Book Review: A Midsummer’s Nightmare

Published September 11, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: 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.

The First Line: “Hangovers are a bitch.” Truer words have never been spoken. J I like that Whitley’s voice is so strong from this first line.

The Good: One of the best things about Kody Keplinger is her brutal honesty.Her characters are realistic and act/react like teenagers. She tells it like it is and holds nothing back. More books should be like this.

Whitley comes across as a likable … well, a likable bitch. We all knew this girl in high school. She puts people off with her actions, but everyone knows she’s really lonely. As much as I wanted to smack her from the beginning, I couldn’t help but like her.

Nathan is fabulous. He’s smart, funny, and an all around nice guy. It’s hard not to like him. It’s also hard to watch Whitley push him away.

The Bad: It was pretty easy to see where this was going, but not enough to put it down.

Recommendation: If you are looking for smart, funny, well written YA, pick this up.

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