Sunday, 20 July 2014

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy Books; Reprint edition (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316084212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316084215
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together. 
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Cover:  I neither love nor hate this cover.  I do however, like the colour scheme of bright pink and lime green on the spine of the book.

I read The Duff by Kody Keplinger, such a long time ago but I LOVED it.  It was such a fun and funny contemporary read with realistic characters I adored.

It's taken me a while to get round to reading A Midsummer's Nightmare.
I thoroughly enjoyed it- but it didn't quite reach the pedestal that is The Duff.

Whitley- I really felt for her.  While sometimes she did come off as a whiney bitch, you could see why she acted the way she did.

The romance element- I wish there had been more of it, as that's just the way I am.  I felt that we didn't really see much of her and Nathan together.

I did enjoy seeing her stepfamily gradually win her over.  Particularly her friendship with her sister-to-be Bailey.  It was super sweet.

The resolution with her father at the end - I feel was a bit anti-climatic and rushed.

Overall, this was a great, quick read.

I love Kody Keplinger's writing, humour and characters.
Definitely recommend.
3.5/5 stars.

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