A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
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 stepbrother…at 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. From Goodreads.
Seeing as the book starts off from where Whitley is getting to know that she got wasted enough the night before that she slept with someone was interesting. It was like holy hell, I thought Whitley was very calm even though she could barely remember the whole night at the time.
I felt that the flaws in the characters in the book were really good. I like how Whitley has issues not with just one parent but with both because they honestly don’t notice how much pain she has been in since they divorced. I love how her brother really cares about her but it’s hard for him because of the distance and the fact that he has a baby and wife. I thought her mom needed a wakeup call because she wasn’t helping the situation at all.
I liked how she eventually realized that she was using it as a poor coping mechanism but of course it took something almost to happen to her soon to be stepsister. She had some eye opening moments throughout the summer before her first year of college, which she kinda needed. She was a hot mess before that summer and her dad was also a mess because he treated her like a little sister instead of as her dad. I couldn’t imagine my dad being that way but I know it happens though, especially to the dad’s that are dads way too early and finally taste what life outside of a family would be. This is exactly what happened to her dad in the book.
I loved how she finally got the family that she needed and her first friend since middle school. I felt that she grew throughout the book and I really liked that it was like ALL of a sudden either. It took mistakes and trust to get to where she was in the end.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more of Kody’s books, she really is an amazing writer.