Monday, July 9, 2012

A Midsummer’s Nightmare review

Description: 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.

My thoughts: I’m not sure how, but despite not much happening or the main character’s constant complaining, I still liked this book. Any other time I would have had to force myself to finish this type of book, but it was an easy read. And despite all the questions I had about Whitley and her character development (or lack of, at times) it never deterred me from wanting to know what she would do next and how everyone would react.

As far as the characters go, I felt like I never got to know enough about them. It’s like seeing somebody from afar and thinking they look nice. From afar, the little I got to learn about them (Bailey, Nathan and Harrison) made me like them.

 I guess what could have turned me from liking this book to loving it was being able to know more about everything! I wanted more information about the past, the characters, and just everybody’s interactions with each other during this summer in general. But overall I still really liked the book and am excited to see what else Kody Keplinger has up her sleeve.

Side note: I was also a little (too) excited about characters from one of her past books popping up. I love seeing how characters are doing after I finish reading “their” book.

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