Juno Dawson’s latest novel Wonderland (Quercus, out today) is officially categorised as young adult fiction. But don’t let that put you off. It’s a highly addictive and astute exploration of our societal obsessions with social media, appearances and money – and a deliciously debauched retelling of Lewis Carroll’s beloved 1865 classic, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
Here, the iconic character of Alice is reimagined as a ferociously smart transgender teen who’s struggling to cope at her elite public school. When her troubled love interest goes missing, Alice sets out to track her down – armed with nothing more than a mysterious invite to a wonderland-themed party.
The novel features many of Carroll’s original characters and scenes, playfully reworked for 2020: think YouTube-famous Tweedle twins and Absolem the caterpillar as a teen drug dealer. “With shades of Euphoria, Skins and Gossip Girl, Wonderland provides some much-needed escapism while expertly tackling serious themes like self-harm, suicide, addiction, gender and sexuality,” says Stylist’s SEO executive Lucy Robson. And in our current socially-distanced climate, there’s no better time to dive head-first down a hedonistic fictional rabbit hole. £7.99, Waterstones