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Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee'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.


A Midsummer's Nightmare
Average rating
4.2 / 5
It's Kody's best work yet.
May 18th, 2015
This was my favorite book of Kody's yet. I loved the controversial topics. I give her major props for writing a book that could be easily banned by schools or unallowed by parents. I'll admit - Whitley is mean and rude. And normally, those characters turn me off of a book immediately. Most writers take an awfully-behaved female and say she's "kick-a" or "independent" when in reality, she's just a witch that I never like. Whitley had her moments when I wanted to kick her. BUT I really connected with her. Maybe it was the divorce/blended family issue. Maybe it was trying to make sense of her family problems among everything else that was crashing down around her. Maybe it's because I've been there, although I didn't do the rebellious thing to escape it. I really liked Whitley. I loved watching her grow and come to terms with the way things were in her life. Her character ARC was beautifully crafted. Nathan was one of the better love interests I've read in YA. I adored him. I also loved Bailey & Harrison. At times, I liked Sylvia and appreciated how she tried so hard with Whitley (unlike my experience with stepmoms), but at other times, I felt she pushed the limits and Greg should've stepped up as the parent. It wasn't Sylvia's place at times, and that bothered me. (Although it is realistic, in many cases) The plotline was fast-paced, flowed well, and it was definitely a page turner. The romance was cute even with the awkward situation around it. I really loved this book. It's Kody's best work yet.
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