Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

wink poppy midnight

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. (Goodreads)

This book was pretty hyped up before it came out, so obviously, it made my TBR – like it made most TBR’s. I think I got about 3 pages in and my first reaction was that Poppy was an evil psychopath. However, as I read on, this seemed to be the least of this books worries…

Midnight. Not entirely sure why these two are pretty much fighting over him. He seems to be a fairly boring sort of guy – or maybe he just isn’t my type. There is nothing that wows me about him. He also seems to have absolutely no spine! First he goes along with what Poppy wants because he is convinced he is in love with her – and then he goes along with Wink, because he doesn’t like Poppy anymore! Even though he thinks what he is doing is wrong… he still does it!

Poppy is someone who I would normally run away from and hide underneath a rock. She comes across as a complete psychopathic bully. She is used to getting her way and that’s it – if she doesn’t get her way… well, I need a bigger rock to hide underneath!! What I liked about Poppy, though, is that she changed throughout the book. She knew what was making her unhappy and she changed it by the end of the book. She made a kind of progress where other people in this book hadn’t.

Wink’s character blurred the lines between fantasy and reality. She pretty much lived through connections with stories, and she seemed to be a story herself! Her style of narrating was very whimsical and I struggled to tell the difference between what was real from her point of view and what was fictional. She did, however, by the end of the book, turn out to be the craziest of all! With the twist that came at the end, I was questioning everything about this book. She turned out to be a crazy liar – probably someone Midnight should not have been hanging around with!

After the twist came out and Wink revealed what she did, I was confused as to why Midnight decided to still hang around with her until he did what he did! Why would you hang out with someone who revealed what she did and who turned out to be a crazy woman?!? Seriously, Midnight – you need to get your sh*t together!

What enjoyed about this book was the general darkness throughout. These teens were seriously messed up and it made for a pretty interesting story. What I didn’t like about it was the fact that it seemed a little bit slow and all of the twists seem to come at the same time. I think this could have easily been spread out over the entire book. I do, also, want to know what happened to Roman Luck – did he leave and start a new life all over again, or was he forced out of house… or was it something more sinister?

Overall, I enjoyed this book, despite the sometimes slow nature of it. It is definitely a book that I would recommend, though! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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