I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Unbirthday from Disney. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected a kids level narrative, but it was really well written for adults and young adults with some surprising topics hidden within. The author did a great job providing a realistic world for Alice to live within that was both magical and historically accurate.
At the beginning of the story, the author offers a preface for some possible triggers within the book, but I didn’t see anything that would be too offensive, but maybe that’s because of the warning.
The characters were each unique and vivid and I loved the way Alice described how she felt about them, rather than what they were like and that inspired how she interacted with the characters actively, rather than just passively having conversations. This is something I’ve noticed in a lot of books as both a reader and writer.
The plot was fun and intriguing as we walk with Alice from her journey’s and care-free mind set into the world of Wonderland. The author does an amazing job of capturing the psychadelicness of wonderland in the writing itself as Alice struggles to remember if Wonderland is real, and then while building the world of Wonderland itself and her determination to relive the world she loved and the threats it now faces.
Some parts did drag out a bit, but it fit well with the story and wasn’t enough to really make a big difference in the overall narrative.
The hardest part was coming out of the book when the story was finished. This is one of those books that just pulls you in and coming out of it is like waking up from a dream. You don’t want it to end and it feels like you’ve lost a friend once the story is over.
Overall, this book is a 5 out of 5 stars for unique, amazing writing and well written characters, fun plots made for adult kids. Women over 20 will love this book and it would definitely make a great TV show or movie. I’d imagine it would be very similar to something like Once Upon a Time in the way the characters would be different for each show, though Alice would remain the same and it would be fun to see it switch between reality and Wonderland with each episode.