Review: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
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 don’t think Kody Keplinger can write a single book that I won’t adore. She is one of the best authors at getting my emotions going and making me feel like I am in her heroine’s situation. Heck, I can’t even honestly relate to what Whitley was going through in A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE and yet I felt like I was Whitley, that I could feel every ounce of pain and heartache she experienced. I wish this book could have gone on forever, I was that engaged. Sadly, though, that would have meant no happy ending for Whitley and I knew she deserved it.
Two words that describe Whitley: hot mess. She can’t get through a day without drinking or hooking up with a guy to escape the pain that she feels every second in her life. She parties just so she can feel something, no matter how bad she knows she’ll feel after the fact. While I can’t imagine ever being in Whitley’s situation, my heart went out to her. Even when she would do something stupid that had me wanting to shake her silly, I never stopped hoping for the best for her. Nobody deserves to be as miserable as her.
All I can say is thank goodness for the side characters, who quickly became stars of the novel in their own way. My absolute favorite character would have to be Bailey. Yes, there’s actually a character in here with my name and I absolutely ADORED her. Her bubbly personality lit up the page and she even had a positive effect on Whitley. I need more of Bailey! I am hoping that Keplinger will decide that this little ball of spunk needs her own story!
I could just go on and on about everything in A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE but then that would spoil it for those who haven’t read it, and I definitely don’t want that. If you are a fan of Keplinger, don’t worry, there are plenty of hot guys in this one, even if I didn’t mention them. You may even catch a glimpse of Wesley….And for those who haven’t yet tried this author’s novels, you are sure missing out!