Review of Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

winkpoppymidnightWink Poppy Midnight
By: April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Publisher: Dial
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
I am always excited to read anything by April Genevieve Tucholke because her writing is always so emotional and atmospheric. I adore her descriptions and the creepy, gothic feel each of her novels has. Wink Poppy Midnight was no different. Overall, this book was a quick read that had me deeply immersed. I did, however, find the ending to be a bit of a letdown and came out of my reading experience feeling like I must have missed something.

This book tells the stories of three characters, Wink, Poppy and Midnight. We see the story unfold through each of their eyes and I loved how they were all very flawed characters. Each narrative was unique and very much distinguishable from the other characters (always so impressed when an author can pull that off). They all play an important role in each other’s lives and honestly- they mistreat each other pretty badly. I was most drawn to Poppy’s character due to how okay she was with all her nasty personality traits. To me, she felt like the most complex of the characters and though I couldn’t fathom liking her I loved reading her story.

As always, with this author’s work, the setting played a large part in the story. The reader is transported and you really feel what it would be like to live in these character’s lives. I adore how well I could visualize each of the locations- the barn, forest, and the old, haunted house.

I couldn’t help but try to guess where the story was headed as I read. I had all sorts of theories and none of them were correct! I though I saw all sorts of clues lying around but I was for the most part wrong. When the big reveal was shown I felt a tad let down. I wanted more! I wanted the story to go so much deeper and so much darker than it did. This makes me feel like I must have missed something. The entire last portion of the book felt sort of meh to me.

Final Thoughts:
April Genevieve Tucholke’s writing is like a dream or fairy tale. I never had a real grasp on what was happening or where the story was going (though I tried guessing). I loved the atmosphere of the story but I still feel like I didn’t ‘get it’ fully. Even considering that I still felt like it was well worth the read.