Book Reviews

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger




Whitley’s dream summer of shopping, partying and tanning on the beach has just turned into a nightmare.  Because her Dad didn’t tell her he doesn’t live by the beach any more, or that he’s got himself a fiancee. A fiancee whose son just happens to be what’s-his-name from last week’s drunken graduation party hook up.


As if the summer couldn’t get any worse, Dad seems to forget Whitley’s even there. She doesn’t fit in with his perfect new country club family, and Whitley does what any girl lucky enough to go all summer unsupervised does: she parties. Hard.

So hard that she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose…

This book starts with Whitley waking up in a guys bed after partying hard at graduation. She can’t remember his name and when he wakes up and automatically thinks there is going to be something more from this hook up, Whitley flees.

Back at home her mother doesn’t really care whats going on and Whitley can only think of one thing: summer in the sun partying, drinking and tanning with her dad at his beach-side home.

What she doesn’t expect however is her dad’s new fiancee and her children… and the son just so happens to be the guy from graduation night…

Whitley loses herself in partying but soon ends up with a bad name, despite the fact that she’s not that bad at all. People are just assuming.
Of course her father is ignoring her which makes everything that much worse and when on a night out things turn dark for her, Whitley gives up the partying lifestyle and starts to see the person that was in front of her all along…

Kody did it again with this book! I loved The Duff so I was always curious as to what her other books would be like and this one didn’t disappoint in anyway.

Whitley is a character that has many sides to her. She has the party girl side which gives her a bad name. She has the sometimes bitchy side and she has the real her. Since her parents got divorced they haven’t really cared about her. Her brother moved and is now married with a kid. Her dad became a play boy and she spent her summers at his condo drinking and tanning, then there’s her mom who is wrapped up in her own world from the divorce and doesn’t pay attention to Whitley. So in a way you can understand why she acts the way she does. She’s not getting attention from her family so she gets it in the form of partying. Its sad aswell because all of it reaches a point that almost doesn’t end well for her. When she gives up partying and drinking its like you see the real her. She’s vulnerable and a little lost. And she starts to see things that she never saw before.

Nathan… Nathan Nathan Nathan… *le sigh* he’s Whitley’s one night stand and soon to be step brother. Nathan is HOT! But unlike Wesley in The Duff, he doesn’t put it around. He’s a geek, despite being popular and into his sports. He gives it straight to Whitley, tells her what he wants. He cares for her but the way she’s acting has to stop. Nathan is good for her. They are great together and he always sticks up for her. You see how their feelings from the one night stand they had grows. He sees beyond her partying ways. And he tells her to talk to her dad instead of bottling everything up. I loved him.

Her dad… I didn’t like him. The more I saw how he ignored her in favour of his new family. Its like he doesn’t care about her and the way it makes Whitley feel makes your heart break. When he’s called out on it though you see the shock on his face and the devastation. Still doesn’t make me like him as much though.

Her step mom Sylvia is pretty cool. She acts like the mom Whitley wants and is there for her. Despite the fact that Whitley doesn’t want her there at first.

Her soon to be step sister Bailey is cool for thirteen too. She looks up to Whitley and helps to get her back on her feet after what happened.

Harrison! Ah I loved the brief moments we got of him in The Duff and he gets more of a roll in this book. At first he unofficially becomes Whitley’s BFF despite the fact she doesn’t do BFF’s. He livens her up when she’s down. Stands up for her and is there for her. He’s got a major crush on Nathan (who wouldn’t?!) and is just amazing. I loved him too and was so so glad we got to see more of him.

We also get to see Bianca and Wesley briefly aswell!

All in all this book showed that you can’t judge a person by they way they act. Sometimes there are things going on and we don’t fully understand it all.
Like The Duff, this book had its sarcastic moments, its funny moments, its heartfelt moments and its sad moments. Kody really knows how to write teenage/YA books. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

5 out of 5 stars


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