Published by Poppy on June 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
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.
“I want more. I want everything. I want you.”
“I’m not settling for less, Whitley,” he said. “And neither should you.”