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The Wonder Bread Summer

Jessica Anya Blau

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Description

It's 1983 in Berkeley, California. Twenty-year-old Allie Dodgson is a straitlaced college student working part-time at a dress shop to make ends meet. But when the shop turns out to be a front for a dangerous drug-dealing business, Allie finds herself on the lam, speeding toward Los Angeles in her best friend's Prelude with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine riding shotgun and a hit man named Vice Versa on her tail. You can't find a more thrilling summer read!

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 08, 2013 – Allie’s obedient nature served her well through a turbulent childhood, but also led to trouble: her unsavory ex-boyfriend made off with her Berkeley scholarship money and she’s about to be dropped from enrollment and evicted from her apartment. Her sleazy boss, Jonas, hasn’t paid her in two months for her work at his dress shop, and when she discovers he’s dealing cocaine out of the back of the shop, she gets an idea. No sooner does the book begin than Allie is on the run with a Wonder Bread bag full of stolen coke and a very angry Jonas on her heels. Trying to stay one step ahead of him and his heavy, Vice Versa, Allie goes to Los Angeles and gets help from an unlikely assortment of people new and old—including a quadriplegic pornographer; ’80s rocker Billy Idol; and Allie’s erstwhile father. In trying to untangle the mess she’s in, Allie might finally learn how to stand up for herself. Blau’s (Drinking Closer to Home) madcap chase through 1980s L.A. is over-the-top, and Allie’s trajectory is predictable, but the journey is too much fun to dwell on contrived plot points. A liberal dose of dark humor and an oddly heart-warming ending add to the twisted ride.

Customer Reviews

Disappointing

I've was so excited for this book to come out because I loved Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties. This book was one of the most stupidest stories I ever read. I kept on reading in hopes it would get better, it never did.
Wish I could get my money back.

An Exhilarating Read.

This is the best of Blau's novels -- and that's saying a lot. Fast paced, funny, and very sensory, it tells the story of a young woman on a wild adventure. It's the kind of action story that is usually reserved for male characters, but Blau proves that she can pull it off with a female lead expertly. The resolution is enormously satisfying, and it's impossible not to care about the characters.

Wonder bored summer

Don't buy this book. It really is not well written. In fact, it's a bore.

The Wonder Bread Summer
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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