Book Review: Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo

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One of my favourite things to do is sit down with a great book and a cup of coffee. Just like my Mom, I am an avid reader. It usually doesn’t take long for me to finish a book, unless I really can’t get into it. Then it feels like it takes me forever to get through the book. Which, unfortunately, leads me to Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo.

When I read the premise of this book, I thought it seemed right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to read it. Here is the synopsis:

Anna Brundage is a rock star. She was an overnight indie sensation, but lost her fame just as fast as she found it. Now forty-four, she pours everything into a comeback, selling her father’s art to finance an album and a European tour. A riveting look at the life of a musician and the moving story of a woman’s unconventional path, Wonderland is a glimpse of how it feels when a wish just might come true. – Stacey D’Erasmo

As a musician myself, I was very excited to dive into this fiction novel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Here’s why:

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo

Although the imagery in this book was at times stunning, the storyline seemed disjointed to me. The plot was a mixture of flashbacks and present day, which confused me and made it hard for me to connect with the story. There didn’t seem to be an arch to the plot-line, or a climax to the story. Occasionally I would get hooked into a page or two, but it didn’t capture me as much as I had hoped.

Stacey D’Erasmo does seem to be a very talented writer and uses excellent word choice throughout the novel. For me, it was the story and the characters that fell flat.

Anna, the main character, doesn’t really seem to have a passion for what she is doing. She seems tired, listless and in an unhealthy mindset. The book follows her as she abuses drugs and alcohol and sleeps around while on tour. While this could be an honest depiction of some people’s life as a musician, I was hoping for a more inspiring, hard-working individual as the main character.

Of course, this is just my personal opinion. This could very well be an interesting read for some, just not for me. When looking at other reviews of Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo online, there seems to be mixed responses. It is rated 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

When I start reading a book, I feel the need to finish it.

My brain tells me that life is too short to finish a book that you aren’t enjoying, but my heart won’t let me give up on it. I am glad I finished Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo, but it definitely didn’t change my life in any way or make me think about anything differently. It was just meh.

Because the imagery was so well-written and D’Erasmo was eloquent in her wording, I may read another one of her novels in the future. Just because I wasn’t fond of this storyline, doesn’t mean I won’t like her other works. I can definitely tell that she is talented at what she does.

If you want to check out Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo or any of her other works, here are a couple of links for you. Keep in mind, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means if you purchase something through this link, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Thank you for reading this review of Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo. If you enjoy reading book reviews, please feel free to check out some of my other ones:

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