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Monday, May 2, 2016

Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publication.Date  March 22nd 2016
Published By:  Dial Books
AuthorApril Genevieve Tucholke

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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.

Revenge. Justice. Love. They are the three stories that all other stories are made up of. It's the trifecta.
When you look into the darkness, the darkness looks into you.
All good Heroes are scared, if they know the evil they face.

       Tucholke is one of my favorite writers. She's been on my auto-buy list since her fabulous debut, Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and I'm 100% sure this won't be changing any time soon. She's just an amazing and incredibly unique writer and her books are one of a kind gemstones. 

     Wink Poppy Midnight is a weird story. A good weird, of course, but some people might not find it to their taste. It's mysterious, confusing, vaguely magical, eerie.. It's like a dream in a dream. Between The Devil and the a Deep Blue Sea had a similar dreamy, deliciously southern vibe, and that's probably why I loved both so much.

     To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. It was wicked and twisty, and I was completely obsessed with it. I couldn't get enough of it. I tried to go slow, pace myself and really inhale Tucholke's outstanding writing, but it was impossible for me to put the book down. It's just one of those books that you want to read in one sitting. When I wasn't reading it, I was craving it.

    The characters in this story are just as unique and charismatic as their names are creative and uncommon. They have issues, they struggle with things, they manipulate and lie, or are manipulated and lied to, they crave vengeance, power, loving, appreciation.. and they go about achieving their goals in all the wrong ways. They're teenagers that don't know any better, or think they know best. And they're very convincing in their roles. Up until the end, you don't really know what's going on, who is the true bad guy, who is the hero and who is the liar. And, of course, that's why it's so fun. It's the blurring of the lines that makes it impossible to label and assign stereotypical roles to the characters. And in the end, you learnt that what you thought was true, was in fact a lie, or a distorted truth, and you realize that simple labels just don't stick, that there's always more to the story than what meets the eye; and that everything and everyone is way more complex than you ever expected.

    Wink Poppy Midnight is atmospheric and dark. It's eerie and deceptive. Unpredictable, raw and gritty, and pretty bad-ass. Tucholke doesn't hold back, and that's what I love about her writing. There are no easy answers and no simple solutions, the characters stay strong in their convictions - whether they're right or wrong - and the ending of the story is not you classic Hollywood happy ending, but it's a beautiful and perfectly satisfying ending nevertheless. I appreciated every second of this book and I wouldn't have the ending any other way.

     I can't wait to see what else Tucholke has in store for us! 

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