Thursday, June 14, 2012
Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Source: ARC swap with other blogger
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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 stepbrother...at 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.
Keplinger is always my go-to author for fast, fresh, contemporary YA!
Like it's two predecessors, A Midsummer's Nightmare is full of teenage angst and sarcasm. Whit definitely has some Daddy issues to work through, but her sarcastic and frank narration truly make for an enjoyable read.
The Johnson household is definitely not your nuclear family home- there's dysfunction and taboos galore, but they make for an interesting read TRUST ME!
Sexy times are to be had in this read, while Nate and Whit aren't your average couple (being step-siblings and all) you'll still be rooting for them all the way to the end. This is definitely the case where opposites attract. Nate is a great guy, smart, fun, kind o and gorgeous! haha. He's exactly the kind of guy Whit needs to help get her life back on track.
The dialogue between Whit and her father was poignant and emotional, you truly see how a parents love and attention (or lack thereof) can impact their child's choices.
Thanks you Kody, for always tackling difficult but realistic issues, with heart and humour!
I must admit, while I enjoyed A Midsummer's Nightmare, The DUFF still remains my favourite Keplinger read (I would love to see a sequel to The DUFF someday!)
This is a great Summer read and I would recommend it to all Keplinger fans and if haven't read her work yet, what are you waiting for? She's AMAZING! :)
Posted by HayleyAG at 12:00 AM