Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight

eBook - 2016
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"Wink, Poppy, and Midnight's three separate voices come together to reveal the secrets and mysteries hiding in the woods around their home"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016
ISBN: 9781101621899
1101621893
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLChrisK Jan 04, 2017

Wink Poppy Midnight casts a spell and weaves a web. Its language is both sumptuous and cynical, equally enchanting with atmosphere and engaging with hard-edged reality, magically vague about some things and disturbingly specific about others. Its web is the entangling relationships between its three alternating narrators.

Our first sentence from Midnight: "The first time I slept with Poppy, I cried."

Our first sentence from Wink: "Every story needs a hero."

Our first sentence from Poppy: "I fell in love with Leaf Bell the day he beat the sh** out of DeeDee Ruffler."

Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret. The twisting mystery of this book is which character fills which role and what secrets they are hiding. At times the roles seem obvious, but then a new secret is revealed that gives everything a new spin. The mystery lies in figuring out who these people are beneath the tales they spin about themselves, who they are to each other, and what the cost of revealing the answers will be. It's not quite a love triangle, though attraction and romantic feelings definitely complicate the dynamics. As do spooky woods, a haunted house, a hayloft, rumors and innuendo, and lots of sneaking around in the middle of the night. No one will emerge unscathed. Are any of them the hero?

Highly engaging and appealing.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This book does delve into the idea of who we really are as people--can we be defined by one thing, and one thing only? Are we only the hero? Or only the villain? Or can we be a combination of the two--so because of this existential problem, I absolutely applaud Tucholke for her incredible story. Because of this theme, the reader is forced to examine his or her own life and the type of person we want to be.

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fooclue2
Jun 02, 2016

If you loved PLL, you'll like this!

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marthabwaters
Apr 09, 2016

This is a hard book to rate and review, because it's one of those books that some people will love and some will hate. The writing is beautiful and the overall tone/atmosphere is weird and creepy in a way that I like, and which I think GENERALLY works, but I also think Tucholke just sliiiiiightly missed the mark somehow (and I can't pinpoint how), with the result being that I didn't react to this book quite how she might have intended me to. This is a confusing, muddled review because this is an odd little book that I can't really talk about coherently, so all I can say is, read it -- you may or may not like it, but you'll certainly never be bored.

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Apr 01, 2016

If you need a book with a lot of action and a clear conclusion, this is not for you. This book is all about language and tone and April Genevieve Tucholke is a master of both. It feels like this is written through the lens of a fun house mirror; everything is strange and distorted and inexplicably creepy. The three characters are also quite unusual but masterfully created, particularly Poppy. Really weird but really good.

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