Review * A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

September 27, 2012 Reviews 16 ★★★

Review * A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on June 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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 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.

What I Thought…

  • It was impossible to put this book down. It’s a very fast read and I just had to know what was going to happen next.
  • Despite Whitley’s self destructive nature I found her to be fairly likeable, and I liked watching her grow and change to a responsible person.
  • Nate turned out to be a bit of a surprise, in a good way. I wasn’t expecting a nerdy guy at all so it was good to see that he was one.
  • My favorite relationship in the book was between Whitley and her soon to be step mom Sylvia. Sylvia was the one that really cared. She was my favorite character in the book.
  • Whitley’s mom is similar to Bianca’s mom in The DUFF, which means she is definitely not mother of the year material. Whitley’s mom is also one of the most selfish parent’s ever.
  • I don’t care what anyone says – no normal, reasonable father would think/act like Whitley’s father. Seriously, there is just no way! His lack of attention to the situation was absolutely baffling. (Worth noting: I also had an issue with Bianca’s relationship with her father in The DUFF.)
  • I did not love the ending, in fact it’s a big reason why it’s getting a 3 instead of a 4 or 5. The book is moving along just like I like it and then bam! Everything is resolved (all wrapped up in a bow too) in like .5 seconds. I would say there are 3 major “conflicts” and 1 minor “conflict” in A Midsummer’s Nightmare and all are solved by the end. Given the tone of the book all this perfectness comes out of nowhere and I think it would have been better if the minor conflict and only one of the major ones would have been fixed.

Notable Quotes

“I want more. I want everything. I want you.”
“I’m not settling for less, Whitley,” he said. “And neither should you.”


16 Responses to “Review * A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger”

  1. fakesteph

    I had really similar issues with The Duff (parents and everything getting wrapped up), but I still want to read this one. :)

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    Somehow I forgot all about this book! I really want to read it though, because it seems more like The Duff. However, the title is really misleading, because it makes me expect a Shakespeare re-working. Still, it sounds like it’s at least worth a read!

    Keplinger must have some really sucky parents.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      It might be a Shakespeare re-working, I don’t actually know. I never read/saw A Midsummer’s Night Dream so I haven’t the faintest if there are similarities.

      It’s definitely worth a read, just like The DUFF was :)

  3. Jenny

    I really love Keplinger’s books but I wish she wouldn’t end them so neatly. I wonder what’s with the dad thing???? Hmmm.

  4. Bittner

    Very interesting review Kim! I really liked The Duff, but like you I did have problems with Bianca’s relationships with her parents. But I really did not like Shut Out. So I’m weary to get this and after reading your review, I think I would end up liking it even less then you did. I better stay away…at least for now.