The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes

The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes


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Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
B_Prutch More than 1 year ago
I originally read a short writeup about this book in a magazine about a month ago and immediately went out to buy it. From the moment that I started reading, I could not put this book down. I did not regret my purchase in the least and have found that since I have finished the book, I cannot get Dawn's heartbreaking story of resilience and survival out of my head. I was drawn in from the beginning as the story of Dawn's life unfolded in my hands. It is so well written that at times I felt as if I were living in her nightmare. Time after time I would ask my self, "What else can this girl endure?" I agree with other reviewers that this book was quite depressing at times (and that I, too, was worried about Thor); however, it is DEFINITELY worth the read. Dawn is a true inspiration to women and teens alike. I thought that I might be interested in seeing the movie, Wonderland, which was the catalyst for this book, but I have been told that it is not a true depiction of Dawn's story so I have decided not to see it. Dawn was able to turn the horrific experiences of drug addiction, abuse and prostitution into the positive creation of an organization called E.S.T.E.A.M. She is an amazing person and I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who doubts resiliency and the human spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young women need to read this book. This is a must read for anyone who likes TRUE LIFE stories. This is an gripping non sugar coated biography. I loved the complete honesty that Dawn shares in her book. I am an avid reader and I can tell you I have read this book three times since I bought it. I take away something different each time I read it. DAWN YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!! I did not know anything about John Holmes or the Wonderland murders when I purchased this book and I am really glad I didn't because I got to see the true story through Dawn's memories..I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sad story! I'm glad she came through everything basically all right, but what an emotional nightmare. The story was well written, and despite knowing where it was going to end, I was still blindsided a few times.
Deperwin More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story of survival and bravery. I just finished it an hour ago and still am emotional. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
CindyLouOR More than 1 year ago
The Road Through Wonderland is hands down, the most amazing book I have ever read, in my 53 years of life. I would suggest readers take their time reading, to really 'feel and connect' with Author Dawn Schiller. Feeling her emotions, high's and low's...happy and sad...lost and found, just to be lost all over again. It took complete raw courage to put in to words, this experience no woman should ever endure. As a young teen, when Dawn should have been hanging out with friends and making everlasting memories, while dreaming of things to come true~her life was anything but. By the pure grace of God, Dawn lived to share her remarkable story. By doing so, I truly and firmly believe, lives will be SAVED and abuse will be prevented in the lives of others. The Road Through Wonderland would be a great addition to every young woman's library. Do not let the idea of John Holmes being characterized in the book, prevent you or your daughters, sisters, neices, etc. from reading the greatest 'awareness' book for young women, ever. This book is not about John's about surviving the abuse he put Dawn through. A true testament of survival, clearly written with real, raw emotion and heart. My life is forever changed and I thank Dawn Schiller for this new empowerment, of working even more to help teens with prevention and awarenss. To reach out unconditionally, with open arms, to those who've endured abuse. Dawn Schiller is truly~an Angel on earth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been days since I finished this book and it is just burned in my brain. To overcome such continued strife for such a long period of time is remarkable. This story is well written and I highly reccomend it.
papooseRC More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down read straight thru.
desiree riddle More than 1 year ago
I seriously could not put this book down! It was well written and answered many questions that have never been answered of John Holmes. Definitely shows a different side of the star. It is unfortunate that his life turned out the way it did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an easy read but it was hard to put the book down. Intense and crazy real life stuff that pple forget happens. I even started a mini research project he was NOT handsome but we was packing a really big deal...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like true stories, this is a great read!
AdamGis More than 1 year ago
I have been obsessed with the Wonderland murders ever since seeing the movie. When I found out that a book had been written, by the girlfriend of the main player...I could not purchase this book fast enough, hoping to glean some new insight into the murders. This book hardly even touches on the murders themselves, but focuses more on the relationship between Dawn and John, from it's beginning (through devastating physical and mental abuse) to it's end. This book is fascinating, it's horrifying, it's sad, it's inspirational, and all around a great read. This one is HIGHLY recommended.
Vanessa Alcantara More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book. It is very well written and overall a captivating read. I watched the movie wonderland and it was really interesting for me to learn morw about Dawn. I highly recommend this book.
Destyni Hue More than 1 year ago
This book was intense. i couldnt put it down. its a must read
s-prophet More than 1 year ago
Excellently written, this book takes you through the most influential years of Dawn Schillers life. What should have been the most exciting and memorable years, turned out instead to be the most traumatic. As with so many teens, Dawn felt unwanted by her parents which gave John Holmes the opportunity to move in and use her however he felt was needed so he could continue to do drugs. So well written, you feel as if you are in her shoes through out the entire story. This is a book I believe everyone should read, especially teens and anybody who has ever been abused. I also think it should be read by people who haven't been abused because they really need to be aware of the haunting truth and tragic situations that trap a large percentage of both youths and adults. With this awareness, and proper intervention I believe we will see less abuse, human trafficking, drug addiction and other serious problems in our society. Dawn is certainly a miracle, she has started several programs to help throw-away teens, abused women and teens, human trafficking and many more. It is my wish to see more people take notice and care enough to reach out and help these teens before they have to endure the horrible situations Dawn found herself in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I didn't want to end.  I became so wrapped up in their lives...I now feel like I still need to know how her life is going, today. I would recommend this book, highly.  What Dawn went through, no one...especially and young girl...should ever have to go through.  I admire her and have so much respect for her.  Very courageous woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because of my morbid curiosity of the Wonderland Murders. I've watched movies/documentaries and have read what seems to be about everything on the internet concerning them and one Mr. John Holmes. It was very interesting to read a different side of the story especially from the point of view of a teenager. As I was reading it I was trying to imagine what I would have done if I were Dawn. She has definitely lived quite a life! I truly enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Dawn Schiller is an amazing writer and an even more amazing woman! The things she went through as a teen until her early 20's would break a lot of people. Dawn decided to change her life around and also start helping other teens that are in a similar situation as she was. After years of finding herself and soul searching she realized that she didn't want to be a victim. She is a survivor. I have the utmost respect for this woman. After I finished her book, I found a way to contact her just to tell her what an inspiration she is to me. I wasn't even expecting her to respond since I'm sure has many people contact her about these things. But to my surprise, she wrote me back and she was so sweet, caring, and compassionate. I absolutely recommend this book! The story will low your mind. What a life Dawn has had... Its also very interesting to read about John Holmes and the Wonderland Murders. It's all from Dawn's perspective of course, but it's interesting to learn what was going on around the time leading up to the murders and even after the murders. I couldn't put this book down. This story touched me in a way that not many have. Especially if you've ever been in an abusive relationship. You just really feel for her. I teared ups few times during the book. It's definitely a great book to read if you're interested in John Holmes/Wonderland. And if not, it's also a great read about a young woman that is addicted to drugs and in an abusive relationship. This is her story and how she survived. It's amazing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I read it in two nights. Dawn is an amazing, strong woman to have survived all she went through. She is a great writer and I just recommend this book to anyone that loves reading period!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a single page that I wasnt totally absrbed in. Amazing and disturbing true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, hard to put down. I felt like I was there. I'm glad she was able to get out and is now helping those who might be in the same place. Its a tragic story, but with a happy ending and inspirational message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Interesting read and it is Crazy the things Dawn has been through but I am glad that things are looking up for her as she got away from the monster John Holmes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read---you cannot put it down.  The story is amazing and makes you feel as if you are there.  Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading the autobiography of a Surviver is an emotional thing. To decide, as a surviver myself, I wasn't sure how I would react. This book takes the reader on an emotional tidalwave. The reader gets the first-hand account of victimization Dawn endured and the resolve of others to remove her from John Holmes' drug adled life. I had moments that where so vivid as I was reading that took me back to my abusive past. I have been told to and asked to write my story. Having read Dawn's story, I just can't deal with putting history to paper. This book's creation took great strength and emotional endurance. I'm thrilled to know that Dawn MADE IT! Victims need to know and see that they do not need to become a statistic following abuse. You can CHOOSE to have your own future. Dawn's story is another shining example!
Jasmine_K More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I literally could not put it down, even having to lay awkwardly at times as my nook charged while I read, I just couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book, you can feel dawn's pain. She has been through so much and made it to the other side, thank you for writing this book.