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A Midsummer Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Synopsis: 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 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

Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare is the perfect book to read poolside! I really enjoyed this story because Whitley is a funny and yet annoyingly loveable character. She's stubborn, rebellious and a bit of a trouble maker. The concept was original and fun to read. I loved Harrison, Whitley's gay best friend. He's the best friend every girl wants: hot, strong and fun to party with! I really thought it was great that although a bit stereotypical (because he was so into fashion) he was always there to stand up for Whitley and he genuinely cared about her. Whitley is definitely a girl with daddy issues but I was glad that it was not overly dramatized and it was well written. Nathan is a hottie. He's a geek with a hot body and a gentleman at heart. I thought it was hilarious that the book opened with Whitley waking up next to Nathan after just having sex with him the night before. Bailey, Nathan's sister was a great background character and I thought she brought some great tension between Whitley and Nathan. I think it's great Keplinger kept the dialogue whitty but honest and true to nature. Although Whitley was annoying at times I couldn't help but like her. I really felt sympathetic for her when she was trying to get her dad to notice and talk to her. Keplinger did a great job adding real depth to her characters. I really felt like they were real people. I think the only thing I would've wanted was maybe a resolution between Whitley and her mom. Their relationship didn't seem exactly well off and it would've been nice to see that change, at the same time the author did a great job keeping it realistic. It was great that she showed both parents in a positive and negative light. I can't wait to read more from Keplinger! I highly recommend this book, it's the perfect summer read and it's a fantastic story. I already sent this one to my sister-in law. I thought she would love it. She just graduated high school too. :)

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