June 5, 2012
Young Adult | Contemporary
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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.
IN A SENTENCE:
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger is my new favorite book of hers; it includes it all: an intoxicating forbidden romance, an angry heroine, and her path to change how she is. I absolutely loved this one and would recommend it to everybody.
I said on Goodreads that A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger might be my new favorite book of hers, and it’s so true. I loved The DUFF, but it seemed like she hit the sophomore slump with Shut Out. But you guys, I loved A Midsummer’s Nightmare. It’s so freaking GOOD.
Whitley is a character I just fell for; everything about her could make you hate her (trust me, I wanted to) but I ended up feeling so sympathetic for her. Her life sucks. And if I had a stepbrother that I tapped and then had to spend the entire summer with? I would have turned around right then and there and gone home to my mother.
YOU GUYS. Stepbrother Nathan was totally hot and totally forbidden ARGHH. I so wanted them to admit they had feelings and to KISS. Despite awkwardness aside. I mean, they aren’t stepsiblings yet! It’s totally okay, right? :P YES YES IT IS, SO KISS (AGAIN) ALREADY! And *cough* do the deed! *cough*
What I honestly truly loved about this one was that Bianca and Wesley show up; oh yes, they do. Remember The Duff characters? That scene made my heart melt and feel all the feelings. I LOVED it.
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger is an emotional book, but I ate it up in a day. It was such a refreshing read and I would definitely recommend it to everybody. I’m such a fan of Kody and her books, and now I’m really excited for her fourth novel (Goldfish) which sounds like a book written for me.
If you haven’t picked up A Midsummer’s Nightmare (or her other two novels!) I highly recommend going to the bookstore right now.
"Hypocrite," I spat. "I didn't hear you complaining last time we were at a party. You got wasted, too. It's not like I took advantage of you. You made the choice to sleep with me."
"I know," he said through clenched teeth. "And you were the biggest mistake I have ever made."
"I drew back, my hand flying to my chest, my fingers curling into my palm. His words hit me like a punch in the gut. I opened my mouth to say something. To yell at him. To deliever a good comeback that would sting him in the same way. But nothing came to me. My throat was closing in on itself.
Biggest mistake. I was his biggest mistake.
He wasn't mine.
He didn't even make the top ten. Maybe not my top one hundred. Because, despite all the shit going on, that night with him had actually been nice. Great, even.- p. 107, hardcover
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