Wonderland by Joanna Nadin

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Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status and her pathetic dad, who hasn’t gotten past her mother’s death. The one bright light is drama, her way out, if only she can get into the Lab, a prestigious program in London. Then Stella, Jude’s childhood best friend, swaggers in after years away. With bold and magnetic Stella by her side, Jude knows she’s capable of anything. But Stella’s influence extends well beyond the theater. Soon Stella’s wild and dangerous streak begins to cause trouble for Jude — yet Jude can’t bring herself to abandon Stella and the attention she’s always craved. And besides, now that Stella’s back, there’s no stopping her. In Jude’s dark and tangled story, British author Joanna Nadin plumbs the aftermath of loss and the consequences of becoming the person you always wished you were.
 

About Joanna Nadin

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Joanna Nadin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the YA novel Wonderland. She lives in England.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Candlewick. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Stella tells Jude “there is no me without you,” Jude is forced to come to grips with her recent gaps in memory and Stella’s destructive influence.

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Jude longs for the return of her brash childhood friend, Stella, and soon after, Stella pops back into Jude's life, helping Jude regain her confidence—even taking her place at a crucial acting audition—but also leading her down a path of self-destructive behavior.

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