Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Pages: 304
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Summary (Goodreads)

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorced 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.

*Received for review from Hatchette Book Group Canada  for honest review* 


I seriously LOVE anything Kody Keplinger writes because its amazing! A Midsummer`s Nightmare was fantastic!! When I got this to review I was jumping up and down because I loved The DUFF, and Shut Out. Kody's writing style is addicting, that I went through this book in two days and it was full of bliss and love! Whitley is a really developed character that goes through so many changes in a course of the summer. This is the perfect summer read! I love all the drama that Keplinger creates in her books and its also fun flirty and a fun read!

Whitley Johnson has gone through a lot, in a matter of days! Kody also brings into her writing lots of major issues that teenagers go through which I like and many teenagers can relate to some of the problems Whitley goes through with her parents and divorce. Whitley's partying has started to give off a reputation that turns into a nightmare with all the gossip around town. I felt bad for Whitley with her relationship with her father. I love how I can care and feel for this character because of the connection with the reader.

I loved seeing Harrison again, because he was also in The DUFF and we also got to know him better as well as seeing how past characters are doing. I love when authors incorporate past characters in their present books. Bailey was soo cute during the entire read, Nathan and Bailey's mom was also a great character. Her dad on the other hand was absent through most of the novel where Whitley is trying to get his attention. The growth of the characters is made when reading A Midsummer's Nightmare. 

Whitley, though she would spend the summer with her dad alone was surprised with a new kind of family which she thought she would never want but in the beginning we see her craving the attention from her dad. I did like Nathan from the beginning of the novel and the romance between them blossoms between them. Him being a jock, geek.I loved the chemistry between them and despite the circumstances of the relationship between the parents. I felt at the end it would leave the reader wanting more but I think we will see an update on this couple in future books to come! Its a perfect read during the summer and full of romance and swoon! Definitely pick up any book by Kody Keplinger!! 



  1. I just got this book today! I've read so many fantastic reviews and yours has just made me want to read it even more. I'm so excited... ahh! Thanks for the review. (:

  2. Oh snap I thought this was a standalone book? Do I have to read SHUT OUT first to be able to read this one? I hear great things about both! I always thought it was related to shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream for some reason. haha similar title!

  3. I really need to read The Duff then don't I? Good thing I have it on my shelf. I've been really looking forwad to this read!!

  4. I have never heard of this author, but I will definitely be adding this novel to my TBR list. Great review!

  5. I enjoyed Shut Out immensely and I loved The DUFF even more, but I have to say that Keplinger's third novel A Midsummer's Nightmare is even better than either or both of her first two books. Whitley is one heck of a screwed up protagonist, but that's probably what makes her story even more compelling to read. She's the girl who's had to suffer through the worst part of every situation, whether about her dysfunctional family or a high school social status on her own terms, and the only thing that makes it even more horrible is that she's had to do it on her own. It's fascinating and utterly heartbreaking to watch Whitley struggle through what she thinks will be her worst summer while she's torn between wanting to maintain her independence and admit that she just needs to be cared for. Keplinger's strong character development makes it impossible for the reader to look away from Whitley's story, even for a moment, because Whitley is such an unlikable and unlikely heroine, in the best way, of course. A Midsummer's Nightmare is a well written, incredibly powerful story sure to have readers alternately in tears and thankful for all the good things in their lives.


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