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Editorial Reviews


Praise for A Midsummer's Nightmare:

"There's a lot to love about this story. Whitley's...a smart, assertive girl and a refreshing change from the passive, wryly observant heroines of non-paranormal fiction...
With her third novel, this young author continues to evolve; a talent to watch."


"Keplinger (The DUFF) creates a wonderfully blunt, caustic, and self-possessed heroine in Whitley...The story's emotional realism, Whitley's transformation (and acid narration), and the romance between her and Nathan make for a fiery and engrossing read."
Publishers Weekly

"Whitley is a vivid, flawed, loveable protagonist and this novel isfilled with relatable characters. With honest, authentic language, Keplinger deals deftly with the raw emotions affecting divorced and blended families."―VOYA

Keplinger definitely knows her teenagers. The characterizations of Whitley, Nathan, and...This a realistic read, with a few issues (cyberbullying, a near-rape) addressed nicely."

About the Author

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), during her senior year of high school. The DUFF was a New York Times bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out and A Midsummer's Nightmare, and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316084220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316084222
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kentucky-born Kody Keplinger's earliest memory is sitting at an old typewriter, pressing random keys as she told her mother the story she thought she was writing. Once she actually learned to spell, the writing never stopped. She wrote her first published novel, THE DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) at the age of 17, during her senior year of high school. Since then she has written two more books for teens (SHUT OUT, A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE) and one book for middle grade readers (THE SWIFT BOYS & ME). She currently lives in New York City with her dog and a giant children's book collection. When she isn't writing, Kody is probably teaching a writing workshop or watching TV. You can learn more at kodykeplinger.com.

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Format: Hardcover
I love Kody Keplinger. #FACT.

I love her not only because she's one of the SWEETEST authors EVER (She allowed me to bombard her with fangirl love a couple of weeks ago at an author event) , but because she's not afraid to take risks and write the sort of books that other YA authors would shy away from. You know...the kind that bring up real teenage issues. Like...well...sex.

With A Midsummer's Nightmare, Keplinger wastes absolutely NO time in getting things started. We begin with a questionable hook-up and shiz hits the fan shortly after. Guys, I LOVE it when shiz hits the fan!! Our main protagonist, Whitney, is introduced to her father's shiny new family and she's left to pick up the pieces of a very imperfect life. While it was incredibly heartbreaking to see Whitley struggle with the idea of her father moving on and leaving his old life (including her) behind, I loved watching those relationships develop.

Whitley's future stepsister, for example, was a gem, but the real charmer was Nathan (Oh, Nathan!) who won me over with his geeky and incredibly charming personality. He's not the typical bad-boy I fall for (*cough* Adrian Ivashkov *cough*) but he's innocent, patient, kind AND let's face it, the kind of boyfriend I hope for in real life.

Swoon worthy? OH Yeah!

But cute boys and character development aside, this wasn't your typical, one-dimensional novel. There were layers and layers of issues that Whitley dealt with honestly and realistically. Keplinger should be praised for the way she handles topics like divorce, sex and self-esteem. She has a way of making it empowering...if that makes any sense.
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When I read The DUFF a couple of years ago, I really, really liked it, though I didn't expect to because of the title. However, my memory being the mostly useless contraption that it is quickly faded. Jenni of Alluring Reads reviewed The DUFF a few months back and completely panned it. She pretty much loathed the book, and that stunned me. While Jenni and I certainly don't always agree, we often do, and I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about A Midsummer's Nightmare. Well, I still don't know for sure about The DUFF, but I loved this one.

For one thing, Keplinger writes like a teenager so well. Both here and with The DUFF, I don't think anyone open-minded can deny that she has the lingo and cadence and emotional landscape down. In a lot of books, I mentally age the characters up in my head, because their circumstances (absent parents, not actually attending any high school classes) and way of conversing just do not necessarily seem teenage. In Keplinger's, even though her characters do things I may rather wish a 14 or 17 or any age person wouldn't do, I never feel for a moment like they're not teenagers.

To be entirely frank, though, this book did begin with a pretty major disappointment for me. I was convinced that this book was inspired by Shakespeare. For some misguided reason, I even though I had read a synopsis and that it was set around a high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ummm, seriously, what the hell? Where does my brain get this stuff? That's not what it was about at all. I confess. I was VERY wrong. However, that title! It promises Shakespeare, and I wanted it okay.

However, A Midsummer's Nightmare did turn out to be inspired by a classic work of fiction, just not the bard's.
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This is eerily similar to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Girl goes to her dad's for the summer, super exited to see him, only to find he's moved to the suburbs with a Stepford-esque fiancé and two blonde preppy kids, without telling his daughter. Daughter doesn't quite fit in (because she's latino in SOTTP and an alcoholic in this story), and her father focuses more on his upcoming wedding than his daughter until she can't take it anymore.

Since they are extremely identical in set up, minus the extra one-night stand with the soon to be stepbrother and subsequent romantic entanglements (SOTTP spared us from that one), I'll compare them to each other. SOTTP story with Carmen was more based in reality. Because the character of Carmen was more realistic. Whitley, on the other hand, was more fun simply because I don't see her ever being a real person. I like to read these YA romance books, not because they're masterpieces of literature with unbelievable character structure, but because they are light on reality providing the perfect escape straight to fantasy-land. I have to say, however, that I preferred Carmen's reaction to the situation over Whit's.
The dads, I'll add, are again too eerily similar to draw any distinction between them. The soon-to-be stepmom had some more depth in this story than SOTTP, given that this book was basically SOTTP Carmen's story stretched to fill an entire book, as did the stepsister. The stepbrothers were entirely different, which is great since he played a main character in this novel. SOTTP stepbrother was actually kind of boring.

I was a little freaked out by how similar these two stories were, even some minor details and plot events are the same. Was Kody Keplinger reading SOTTP before she wrote this?
Not that it's a crime, but it makes me question her originality.
Nevertheless, the book still fulfilled it purpose. Fantasy-land is really nice this time of year.
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