Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green
English | 2019 | Young Adult, LGBT | ePUB | 2.1 Mb
Alex in Wonderland : A novel that will have you laughing out loud one minute, and swooning the next!
In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben … who, as Alex’s bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend.
Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems…
“I think about going. It would be pretty nice to go, right now. But going would look weird. It would look guilty. If I was innocent, I would just be all “La, la, la! Of course I’ll help with your enquiries!” and everything would be fine and we’d probably have a laugh and stuff.
DI Griffin runs his tongue over his lips. “Why don’t you just tell us everything? The whole thing.”
DI Griffin nods. “From start to finish, Alex. Don’t leave anything out. You might not think something important, but any tiny detail, some insignificant thing, it might just help us.”
“OK.” I guess that sounds fine. It’s not like I have to hide anything. I mean, there are some bits to this that I’d like to hide. Especially with Dad sitting next to me and two blokes that I don’t even know opposite. But the trouble with hiding stuff is that then other bits don’t make sense and you end up lying, like I’ve already lied. Frigging twice. Little connections and motivations are lost, and expert interviewers, like DI Griffin surely is, would spot that a mile off. Then he’d be all, “If you’re hiding that, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU HIDING MISTER MAN?! SPREAD YOUR GODDAMN LEGS AND BEND OVER RIGHT NOW,” as he snaps those gloves on and— I swallow again. “Everything, then?” My voice sounds squeaky.
DI Griffin nods, smiles at me and flips open a notepad. “Everything, Alex.”