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A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger - No Spoiler Review | How to handle an amazingly awkward situation

July 12, 2015

Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Standalone Novel
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 5th 2012
Format Read: Hardcover
Publisher: Poppy
Rating: ★★★★★
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.

I know I say this at the beginning of every Kody Keplinger review, but I loved her previous books and this one did not disappoint. I loved it! If someone asked me to pick a favourite Kody Keplinger book I would be unable to do so.

I was sold on this book as soon as I read this sentence of the synopsis: The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Talk about awkward!

Whitley was probably my favourite main character from all the Hamilton High novels. I feel like she's the only one who wasn't  morally perfect but wasn't as bad as people thought either. She accepted her personality instead of ignoring it. The beginning scene really showed her true personality. For the first time, a character who was feeling conflicted and surprised and betrayed didn't hide it, but showed it. She didn't try to mask her feelings but she didn't act like a brat either.

Nathan was a really considerate character and he was very nice to his sister (Bailey.) You could tell hr really cared for her. Even though his mom was introducing a whole new person to his family, he didn't complain but just accepted it. He was nice to Whitley despite the awkwardness of what she said during the one-night-stand. Nathan was probably my favourite romantic interest after Wesley Rush (from the DUFF).

I liked how Sylvia (the fiancée) was trying so hard to be nice to Whitley and how she didn't give up or get angry when Whitley pushed her away at first. She wasn't one of those stupid, young people who marry for money and don't even care about the kids. She was my favourite character in this book. She supported Whitley a lot!

Even though most of this book is fluffy and contemporary, there are some more serious aspects to it. The characters deal with acceptance, control and many other important things as the book progresses.

I definitely recommend you read all of Kody Kiplinger's novels. Even if you didn't enjoy one, there is a chance you will enjoy the others.

-Rekha

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