A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: June 5, 2012
More awesome work from Kody Keplinger. As usual, she is able to perfectly capture a teen lifestyle and mould it to fit the deeper issue at hand.
Whitley is suffering from her parents’ divorce, and she is dealing with it by acting out as a cry for help. In the summer before college, she’s going to spend the summer with her dad… and his new family that she knew nothing about.
I loved Whitley so much, just like I love all of Kody’s main protagonists. I did find her to be annoyingly judgemental at times, particularly when she was at a party held by one of Kody’s other MCs. Besides that, I loved her and her relationship with her new step sister and her step mother, which had both positive and negative moments. I wasn’t a huge fan of her gay best friend, as he seemed very stereotypical and I feel he could have been fleshed out a bit more.
Nathan is Whitley’s love interest and her soon-to-be stepbrother. If you were reading my updates on Goodreads then you will know that I didn’t like him AT ALL. He was a horrible person and he was a bastard to Whitley. I’m sorry, but I could not root for the two of them after he flipped out over stupid things and called Whitley a whore. No thank you. I’m not a fan.
Aside from him, I really did like this book. I absolutely love Kody Keplinger’s writing, and while I didn’t love this book as much as I loved The DUFF, I still really, really liked A Midsummer’s Nightmare.