I received this book for free (hey, thanks!) in exchange for an honest review. I promise that this does NOT affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For real.Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Published by Penguin on March 22nd 2016
Format: ARC (352 pages) • Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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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 is lying.
I’m the kind of person who usually writes reviews immediately after finishing the book. I just really don’t even know what to say about this one and decided not to write the review right away, just in case it would come to me or something. This was a mistake because I’m struggling to even remember anything besides: this book was really fucking weird.
While my rating report below leans strongly towards 2.5, I just can’t bring myself to do it. It’s been a couple of days since I finished the book and (a) I barely remember what happened and (b) I don’t like anything that I do remember.
Within the first handful of pages, I could see the comparison to We Were Liars. As we all know by now, that book didn’t work for me in any way. I should have DNFed this one once I saw the comparison but something compelled me to keep going. For a while, I was glad I did! Things got really creepy and interesting for a handful of pages. But, then the end disappointed me.
As I said in my Goodreads review (at the bottom here), the entire first half or so of the book felt incredibly pointless. We learn a bit about the characters and their weird relationships, but that’s about it. There were short, easy “chapters” to highlight each character, so that helped with being able to read it quickly, but that was the only thing that kept me going for a while.
Things picked up in the middle, as I mentioned. The characters started doing some WEIRD things and I was intrigued. (No spoilers!) But just as quickly as I became interested, I became disinterested. I was just kind of over it. I also felt like an idiot because sometimes I didn’t really even understand what I was reading. I’m okay with quirky, weird characters… but I want to at least be invested in them if I don’t understand what they’re doing.
It’s really hard to review this book without spoiling the intricacies of their relationships. If you’ve previously read this author or enjoyed the books its compared to… give it a try. I haven’t seen a lot of negative reviews for this one. Sometimes I’m better off staying in my comfort zone!
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