Title: The Wonder Bread Summer
Publisher: Harper Perenniel
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Book Blurb: Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, delivers another darkly hilarious, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel with Wonder Bread Summer.
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….
Set in 1980s California, The Wonder Bread Summer is a wickedly funny and fresh caper that’s sure to please fans of Christopher Moore, Carl Hiaasen, and Marcy Dermansky
Review: It isn't often that I read a book that I can instantly visualize as a movie, but this is one of them. Allie's story is one that is totally unbelievable but is such a wild ride that you simply won't be able to put the book down.
When her boss, Jonas won't pay her, after getting her high and flashing his privates at her, she grabs a Wonder Bread bag of cocaine and starts running.
From that point on the wild starts and Allie meets the most unusual cast of characters on her journey to keep breathing; there's her college friend, Beth, Roger the quadriplegic porn producer, her mom and the crazy rock band she's the tambourine girl for and then there is rocker Billy Idol. (Oh to see him in a film version of this crazy story).
I absolutely loved Allie for all her craziness, and it was near impossible not to hurt with her when she was with her mom Penny and Jet, and you could tell that there were no maternal feelings going on there. That was sad. But just the opposite was when Allie finally got in touch with her dad, Frank. Frank was totally bad ass, and he loved his daughter.
Allie was totally naive through the book, as you see how she ends up in the predicament she's in, you couldn't help but want to slap a little common sense into her.
The other thing the really stands out in this book are the many sayings she remembers her grandma Wai Po saying.
This book was totally fun and crazy. Oh and did I mention it was set in the 80s? Woo hoo!
I can totally see this as fun summer film, just as it was a fun summer read!
Rating: 5 flowers