Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke | Book Review

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Given SummaryThe intrigue of The Raven Boys and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime. 

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. 

For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Virgin Suicides, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

Cover: The cover of this book shows a bunch of different things that made me think it would be supernatural, but it isn't.  It also says "A hero.  A villain.  A Liar.  Who's who?"  I guess Midnight is the hero, Poppy is the villain, and Wink is the liar, but I think that can also be up to interpretation.

My Review: I'm not going to lie, I was definitely expecting this book to be able witches and wizards or something supernatural and it wasn't.  It was just about kids with odd names.  Which is fine, I thought it was cool that they had the names they did, but even the cover was a little misleading.  This has nothing to do with my actual opinion of the book, and I know I shouldn't judge a book by its title or cover, but I did and I was completely off the mark.
I liked this book because it was a form of a mystery.  I often found myself saying to myself, 'What is going on' and trying to figure it out.  I was able to guess some of the ending, but not the entire thing.  This book was weird, but in a good way.  I don't even really know how to describe it.  It was a story of revenge, but also a story of helping someone who maybe didn't deserve the help.  I have a feeling this book is one that you just have to read to understand, and I would recommend it because it was a good story.  The only thing is that I wasn't really a fan of the ending.  Midnight just leaves and it's unclear whether he and Wink were still dating or if they broke up or what.  And even though Wink and Poppy messed with Midnight and lied to him, I didn't want him and Wink to break up, so I was confused by the ending.  

Has anyone else read this story and want to add something?  Do you agree that you just have to read it to understand or did you find it more simple than I did?

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