Friday, July 13, 2012
Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Published by: Poppy
Description (from Goodreads):
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.
I am not the biggest fan of contemporary young adult books, but Kody's books are always a pleasure to read. Kody writes very realistic books, with characters and situations that are easy to relate to.
Whitley was not my favorite character at first, but she is a teenager, moody and selfish. At some point in the story I started to sympathize with Whitley and felt bad about things that were going on in her life and wanted everything to work out for her.
Nathan is a sweetheart. He is kind and easy going and not selfish. I also really liked that he enjoys spending time with his little sister, and was protective of her. I could tell that he really cared about Whitley and he really just wanted her to be happy.
Harrison was awesome. He is a great friend to Whitley and puts up with her. He was just hilarious.
A Midsummer's Nightmare is a great, realistic, contemporary romance!