The conflict in the story 'Wonderland' by Joanna Nadin is both internal and external. The main character, Jude is living a troubled life when a childhood friend, Stella shows up, and problems arise. While Stella causes conflict for Jude, Jude also struggles with figuring out who she is without Stella's influence, which sparks internal conflict.
Jude is struggling to have a good year in high school without any close friends. Her mom died when she was young, and she lives with her father and little brother. Suddenly one day at school Stella shows up. Jude is excited about this since Stella was the one who helped her find joy again after her mom died. Life is looking up for Jude.
Although Stella is starting to cause some issues for Jude because of her risky behavior and tendency to suddenly disappear and come back as she pleases, life is still looking up for Jude as she has began partying at the beach often and has reconnected with Stella and Ed: another childhood friend that is growing to be a love interest for her.
Things take a turn for the worst as Jude assumes something romantic is happening between Stella and Ed. Jude finally realizes what is happening. The realization is made that Stella has never really been a real person, but rather a sort of second personality for Jude that is brave and outgoing and comes put when she needs it most. In a rage of anger and sadness Jude tries to get rid of Stella by driving her car off of a ledge with Stella still in it.
As the car goes over the edge into the water Jude is saved by Ed. He barley pulls her out in time as her car, along with Stella plunges into the water below.
In the end Jude is relieved because she now understands that Stella is gone for good, and she won't need her anymore. Jude is excited to start her life as just Jude, without the presence of Stella.