Title: Alice by Heart
Author: Steven Sater
Genre: Historical Fiction (Young Adult)
About the book: It’s based on a musical that follows Alice Spencer in London during 1940. She has to take shelter in a tube station because of World War II. Alice reads her favourite book, Alice in Wonderland, to Alfred, who is sick with tuberculosis. But slowly the two worlds begin to blur.
I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: Even though I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland before, I found the premise intriguing. It took me a while to get into the story though.
Characters: I like the relationship between Alice and Alfred; it was very sweet and wholesome. There are a number of other characters as well, and I found them to be quite unique.
“Although it breaks my heart, I’ll help you let me go.”
Writing: The author is descriptive, as he includes a lot of imagery. I enjoyed the photos as well as the illustrations interspersed throughout the book. They added to the reading experience, making it easier to visualize some of the scenes described.
Final thoughts: The ending isn’t too unpredictable, but I liked the end nonetheless.