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A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on June 5th 2012
Pages: 291
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four-stars

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.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare was fast, fiery, and fabulous! My first Kody Keplinger book, but mostly certainly not my last. I applaud Keplinger for creating such a rich and believable storyline and pairing it with deep and intensely emotional characters.

Whitley is pretty much the perfect example of strong book heroines. In the beginning although part of me felt sorry for her, a larger part really disliked her. She made a lot of foolish mistakes like staying out late, drinking a lot and hanging out with practical strangers. Whitley had one of those glass half-empty point of views, always overlooking the good things and people in her life. Luckily as the book progressed she started to open her eyes. However, unfortunately, it does take one or two really bad and emotional situations to get her to wake up and basically smell the love. I found her journey towards self-realization to be practical and very-well paced. She didn’t immediately realize the error of her ways, it took a lot of bad decisions and consequences to get through to her.

Nathan a.k.a. Whitley’s one-night stand a.k.a. Whitley’s father’s soon-to-be stepson is basically a sweet heart. He’s caring and uber-protective of both his little sister *swoon* and Whitley. What I found so remarkable was the fact he never gave up on Whitley. Every step of the way Whitley fought Nathan’s kindness, but that didn’t stop him. I think Nathan’s just generally a good person that recognizes Whitley’s pain and doesn’t plan on giving up like others seem to have.

At the time that I read this book it was still summer and therefore I was declaring it the perfect day at the beach or day by the pool read, however now that it’s Fall and pretty frigid outside that perfect reading location doesn’t really work. I’m now declaring A Midsummer’s Nightmare the perfect all-around book to relax and escape with. It’s perfect for snuggling up in a comfy chair with a fuzzy blanket and cup of cocoa and maybe a snack or two because like I said, this is one book you will not be able to put down!

four-stars