Review: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher/NetGalley
IBSN: 9780316084222

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorced 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.

I’m not sure how to start this review off. The only thing I can think of is just yelling about how fantastic it was. So…OMG! It was fantastic! Seriously, I loved every second of it. I really loved The DUFF and I haven’t had time to read Shut Out yet but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. So, I was very excited to read A Midsummer’s Nightmare.

At first I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to like Whitley. She’s a mess. She’s completely reckless with her actions and with other people. Whitley is the kind of girl that I stayed away from in school. In spite of all that I liked her a lot. She was fierce and kind of a force to be reckoned with. I loved that she was bitchy and that she had issues. She was very believable. Her growth throughout the book was really incredible. I also adored Nathan. He was deliciously nerdy and sweet.

There a lot of focus on family in A Midsummer’s Nightmare. Whitley’s family issues go back years, but it finally reaches a boiling point when her Dad gets engaged and doesn’t tell her. Plus, he keeps choosing his new family over her. The problems were almost so bad that I didn’t know how Kody Keplinger was going to get her out of them. That’s really my only complaint with the book, things were resolved very neatly. I might just be more unforgiving, though.

Overall, this was a really fun read. Whitley and her family are fascinating. If you’re looking for a quick read that also has depth I highly recommend this one.



  1. Thanks for the review Lori!  I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, it sounds like something I would enjoy so I’m glad you really liked it :)
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  2. This is exactly what I hope for in a book from the awesome Kody Keplinger! Quick and Fun! I’m glad it delivered just this! I always love the characters in her books and I kinda like to hear that she’s  bitchy and reckless! Can’t wait to meet her!! 
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  3. I LOVED this book!! Kody is 100% one of my favorite authors! The DUFF changed some of my views so much, and her characters are just always so fabulous! It’s amazing! I love her fun writing style, with hard hitting characters that somehow everyone can somehow relate to in some shape or form.

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  4. I passed over this one because from the cover I thought it was going to be some kind of fluffy contemporary read. Clearly, I should hang my head in shame for doing that because it most definitely does NOT sound fluffy! I love the sound of this plot! Will have to keep an eye out for it when it comes out! Great review!
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  5. Cool! I’ve read her other two. Glad to hear this one’s just as good.
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  6. I really want to read this book! It sounds fantastic! I have heard nothing but good things about it. Great review!!
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  7. I thought things were tied up too easily in The Duff as well, but I still loved it. I’m really excited for this one and I’m so glad to hear you loved it!!!!
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  8. Awesome review. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Been reading great things. I loved The Duff, need to read Shut Out, and it sounds like I need this too. I just love that Kody seems to write realistic characters that have issues, but are relateable in ways and “fun” to read about.
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  9. Mmmm. This sounds pretty great! I’ve never read anything by this author before, either. I’ll have to check her out!
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  10. I plan on definitely picking this book up now! I’m glad to see that you liked this one so much! It seems like such a cute read, with some good depth in it. It’s also great to see that there’s some character development, because I sometimes feel like there are so many books that are missing that. Good to know that this one isn’t missing that. =) Anyways, fabulous review! I’m really looking forward to this one now!

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  11. Hooray — this was my review today too, and I found myself pleasantly surprised!

  12. I like girls who are a hot mess! LOL They’re entertaining indeed
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  13. Sounds like another winner by Keplinger! I cant wait to read it!
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  14. This one sounds fun and I am glad you loved it :) Great review!
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  15. Great review! I really want to read this one, it seems like an easy summer read.Thank you for the review!
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  16. Amber Hughes says:

    This does sound like a great read! I just added it to my TBR a couple of days ago after reading another very positive review. So glad you liked it too! Great review :-)

  17. I just got this one for review last week and now you have me super excited about reading it!!!
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