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A Midsummer's Nightmare Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Loved this story from page 1. Hated to see it end. Hoping for a book 2 with Whit and Nathan off at college. Harrison too, of course.Published 1 month ago by sanders.clan
I didn't buy it from Amazon.com but amazing. You should read.Published 4 months ago by Servet Turan
This was a great book. I am 14 years old and I really enjoy romance books plus this book is also registered in the library so you can take a test on it in the accelerated reader... Read morePublished 4 months ago by loveannielove
This book was everything that expected from Keplinger, she is a great author and she is quickly becoming one of my favorites, can't wait to read more of her work!Published 6 months ago by Arlenis
This is really a 3.5. I rounded down. She had a one-night stand at a graduation party. Then she got to see him again when he was introduced to her a few days later as his soon to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by KaKaKaren
I have read some of her other books and enjoyed them but this was just two one dimensional for me. I couldn't get into it.Published 8 months ago by gg