Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

23203106Title: Wink Poppy Midnight

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Publisher: Dial Books

Release Date: March 22, 2016

Pages: 247

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

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.

Things I Loved: 

  • Flawed characters are the best characters, and Tucholke’s characters have some deep flaws. This made for great reading and a wonderful,interesting story.
  • It was strange. Some books can’t pull of strange, but this one does for sure. It is curious, magical, and mysterious until the very last page.
  • When I found out “What really happened?” I was genuinely shocked. It made sense, though, so I appreciated that the “twist” at the end of this book was not unreasonable.
  • Poppy was reminiscent of Liz Emerson from Falling into Place by Amy Zhang (one of my favorite books). Tucholke handled, shaped, and finally let loose an extraordinary character here.

Things I Disliked:

  • Midnight was so freaking annoying. Though he finally does get a grip on his life, I felt like it was long, long overdue.
  • The insta-love between Midnight and Wink. Calm down, you two. Please.
  • Though I did love the stranger aspects of this novel, sometimes it was just too strange. It was hard to piece together what the mystical elements had to do with the rest of the story at times.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Cups of Tea

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