My thoughts: Wonderland is one of those books I wanted to like so much more than I did. The premise is fabulous--a female indie rock star primed for a comeback and traveling across music drinking and playing shows? It's practically tailor-made for me. Yet as I read, I never felt connected to Anna. Worse still--I never particularly cared about her. D'Ersasmo is a gifted writer, and I enjoyed myself as I read, but I kept waiting for something more, and this never fully came together for me. Still, it was a quick read, and I enjoyed the time I spent with it, but I doubt it will stay with me for long.
The verdict: Despite a premise that immensely appealed to me and strong writing, Wonderland fell flat for me. I wanted more from Anna as a character because so much hinges on her internally and externally.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Length: 259 pages
Publication date: May 6, 2014
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