Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

ARC, 247 pages
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Published by: Dial Books
Source: Won from a giveaway from Sarah! (Thank you again Sarah!) 
For fans of: Twisty, turny, Mystery, Weird, Stand-alones, Suspense, YA

     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.


     When I saw there was another book by April Tucholke coming out, I knew I had to grab it up any way I could. I LOVED her debut novel and bought the sequel before I even read the synopsis. I wanted to read this one too just to see what sort of trouble Tucholke put her characters into this time. But I can't say it was what I was expecting. 
"Every story needs a villain. The villain is just as important as the hero. More important, maybe."
pg. 15
     Every story has the same elements. A plot, a setting, characters, a conflict, and a resolution. The villain is the conflict, the hero is the resolution or the character, and then there's the secret or the plot. But in this story, no one really knows who is who, which way is up, or really anything once the book comes to a close. 
"I never cried because there are only two reasons people cry, one is empathy and the other is self-pity; and I never had any of either."
pg. 32
     For the first half of this book I have to admit I was pretty confused as to what was going on. I have to also admit that I was pretty bored with all the descriptions of all the characters in there. It started to pick up when one of them started being mean and doing some outrageous things. (I won't tell you who for fear of spoilers.) So much so that I really disliked that person. But if it's one thing that Tucholke has taught me with every book I've read by her, it's to not trust anything.
"All the strangest stories are true."
pg. 53
    I'm not sure what I can talk about for this book because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. But I can say, don't get too caught up in the story. Don't trust anything. What you think you know, you don't. The creepy part about this one is... you never see it coming. This book is definitely weird and will make you question your reading comprehension. (Or maybe that's just me lol) 
"...but then, the quiet ones are the ones you have to watch out for."
pg. 96
  The best part of this though was the reason I fell in love with Tucholke's book in the first place. Her writing style. I love the way she shows emphasis by repeating some words. I find sometimes when I'm talking so it was interesting to read it. This book also reassured me that I will give anything she writes a chance just to get more of her gorgeous prose. 
"...the best heroes had a bot of evil in them."
pg. 112
     This kept me guessing and kept me on my toes. Basically all that I expected from a Tucholke book. I can't wait until the rest of you readers can get this book in your hands as well!
Overall, I give this

1 comment:

  1. OOh nice! I keep hearing so many good things about this one! Especially the weirdness!!! Glad to hear that despite some confusion you could still enjoy it! I am really looking forward to reading this one! Great review!