Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 3.75 stars


What's so good about Kody Keplinger's writing was that even though they could be pretty formulaic she always managed to write something very authentic and realistic - the characters and the issues around them - in a thorough but really refreshing way. And in A Midsummer's Nightmare she really did a great job nailing those issues - family and teenage issues - and voicing the character that was having them. It was really relatable and very insightful.

Whitely's characters wasn't something that was easy to like. She was sarcastic and cynic and most of the time she was angry. However it was her situation that was so easy to understand. So as the story progressed, as I get more of what she's dealing through I started to really connect with her and like her character. 

It was amazing how she learned and developed throughout the story. She experienced a lot of things, both good and bad that made her realized her mistakes and her parents’ mistakes as well. She kept running away with her problems by partying, getting drunk and hooking up. But as soon as she saw the consequences of it and how it didn't do any good for her she realized that she needed to face them. I was glad when she finally decided to confront her dad and told him how he'd hurt her. 

Nathan was such a unique character. He was a cross between a jock, a nerd and a very sweet and caring guy! His character speaks that you could be anything you want and that not just a single thing could define you. While Whitely wasn't so easy to like Nathan was a character that was really easy to love. He was cares a lot to his mother and sister and even to Whitely and was patient and really understanding too. 

I loved other characters as well like Bailey, Nathan's mom and Harrison. They were all very supportive and genuine characters and I loved how they contributed to Whitely's development.

Another thing that made me so happy was the small reappearance of Wesley and Bianca! And they're still together for almost a year and still getting stronger! Eepp! I so really loved them in The Duff that's why I was so ecstatic to find them here even though it was just a small part. 

I still like The Duff more but still I really enjoyed this one. Aside from Kody's realistic writing she was also really good with writing a good romance - sweet and hot - which I absolutely enjoyed here. Like her other books this provides a great amount of entertainment for me but also lessons and insights from a lot of things. This was a wonderful read. I recommend this. :)

20 comments:

  1. Eunice ! I pretty much had the same experience with this book as you. I agree that Whitley was a tough character to like, but I ended up loving her over the course of the story since she grew. Nathan was a sweetheart as well. :)
    I agree though, The Duff is Kody's best work ! :)
    I have a huge crush on Wesley, although he was a little mean. :P
    Great review, Eunice :)

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    1. Thank you, Nick! Oh yeah, I think The DUFF was her best and will always be my favorite too. Although this one still definitely a good read.

      Wesley's jerkiness is what made him more charming and so crushable! (was that even a term?) LOL! :D

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  2. I find that authors who write a lot of contemporary tend to be a little formulaic too -- like Sarah Dessen, Elizabeth Scott, etc. -- but I never really mind it and it sounds like this book has tons of things to make up for that! Being realistic and authentic is never an easy thing to pull off, and I'm already crushing on the sweet jock-nerd! I love how he can't be labeled with one thing. I think that makes him more realistic than your average love interest! ;)

    Beautiful review, Eunice! Recommendation noted :) <3

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    1. I absolutely agree with everything you've said, Mimi! Being realistic and authentic were what makes those contemporary books very appealing and engaging. :) Nathan was a sweetheart! I think you're really gonna like him. Hope you like it when you decided to pick this up. Thank you, Mimi! :D

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  3. Wow, Nathan sounds like a character I would love to meet! It's a shame Whitley wasn't as easy to appreciate as he was. Great review, Eunice! I must get a move on and try one the author's books soon. ;)

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  4. I love the new header, by the way! :)

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  5. A guy who's a cross between a jock and a nerd? I'm intrigued. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed this. Great review, Eunice! :)

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  6. Aww yay! I've only read Keplinger's Shut Out, but I've been wanting to read this ever since I heard about it and of course The Duff seeing as everyone seems to love that and Wes! I'm glad you had fun with this, I really need to get to it soon. Also I love it when characters from another book make an appearance! Fab review Eunice! Also I adore your new blog header! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jasprit! Can't wait for you to read this and The DUFF! Hope you really like them! :)

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  7. What a nice, in-depth review, (ate) Eunice! New follower here. I'm so excited to have found a Filipino book blogger! Haha. Excited for more of your well-written reviews. :>

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    1. Oh my! I'm so glad to find a Filipino blogger like you too! Yay! Thanks Gellie! :)

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  8. Fab review, Eunice! I'm so eager to read this book - it sounds amazing and I've heard a lot of good things about Kody Keplinger and since you enjoyed it so much, I'm gonna have to check it out this summer. I can't wait to meet all the characters!

    New follower :)

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  9. I love an author who can write hot, convincing romance even when the main character isn't exactly likable, like Whitely. NAthan sounds absolutely adorable, though. I think I want to meet him.
    Lovely review, Eunice!

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  10. We get to see a little Wesley and Bianca in this one?! That alone is enough to make me read it, but I really like the sound of Whitley's growth throughout the story and how you come to care for her despite her attitude in the beginning. Thanks for this review Eunice, I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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  11. This looks really good! Great review!

    I'm a new follower!

    Ashley
    Booksaremylove.blogspot.com

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  12. Nathan sounds like such an awesome character. :) A jock, a nerd, AND a caring guy? That I would like to see! Marvelous review, Eunice. :)

    I haven't read the DUFF, but I know many people who did and loved it. :) Hey, maybe I'll check it out... :)

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  13. Overall this sounds like such a fun read. I haven't read The Duff yet, thank you for reminding me that I need to do that ASAP!!

    Awesome review, Eunice, I love when you read one book with characters you've loved, and they make an appearance in another book.(:

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  14. Hi there, I just wanted to let you know I've given you the Liebster Award. I hope you accept and answer the questions here http://tubchairtimes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/liebster-award.html

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  15. Wonderful review Eunice!! I'm so excited to hear Wesley and Bianca make an appearance. Yay!! :)

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