Monday, March 14, 2016

Wink Poppy Midnight - That was it?

TITLE: Wink Poppy Midnight
AUTHOR: April Genevienve Tucholke
PUBLISHING DATE: March 22, 2016

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Wink Poppy Midnight is one of those books where it is hard to provide a review which doesn't give anything away. The book centers of the story of three teenagers. Wink is the wild redhead who lives on the farm, doesn't let anyone get to her, and enjoys fairy tales and make-believe. Poppy is the popular girl at school who bullies everyone around. And Midnight is the boy, who has a hard time standing up for himself, and who is torn between Poppy and Wink. Together, these three characters combine and as one might expect, nothing will ever be the same.

I didn't really enjoy this book even though I wanted to. I think it will fall into the category of over-hyped books that I maybe should have left alone. When I finished with it, I just kept thinking to myself "Is that it?" I mean, everyone has heard the comparisons to other popular YA books and a huge twist has been hinted at ever since the book was first mentioned, but I couldn't help but want more than what I received. Also, I never really attached to any of the three characters and was not really divested in what happened to any of them.

However, I still feel this book warrants three paws for several reasons. Tucholke's writing is a pleasure to read. Her style is so lyrical and having read "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and really enjoying it, it's nice to see her carry on with the same magical qualities. Also, this book is an extremely fast read and even though it's not my favorite read, I found myself wanting to see how it ends. And lastly, the book is divided up in chapters which alternate points of view between all three characters. This method really clicked with the story line and it was nice to get an insight into each character's head.

I am sure many people will love this book and as I have mentioned, the writing is beautiful. However, it just isn't the book for me.

I received this book from the Penguin First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.




  1. Ohh great review I am kind of scare too read a book by Genevienve Tucholke. I heard her books are kind of weird and confusing some times but I also heard her writing style is very beautiful and lyrical as well. But I don't know if I want to read one of her books or not because I am afraid I will not enjoy them as much. But I will one day check out one of her books out from the library and see if I like her books or not. Thank you for your awesome post.

    1. I would recommend you start with The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I really enjoyed that one, but haven't read the sequel yet. I don't think this is the one to start out with.

  2. Overhyped books can end up being victims of their success with me as well, Barb. I'm glad there were things you enjoyed with this, even if you were left wanting more in the end.
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