Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Posted March 24, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments Tags:

Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve TucholkeWink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Penguin on 2016-03-22
Genres: Social Issues, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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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.

I think 2016 is trying to teach me a lesson. And that lesson is that just because a book is popular or has lots of hype, that doesn’t mean that I’ll like said book. This one played a big part in my finally listening to that.

Wink Poppy Midnight is not a bad book. But it wasn’t a book that I liked. It just wasn’t for me. When reviews say that this book is weird, they mean it. When they talk about unreliable narrators. They mean it. This book is all over the place and because of the narrators, we as readers can never really be sure of what is going on. Some people like that. Some people even love that in books. And I can appreciate that they like it. It can make books interesting and unputdownable. But for me, I kind of like to know what’s going on. So for me, I just didn’t enjoy this one. I felt like I just didn’t get it. And I really prefer to read books that I get.

Wink, Poppy, and Midnight were all very intriguing characters. But because of their unrealiable nature, I never felt like a truly knew them. Their thoughts were all over the place and because of that, one minute they’d be saying one thing and the next they’d be doing something completely different from that. They’d sneak around, though we wouldn’t always know what was going on, and because this is also a thriller, strange things were happening all the time and we never knew who was behind what. Or something, even what was really happening. And like I said before, I like to know what’s going on. I don’t like to be confused or misled or manipulated.

But if that kind of thing interests you, I think you will really love this book. It was a very unique read and a completely crazy book to experience. I appreciated it for its total ability to not stick to any sort of formula and am glad I had the chance to read it. Plus, it was a really fast read. But for me, this just isn’t the sort of thing that I typically enjoy. And no matter how unique it was, I just didn’t really enjoy the ride. I want narrators that I can trust and like. I want to feel like I’m experiencing the book alongside the characters, not being manipulated into thinking one thing when it’s actually something completely different happening.

So, if you like books that are deceptive, that have unreliable narrators and are twisty and sometimes just weird, I think you’ll like this book. This book had a very similar feel to We Were Liars for me. Not so much for the story, but just the way the book was written and how it felt reading it. I think if you liked that one, you’ll like this one too. But mostly, I think you just need to decide if it sounds like a book you’ll like knowing what you know about it and go from there. But if you don’t like books where you, the reader, is kept in the dark for a lot of it, I really don’t think you’ll like this one.


4 Responses to “Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke”

  1. Oh man, I SO want to read this… but I also HATE being confused. It’s one of the main reason I didn’t like Jellicoe Road– because I spent the first half of that book completely frustrated with not know what was going on!! I do like unreliable narrators though…. hmm guess I’ll just have to give it a try. LOVE the cover either way though 🙂
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  2. I really want to read this, but I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I sometimes like unreliable narrators (it depends if I’m in the mood for something I can’t totally understand), so I will have to pick this book up at the right time. There’s so much hype going around for it… I never really knew what it was about! I’m not a huge fan of the cover though :/

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