Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

23203106Title: Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Date Started: June 10
Date Finished: June 13
Format: ebook from the digital library

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 like the summary of this book because it sums it up quite crisply and cleanly. If I tried writing my own summary, it wouldn’t be so clean, it would be downright confusing. Because in all honesty, Wink Poppy Midnight was confusing as all hell. The summary makes the book sound great. A hero. A villain. A secret. And you think everything is going to be clean cut when you start the book. Midnight is going to be the hero. Poppy is going to be the villain. And Wink is just the person who helps the hero. But then things get weird and they get weird fast. Midnight is in love with Poppy but she doesn’t love him. He moves two miles away to try and get over her, but she won’t leave him alone and keeps coming into his room and bed despite the fact that she is in love with someone else. Wink seems to be the perfect girl for Midnight to get over Poppy with. She’s weird and doesn’t let Poppy’s bullying get to her. But there is such a thing as having your head to far up in the clouds. The secret that unravels through this story – 200 some odd pages – is quick and confusing. And the characters that you thought you knew aren’t really who you thought they were.

Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. This book reminded me a lot of the Weetzie Bat series that I read when I was younger. The characters are out there and aren’t fully fleshed out. The storyline is hobbled with craziness and I’m not exactly sure what the point of this book was? That every story has a hero and villain and that sometimes they’re not who you think they are? Or that reading too much is bad for you? If someone knows, please let me know.

Bookshelf worthy? I strongly suggest you pass on this book.


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2 Responses to Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

  1. Ouch, this book is getting lots of negative reviews. Its Goodreads rating is down to 3.43. The main complaint is that, like you mentioned, the characters are kind of flat.


  2. thriceread says:

    Oh no. I bought this book when they hype was at it’s highest point and have been seeing negative review after negative review about it. What a disappointment. At least it’s pretty right?



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