Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 247
Released: 22 March 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
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My Rating: 3 of 5 stars


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.


I won’t lie to you this was such a strong case of judging a book by its cover because I was expecting so much more than I got from this book. 

Although, I did quite enjoy the writing, it was almost whimsical with some vague dark undertones to it. I really liked the short quick chapters and the little plot twist at the end.

I enjoyed how the stories of these three characters weaved together in such surprising ways. This is a story that sort of allows you to use your imagination and built up on what’s already been put on paper.

Even though I enjoyed all these from the book I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. I couldn’t seem to connect with this story and these characters (probably because they were all batshit crazy). 

I think the last half of the book saved this for me because I was really close to DNF-ing it (not ashamed to admit that). The last half got really confusing (in a good way if that makes sense) and creepy and the mystery of it all made me keep reading. If you took out the weird sexual scenes of Wink Poppy Midnight, this kinda reminds me a little bit of John Greens work (Paper Towns to be specific).

Overall I really appreciated the whole concept of the story but it just fell flat somewhere along the way for me which was really disappointing.

Yeah so that’s my review, happy reading everyone!


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