Wink Poppy Midnightby April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Penguin, Dial on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying.
Ms. Tucholke writes the most artful, gothic stories for today’s audience. Any story she puts to paper, I’ll probably read. She’s just one of those authors who seems so mysterious, quirky, and if you weren’t “cool”, she’d be your friend. And Wink Poppy Midnight? So utterly unique that it took me until about 10% to get the hang of reading it but I so, SO loved it!
Ms. Tucholke was smart to make this a shorter, succinct, and very tightly written story. If she had written a long story in this format, I think I would have passed out from exhaustion trying to keep up with the narrators.
The reason why I say that is because this story is told in three POVs: Wink’s, Poppy’s, and Midnight’s. Each chapter, or voice, is very short. And in the ARC, there were no separations between the voices so I had to pay close attention and learn how each character spoke to figure out who was speaking. Surprisingly, I found that to be fun! Normally, I would have chucked my iPad at the wall.
Saving my wall from iPad-shaped dents was a hauntingly engaging storyline with characters whose personalities are in sharp contrast to one another. Midnight is the boy next door. Poppy is the popular girl who can do no wrong and has the entourage to prove it. Wink is the quirky red-haired girl who lives in the world of fairytales and fantasy stories.
How their lives intersect ends up being the mystery of the story… with a ghost story tossed in for good measure!
I am purposefully not going into the story too much because I don’t want to ruin anything about it. This is one of those books you just open and start reading with no expectations at all. Well, except that you might be confused a bit at first but I warned you about that already!
The best part for me? I could not have predicted the direction of the story or the (perfect) ending even if I had a hint. I only wish my mind worked like Ms. Tucholke’s …
To read a HUGE excerpt from the book (basically the few chapters), go to Entertainment Weekly.