Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

44140770Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars
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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 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…


I received this book in exchange for review from the publisher but this did not affect my opinion at all.

I loved Simon James Green’s previous books that I read last year so when I was offered the opportunity to read and review his latest release, I knew that I needed to read it.

This book was just as light and funny as I knew it was going to be. Simon has a trademark writing style that is perfectly in line with his real life humour (hearing him talk in real life is what lead to me finally reading his books). You will laugh a lot when you read his books and Alex in Wonderland is no exception. Full of his hilarious humour with awkward situations and second hand embarassment, this book is the perfect book to read all in one on a light summery day.

I devoured this book in one sitting. YA contemporary is my favourite genre so I always fly through them quite quickly but I especially love reading funny UKYA contemporary. What made this book even more intriguing was the mystery aspect. It isn’t just a cute romance, it has various mysterious things occuring.

The romance was obviously adorable. I love reading funny and entertaining gay YA contemporaries because a lot of them tend to be very dramatic and serious. I love how natural the romance felt in this book as both characters are dealing with their own issues. I also loved the large cast of characters that this book deals with as every single character felt fleshed out with actual personalities which is sometimes hard to do with large groups.

As you can see, I only gave this book 4 stars so it wasn’t perfect. In my opinion, the ending was too rushed as well as the reveal of the big mystery. I wish the reveal was a bigger part of the book. I also feel like if you have read his previous books, Alex feels very similar to Noah. It’s hard to distinguish many differences between the two characters so at times, it did honestly feel like I was reading a third installment in the Noah Can’t Even series. However, overall I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and a great read to devour in one sitting. I highly recommend you all go pick it up when it releases on the 6th of June.


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