Oh my. This book, y’all.
I’ve mentioned before what a huge Cinderella story freak I am, but have I made it clear that I’m also a huge Alice fan?
I mean, I feel like you should know that, what with all my Jabberwocky mentions, the salivating over doing the Dinner and a Movie for Alice: Through the Looking Glass and all the tea parties I insist you throw.
Maybe you’ve not been paying attention, though. So let me just tell you, I heart all things Wonderland.
And Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons is no exception, my friends. In fact, it’s topping my list of Alice re-writes right now.
You know I’m a sucker for the apocalypse.
I’m also a sucker for new spins on the apocalypse, and The Colony by Kathleen Groger?
It is definitely that.
Okay, so I know you probably hate it when I do this to you, but I have to tell you about this book. (By ‘this’, I mean sing a book’s praises a couple of months before it actually gets released. It’s not actually out till April 4. But you can pre-order this baby for the magic Amazon delivery that happens on go day and be wonderfully surprised by the book mysteriously showing up on your Kindle or in your mailbox. Because books showing up out of the blue is The Best. Thing. Ever.)
Having said that, listen.
You know me. You know I’m not a big fan of straight romance novels. I want my stories to have some meat. But I have to admit I’m kinda a sucker for all things Cinderella. We won’t talk about the various different versions of the story I have on DVD or some book format. It’s freaking embarrassing, okay?
Having said That, Geekerella has become one of my very favorites.
Oh, the last line of this book.
You have to read this book just for the last line.
Zander is sent to a camp for kids with ‘heightened emotional and mental states,’ or, in the words of the campers, a camp for crazies. But this isn’t just a book a book about a bunch of crazy teenagers. It’s a true literary treasure.
We start the story not knowing why Zander is at the camp, but neither do any of the other campers. When Zander begins to connect with some very eccentric characters–Grover Cleveland, Alex Trebek, and (most importantly) Cassie–we learn more about her along with them. And we learn more about them along with her. These characters are so complex and real and raw. All the problems a teenager might have to deal with are dealt with here: death, suicide, body image, loneliness, attention-seeking–all the things.