Wednesday, June 13

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: 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 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.f

My Thoughts: Kody Keplinger, how I always adore your novels!

We are introduced to Whitley who lives with her mother. She enjoys spending the summers with her father at his condo along the beach. She looks forward to it every year.  And this year is no different, it’s her last summer before college.

The novel opens up with Whitley attending a graduation party. Whose party? She’s not sure until she wakes up in bed next to a smoking hot guy. She doesn’t even recall his name, much less anything else. She can barely remember the night before. She does remember he’s a good kisser and pretty good at other things as well.

She storms out of the house, ready to go enjoy the summer with her father. Let all her worries be gone, sit in the sun and absorb the rays. That all changes when her dad picks her up and she meets his new family. She didn’t even know he was dating anyone, much less engaged! And he no longer lives in his condo!

Whitley is thrown into this new families life. Her father’s girlfriend, and her daughter Bailey and son Nathan. I knew right away I was going to like both Bailey and Nathan. Bailey was a fun little sister and Nathan was HOT! Boy, was he hot and sarcastic and funny. From his first words, I knew I was going to fall for him. That boy knows how to wow a girl without even trying!  The chemistry between him and Whitley, gosh...

Of course, it wouldn’t be right for Whitley to fall for her almost stepbrother, right???

Whitley was such a fun character. She could drink circles around anyone, and she always knew the right and wrong things to say. She just wanted her perfect little family back together, but knew deep down, she knew it wasn’t going to happen so when she began to be a part of another one, it was hard for her to handle.

And she meets a few friends along the way, and learns some new things.

I loved the family dynamic of this one, I loved the romance between almost step siblings, and I loved Nathan! He wasn’t a bad boy, but kind of a nerd. A hot and sexy nerd! I spent most of the novel smiling! That is how you know something is awesome! I sat out in my lawn chair, and soaked this book right up! Before I knew it, the sun was going down. I was so immersed in this novel!

A Midsummer’s Nightmare= Yummy!

Overall: I was a huge fan of The Duff and Shut Out, and this book makes another favorite on my pile! I swear I will read anything Keplinger writes! I am so excited for whatever else she has in store for us! I enjoyed A Midsummer's Nightmare and I was laughing out loud during parts! You can’t beat that!

Cover: I like it, but I just don’t see Whitley really looking like this girl. I do like her hat though.

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