Review: ‘Wink Poppy Midnight’ by April Genevieve Tucholke #SRC

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve TucholkeYou know something’s afoot when the tagline for the book is “A hero. A villain. A Liar. Who’s Who?” Wink Poppy Midnight spins you around like a kid playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey and does not disappoint.

Falling into my favorite category called “Ooh! Something Completely Different But Not Annoying,” WPM creates an atmosphere that oscillates among several “types:” the mean girl motif, the puppy dog boy, the quirky/strange girl, the ghost story, the wanting to change who you are. But there’s so much more to it than that.

There are so many twists and turns in this story that it is almost impossible for me to create my own description. Here’s what Goodreads says:

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.

Suffice it to say that there is a triangle and tragedy, love given and love not returned. Who you trust practically changes from chapter to chapter. Overlaying the relationship drama is the ghost story in the creepy abandoned house in the woods. It makes for a story that feels a lot like reality and, in equal parts, a fairy tale, with a healthy dose of yearning for good measure.

Wink Poppy Midnight was published March 22, 2016 by Dial Books. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library for review.

Rating: 4

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Romance Mystery

 

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