Title: Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Published: March 2016 by Dial Books
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Fantasy
How I got the book: I bought it
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.
The cover was what first caught my attention. When I read the inside of the jacket I was intrigued. I love a good mystery where you have to figure out the liar of the group.
What is the plot, exactly? Now that I’ve read the book and I look back at the summary, I realize there isn’t much of a plot to the story. We follow three characters, Poppy, Wink, and Midnight, as they tell their side of the story in their own first-person point of view.
Not much happens the first half of the book. Then Wink and Midnight decide to prank Poppy (because she was going to prank Wink) and it doesn’t go as well as planned.
Then what happens?
Honestly, I feel like I can’t say too much on it. I don’t understand what happened and the things I do understand, I’d spoil the book.
Poppy is the mean girl. Wink is the shy girl. Midnight is a sweet boy who crushes on Poppy. However, when he gets tired of her pushing him around, he begins to crush on Wink, forming a love triangle between the three.
I didn’t care too much about any of the characters. Poppy was a jerk, Wink was very bizarre, thus confusing me, and Midnight was kind of a pushover who didn’t know what he wanted.
I can’t say I have a favorite character and I didn’t care what happened to any of them. And, if you know me, then you know that the characters are everything in a book for me.
The writing was lovely, I’ll give the book that. There were some parts where the book felt poetic of some sorts, which I enjoy.
But… each character spoke that way. The chapters flipped-flopped between the three main characters in their own first person point of views. They didn’t have distinct voices from one another. The chapters were short (some being only half a page long), yet I sometimes I had to flip over to the previous page because I couldn’t remember which character I was currently reading from.
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I was excited to read it, excited to get to the heart of the “mystery,” but… it wasn’t that at all. I guessed who the “liar” was pretty easy. The thing is, I was only half-right. Confused? So am I.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke gets…
2 out of 5 stars
“Revenge. Justice. Love. They are the three stories that all other stories are made up of.” –April Genevieve Tucholke, Wink, Poppy, Midnight
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