Title: A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date/Publisher: June 5th 2012 by Poppy
Finished: June 9th 2013
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 stepbrother…at 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.
What I thought:
If you didn’t read the description, Whitley sleeps with a hot guy from graduation night, and he turns out to be the son of her future mother-in-law. So you know there’s going to be awkward moments and possible listing after each other! What you might not expect is that this book is really good and full of emotion and change.
Whitley is the kind of girl that acts out (parties and drinking in this case) to get attention, even if she just thinks it’s because being drunk is fun. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her character since I thought she would be really selfish. She had her moments at the beginning but honestly she wasn’t that bad and I grew to like her as I read on. Yes she liked to get drunk and was upset because her dad was getting married again and ignoring her all summer, but divorce can mess with kids and this was no exception. I liked how everything turned out in the end and how she changed a bit from the party girl to a family girl.
The romance was really cute too, even though they were soon to be partially related. The step-mom in this also seemed really nice, and I’m glad the author didn’t make her into a monster like most stories do. I also can’t forget Harrison, her gay best friend that she meets. Not only is he a great character and always there for her, but it’s hilarious when he hits on Nathan!
I think this is a great summer read, and it will definitely make you go through several emotions from happy to sad (ok I may have shed a tear near the end). Definitely pick it up!