Synopses & Reviews
Shes back. Judes childhood friend — sexy, daring Stella— returns to their stifling hometown, and life will never be the same again.
Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status and her pathetic dad, who hasnt gotten past her mothers 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, Judes childhood best friend, swaggers in after years away. With bold and magnetic Stella by her side, Jude knows shes capable of anything. But Stellas influence extends well beyond the theater. Soon Stellas wild and dangerous streak begins to cause trouble for Jude — yet Jude cant bring herself to abandon Stella and the attention shes always craved. And besides, now that Stellas back, theres no stopping her. In Judes 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.
"'Jude. Named after a song in the hope that I'd stand out and shine. But I didn't. Jude the Invisible. Jude the Obscure.' British author Nadin's wrenching U.S. debut centers on 16-year-old Jude, a talented actress who feels outcast, alone, and out of place at school and at home, where the presence of her vibrant mother still lingers years after her death. 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. Observant readers will pick up clues in Nadin's prose that hint at the book's twist ending, but the author skillfully keeps the conclusion from feeling foregone, even with an opening scene that has Jude and Stella in a car about to head over a cliff. Indeed, even those who figure out Stella's secret before Jude does won't be disappointed in their final confrontation, and many will want to reread the book armed with their new knowledge. Ages 14 up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Joanna Nadin is the author of numerous books for young readers. Wonderland marks her YA debut in the United States. She says, "I wanted to explore the idea of identity, and of wanting to be someone else, which is what I seemed to spend a large part of my teens, and some of my adulthood, doing." She lives in Bath, England.