Saturday, March 28, 2015

Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane - Guest Post


Sixteen-year-old Alice just can’t find a way to be free. Her parents are environmental activists, whose cringe-worthy public protests might involve chaining themselves to a fence and pleading  with passersby to “Save the World. Save Alice!” It’s not that Alice doesn’t believe there’s work to be done. But after a petition to start a farmer's market meets with more snickers than signatures, she figures she should shut up instead of speaking out. At least, that is, until she can find something that feels real. Then along comes Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens. Charismatic Whitney leads Alice on a rabbit trail into the underground--aka secret society--of Wonderland High. Curiouser and curiouser.  

Alice is in wonderland! Even though Whitney's group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, with them, Alice is finally free to be herself. She stomps on her good girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress the new group: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz, a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will turn Alice's world backwards. But then, one of the young vigilantes tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, and she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury screaming, "Off with her head!"

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Rachel Shane studied Creative Writing at Syracuse University and now works in digital publishing at in New York City. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and a basement full of books. This is her first novel.


An author must describe characters in a way that makes an image pop in the reader’s mind. I always love reading author dreamcast posts to see if the way I pictured the characters is the way I’m supposed to be picturing them. Since I started writing ALICE in 2008, a lot of the original actors I pictured while writing are no longer teens, so I scoured the web to find the perfect casting choices for the teen roles.
Alice Liddell
My version of Alice is bright eyed and innocent with a suppressed rebellion streak she lets loose over the course of the novel. I think Chloe Grace Moretz, the reigning princess of YA adaptations (the role of queen belongs to Shailene Woodley), is the perfect mix of angelic but-not-innocent to capture Alice.
Chester Katz
At first I was leaning toward any of Shailene Woodley’s on screen love interests (except maybe Theo James) for the role of Chess with Ansel Elgort as the frontrunner. But the more I thought about it, I kept going back to Chess’s sense of humor. I think Charlie McDermott from The Middle is the perfect person to play the funny and the serious at the same time. 
Whitney Lapin
My version of the White Rabbit needs to be played by a girl who can spit out riddles, deliver an icy glare, be fiercely loyal, and carry an air of mystery through every stomp of her combat boots. I think Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars embodies all those traits.
Kingston Hatter
The Mad Hatter (and King of Hearts combo) was the hardest to cast for me. He needs to be tough but vulnerable, an enemy but an ally, lucid yet crazy all at the same time. I came across this actor, Nico Mirallegro, and thought he had the perfect look. I can’t attest to his acting but just add a shaved head and he’d make an amazing Kingston (as long as he can act). 
Quinn Hart
Quinn needs to be both popular and likable...and a huge bitch. Who better to play that than Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf, AKA Holland Rodin? And let’s not forget she has the perfect red locks. 
Di Tenniel and Dru Tweedle
The fun of Di and Dru is that they aren’t twins but they act the same, copy each other’s hairstyles, and spend so much time together that they start to blend until they almost look the same. So I tried to pick two actresses that don’t really look alike except when they’re standing next to each other with similar hairstyles. Lucy Hale and Sarah Hyland. 
Who did you picture as you read?


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