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The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel

The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel

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by Jessica Anya Blau

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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

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The Wonder Bread Summer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
If Carl Hiaasen lived in California instead of Florida, he may have written a book like Jessica Anya Blau's The Wonder Bread Summer. Set in 1983, when I was a few years older than the protagonist Allie Dodgson, the story takes place in Berkeley and Los Angeles. The story opens a bang, with 20 year-old Allie trapped in the back room of the clothing store she works in by the owner Jonas, who is trying to get Allie to snort some coke and take her clothes off. Yeah, it's that kind of book. Jonas has not paid Allie the wages she is owed, and Allie needs the money or she will be thrown out of college, so Allie takes the Wonder Bread bag filled with coke and runs away. Maybe the coke she snorted altered her judgement, but she does not turn back. Her plan is to borrow her friend Beth's car, and sell enough coke to make the money Jonas owes her. Then she will return the rest of the coke to Jonas and all will be cool. Well, that was the plan. She finds a surfer who wants to buy some of the coke, but she has no idea how much to sell it for. She goes home to her father's restaurant in LA, only to find it closed. Her mother is a groupie for a has-been rock band, and wants to share the coke with the band. Allie goes on a double date with Beth and ends up almost overdosing her date- Roger, a paraplegic porn producer. Jonas has dispatched someone to kill Allie and get his coke back, but thank goodness Roger and his kindly minions are there to help her. Oh yeah, and Allie meets 80s rocker Billy Idol and has a romantic sexual experience with him. (Blau's characterization of Idol is charming. He should sent her a nice gift basket as a thank you.) There is a wacky premise, a chase across California, guns, drugs, sex, surfer dudes who want the coke, dysfunctional parenting, Allie's Chinese grandmother's wise sayings sprinkled in, and a very nice Hispanic family whom Allie contemplates moving in with permanently. If any of this sounds like something you find funny, then you will enjoy The Wonder Bread Summer.  It did remind me of Carl Hiaasen, with its cast of comic characters, some involved in criminal matters. I laughed my way through this novel, and it's a great, quick beach read. I finished it in two days poolside. It's not a book for everyone, but if you are not easily offended, you'll laugh too. When you finish it, you'll want to listen to Billy Idol while craving some of Consuela's yummy pan de yema and hot chocolate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read withlots of twists and quirks
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is basically hard corn porn. It is full of disgusting characters with absolutely no redeeming value. What a complete waste of money. BARF.
Btvbookie More than 1 year ago
I'm still kind of chewing on this book, trying to begin to digest where the author wanted us to go. It was a crazy ride, with cocaine wielding dress shop owners, friends who are less than reliable, absentee mothers, fathers who are fearful of phones, famous pornography producers in wheelchairs, and his hired men. It was a lot to take in, but I did let myself be taken in by this book and tried to enjoy the ride the author was taking me on.
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fun book,,probably for the 20-30 something women
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lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
I do not really know what to think of my reading. The synopsis let me believe that I will read a story about a crazy, fun road trip with some suspense and a dangerous chase. In my head, I imagined finding a mix between "The Hangover" and the strange "Las Vegas parano." Well in reality, it's not so funny... A student who makes a bad decision, under the influence. She steals a bag of cocaine, then flees. In her footsteps, a hitman hired to retrieve the drugs for his boss. The reader also encounters more than surprising characters along her trip. Allie does not seem aware of the crap in which she is... So, with the cocaine, she goes in search of her family whose situation is complex. Her mother has some Asian blood in herself and has left the marital home to play the tambourine in a group. Her father is black and is reopening of a restaurant in a little shady conditions. A strange story, full of stoned people, who did not moved or amused me. Anyway, I did not join but I have noted that the style is pleasant to read, I just have not been embedded in history. Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
eliasmanoffat More than 1 year ago
California summer in the 1980’s was all I needed to hear but then there was more to entice me: A Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine, guns, surfing, and Chinese granny. Wai Po’s sayings takes this book into the sublime. Great fun to be had in its pages. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book almost in one sitting (had to sleep, then woke up the next day). THRILLING, funny and full of oddball characters that feel SO TRUE TO LIFE! The is the best book I've read in a long, long time!