t one of them, Alex in Wonderland is hilarious, heartwarming and so relateable! Humour is so hard to get right on paper and Simon does a flawless job, 99% of the time you’re laughing because you’ve done it yourself. Said and done funny and embarrassing things while drunk, check! Never sure if a conversation is one and hover awkwardly, check!
I couldn’t get enough of this one, it was permanently glued to my hands. I looked for any excuse to hide away and sneak a couple more chapters in, Alex in Wonderland was everything I wanted and so much more. I adored every aspect of the story, from the character development to the romance and more importantly Artoo Dogtoo! I’m 1000% there for canine characters, especially when they have geeky names. I can’t recommend Alex in Wonderland enough, while you’re at it, read the Noah Can’t Even books too! I promise you won’t regret it.