Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare
by Kody Keplinger
June 5, 2012
291 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.


I enjoyed reading A Midsummer's Nightmare even though at times, I was annoyed with the way the protagonist was living her life and her overall view on her life. It was a crucial part to her character development and I liked that it was nicely addressed.

I really wanted to shake Whitley when she was talking about escaping reality through drinking and partying. She needed to stand up for herself, not hide herself away. It was especially frustrating to watch her dad ignore her. To me, his reason for doing that (not wanting to scare her away) was weak. It didn't feel genuine at all, more like poor excuses.

Whitley and Nathan's romance was a bit slow as I found myself wanting to see more of them together. However, the moments that we do get to see them interact, were heart-pounding and fun. Nathan's heart-to-heart talk with Whitley was touching. It was great that he was able to realize his actions were hurting people around him. He made himself become better than that and helped Whitley come to terms with her own problems.

Harrison is too cute for words!! He is just the type of friend any girl could ask for. Seeing him beat up Theo was so satisfying! Wesley and Bianca's appearances were cute too!

Kody Keplinger writes realistically and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for more of her works :)

3.5 Cats


  1. Good review! Very informative :) I hope you find more of her works that you like and I hope to see you around my blog


  2. This sounds like it was imperfect but that it really didn't distract from the story too much though. I think I would like to meet these boys. ;)
    Wonderful review!

    1. They're so much fun I hope you do meet them ;)

  3. Great review as always Eileen! I'm not sure if I'd want to read this one, but I'm glad that despite a few issues you enjoyed it!

  4. Your thoughts are quite similar to my thoughts on her book The Duff, except I was a lot more annoyed by the ongoings haha. This sounds a little better though since you were able to get over the quibbles. I will have to give this a try. :D Lovely review, Eileen. <3

  5. Kody Keplinger's books are fun. I've only read The DUFF and LOL but they all seem to follow the same type of storylines with cutesy romances and hilarious lines. I like them and I hope to read the rest of her Hamilton High books. Great review!!!

  6. I still haven't read any of her books but soon. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this one!


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