Fri, June 1, 2012

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger Review

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger book cover

A Midsummer’s Nightmare
By Kody Keplinger
Publication date: June 5, 2012
Poppy, 304 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorced 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.

— Goodreads.com description

The third time must be a charm, because A Midsummer’s Nightmare is the third Kody Keplinger book I’ve read, and it’s also the first one I’ve LOVED.

I think my problem in the past is that her main characters definitely have a “type.” They’re wilder, more sexually active and angrier than I ever was as a teen, and I just have a hard time relating to them.

But not with Whitley Johnson.

I think Keplinger’s writing has progressed so much because, though Whitley is similar in many ways to the main characters in The DUFF and Shut Out, I cared about her so much more. Keplinger wrote Whitley to be tough and reckless, sure, but the layers in her personality were so much more evident. She’s just so hurt and lonesome and sad that you can’t help but feel for her.

Plus, I gotta admit: I love that Whitley’s latest one-night-stand turns out to be her future stepbrother. It’s sort of gross, but also SORT OF AMAZING. You can’t not be dying to find out how that turns out. And her future stepsister? One of my favorite characters I’ve read in a while.

There are some surprises in there that longtime Keplinger fans will love. And for those on the fence about her writing? Give this one a try. I’m pretty glad I did!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. sarah@catchingbooks said:

    I have heard awesome things about this book and I SO want to read it!! It sounds like the perfect beach read 🙂
    Great review Anna!!

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  2. kit said:

    I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Kody Keplinger – I’ve struggled to find her books in the library, but I’ll definitely have to try and track this one down, it sounds like a great summer read – and the one-night-stand becoming the stepbrother is a nice (?!) twist!

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  3. Miss Remmers said:

    This book looks great! I haven’t read Shut Out yet but I really enjoyed The Duff!

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  4. ShootingStarsMag said:

    I’ve only read The Duff, but I do want to read Kody’s other books. I’m glad you loved this one. I know what you mean about her characters though, at least in terms of the Duff…I can’t really relate to them either, but I do find myself caring for them, and I suppose that’s the main thing.

    I am curious about her one night stand being her future stepbrother though. Too crazy, but very very interesting!!

    -lauren

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  5. We Heart YA said:

    Wow, we hate the cover, but your review is making us interested in this all over again! (Esp. since we loved THE DUFF.)

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  6. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    Anna, I felt like this book left me a little perplexed. I like Keplinger’s writing in that it’s addictive and I definitely want to know what happens (with the boy), but with the family stuff… I think I wanted a bit more. I do think her writing is getting better, and I look forward to seeing her continue to push the limites. 🙂

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  7. Lori said:

    I really enjoyed this one. I agree that her characters can be very hard to relate to but Whitley was fantastic!

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  8. Hannah @ So Obsessed With said:

    I was interested in this book but hesitant because I didn’t think I would be able to really relate to the main character based on the description. However, your review makes me think I might actually enjoy this one! I can’t wait to check it out.

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  9. LovelyYABooks said:

    I need to read this book I can’t wait too read!

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