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