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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau
"In The Wonder Bread Summer, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, 20-year-old Allie Dodgson has adventures that rival those Alice had down the rabbit hole. Or those of Weeds’ Nancy Botwin.

Allison is working at a dress shop to help pay for college. The dress shop turns out to be a front for drug dealers. And Allison ends up on the run—with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine.

With a hit man after her, Allison wants the help of her parents. But there’s a problem: Her mom took off when Allison was eight; her dad moves so often Allison that doesn’t even have his phone number…"- summary from Amazon

I absolutely loved Blau's debut and I really enjoyed this book too. I like the time period of the 80s for this book- Blau likes using different decades for her books and it's fun reading a story that's set not too far in the past just to see how things were back then.

This was just a fun, crazy story, though it's a bit misleading calling it "The Wonder Bread Summer" when the events of the book take place over a period of less than a week, it seems. But that doesn't really matter, lol; just made me expect something a little different.

I had no idea this was loosely based on Alice in Wonderland until I found the summary for this post, but I can totally get that from the book. It's a wild ride and makes the story very compelling, keeping the pages turning. Allison meets a LOT of interesting characters while on her journey (including a famous rocker), and there's some intriguing twists and turns through the book.

Overall, another wonderful summer read from Blau and after reading this, it really makes me want to read her second book which I never got a chance to get a hold of. I miss her wonderful, breezy writing.

FTC: Received e-galley from Edelweiss. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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