A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare

byKody Keplinger

Kobo ebook | June 5, 2012

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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 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.

Title:A Midsummer's NightmareFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316202126

ISBN - 13:9780316202121

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I picked this book up at a used book sale because I found the description intriguing. I was not at disappointed by this decision. The characters and storyline were well developed and so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. This book was not a typical young adult novel and dealt with some difficult issues. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable, quick read.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Kody's best work yet. 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.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Midsummer's Nighmare Loved, loved, loved this book. I laughed and balled my eyes out.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars! So good!! Enjoyed it a lot!
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Kody Keplinger has this way of writing about ideas we take for granted and then turning your entire world upside down. Her books are laugh-out-loud funny and really appeal to my sense of humour with their tongue-in-cheek lines. I knew that I loved Shut Out enough to read her next book, but A Midsummer's Nightmare is the book that sealed the deal for me and convinced me I'll read whatever Kody writes next. They aren't typically the books I'd choose for myself based off of cover and synopsis alone (I only read Shut Out because of the Greek-inspired story) and that's exactly what I love about them - how unexpected these books are for me. Reasons to Read: 1. Whitley is not your archetypal YA heroine: Every so often, I'll read a book with a girl who's acting out in rebellion in one way or another or is rather jaded for some reason. Very rarely do I read about a character that doesn't feel like they're trying too hard to do this, or who come across as kinda bratty. Whitley is one of those rare gems. She's the very definition of cynicism. She has a complicated love life - but doesn't whine about it. You kind of hate her at first, until those layers start peeling back - because she's the quintessential onion, like Shrek. I feel like the Catcher in the Rye comparison is a fair and good one. 2. Cute nerdy crush? CHECK: I know I can't be the only girl who swoons a little at a cute boy who loves his Star Wars. And other sci fi fun! Nathan was a sweetheart and a half - very Cricket à la Lola and the Boy Next Door. And I appreciated that he really grew as a character all on his own, and it wasn't all about Whitney's maturity and changes. Because frankly, he does some really stupid things. 3. Highlights issues many books shy away from: What happens when you get a girl who uses a guy for selfish reasons? Just read Whitley's story. We always hear about the guy using the girl, but I thought this was some very poignant role reversal. And some binge drinking issues that don't get talked about as much as other problems do. I love that Kody never shies away from hard topics. Love, love, love it. A Midsummer's Nightmare is far from a light, flawless little story. Quite honestly? It's extremely heartbreaking. This is the story of some young people that very rarely gets shared so openly. But I can understand why some readers may not enjoy it, because it could be very hard to relate to at the beginning when Whitley is heavy into her partying lifestyle. Few will empathize, and some will sympathize, but I'm aware a number of readers just won't get it. But for those of us who do get it? It'll rock your world. ARC received from Hachette Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting YA Contemporary Novel Kody Keplinger has written yet another addicting contemporary novel which had my eyes completely glued to every single page! The chemistry between Nathan and Whitley is electric and leaves you waiting for the moment they'll give into their feelings for each other. If you loved reading Kody Keplinger's novels in the past, I'm sure you'll be loving A Midsummer's Nightmare too! Whitley is angry with the world and upset that her father doesn't seem to bother noticing her anymore. So instead of being grateful for the supportive people she already has by her side, she tries to push everyone away, even when she actually needs them more than ever. Sometimes, I just wanted to knock some sense into her, but I guess part of the appeal of A Midsummer's Nightmare was trying to relate to someone who could be just so unlikeable sometimes. I know Nathan and Whitley weren't related by blood or anything, but I was still rather unsettled by their slowly blossoming relationship because they would soon be step-siblings. Nathan was sweet and genuinely cared about Whitley, even during the times she probably didn't deserve it. His little sister, Bailey, was adorable and endeared herself to me with her innocence! If I had to fault A Midsummer's Nightmare though, I'd have to say a part of me is exasperated with the way Kody Keplinger has once again used similar elements that can also be found in her previous two novels. Whitley is like a cross between Bianca from The DUFF and Lisa from Shut Out with her attitude problems and making assumptions about people's actions that lead her to poor decisions. And once again, the conclusion is wrapped up too neatly with a heart-to-heart conversation. I'm going to give the novel a free pass this time around, but I'll be definitely looking for more originality in Kody Keplinger's next novel, Goldfish! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/06/midsummers-nightmare-by-kody-keplinger.html
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rich and Meaningful Read for Teenagers and Parents Alike Kody Keplinger is one of my favorite contemporary authors since I fell in love with her first novel The Duff, which is now one of my favorite contemporary reads. Then, I really enjoyed Shut Out and I loved that it focused in very important teenage issues, yet I was still more in love with The Duff. Now, A Midsummer's Nightmare is a whole story to a whole new level. Kody Keplinger's last novel is certainly my favorite one of all of the three novels she has published so far! This is probably Keplinger's most complex and rich story. I love how thoughtful and emotionally deep this book is. A Midsummer's Nightmare deals with a topic that many children/teenagers (myself included) and parents deal/dealt with: parent's divorce plus the whole lot of consequences and changes that this event brings into children's and parents' life (for better or worst, or both) In addition, I loved to see how Kody Keplinger's writing has become so consistent. Her character, for example, are full of details that enrich their personalities (Specially Wit who is the main character). I feel that in each of Kody Keplinger's books, her characters have become more and more alive and I dare to say that in A Midsummer's Nightmare, the characters really stand out of the pages. In this novel, the characters are really strong and each one of them have a solid presence and opinion towards the situation they are all facing (second marriage, two families merging into one, etc). I think that this is actually one of the strongest points of the novel. Each character deliver an insightful perspective of what people can go through when they face this kind of situation. Although Kody Keplinger's story is fiction, I'd like to believe that A Midsummer's Nightmare could actually really happen to someone. It is a beautiful and powerful story where people learn from mistakes and put effort to become a better person. I was so delighted to see how a story that could easily turn into something pessimistic and tragic, ended up turning into something full of hope and good examples. I know there might be some people who might think that A Midsummer's Nightmare may not be realistic enough or that everything solves too perfectly. However, this is fiction, and it is in fiction where we can let ourselves dream about the best stories with the best outcomes. Isn't that the magic of books after all? Filled with relevant themes such as parenthood, family issues, sense of belonging and lack of attention, this book is (for me) Keplinger's most consistent novel so far. Life is a rollercoaster that is filled with many of the ups and downs that Kody Keplinger so perfectly illustrated on this novel. A Midsummer's Nightmare is definitely a rich and meaningful read for teenagers and parents alike.
Date published: 2012-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely emotionally riveting and down-right sexy *Copy provided by publisher for review* This book is guilty! Guilty of being...too sexy! Following the same sexy undertone that Kody Keplinger's previous novel Shut Out featured, A Midsummer's Nightmare certainly packs a sexy little punch. After completely devouring and adoring Shut Out (which I highly recommend you read) I knew that Kody Keplinger's latest would not disappoint. Following the narration of Whitley Johnson, A Midsummer's Nightmare follows the story of a girl who has, unfortunately, suffered from divorce. Going off to visit her divorced dad in the summer has turned into a literal nightmare! How so? Firstly - she discovers that her father is currently engaged to be married to another woman, secondly - said woman has kids of her own, thirdly - as it turns out her dad's fiancee's son just so happens to be her one-night stand from graduation night! Amidst all the drinking and partying that leads Whitley to a downward spiral of trouble, can she find the strength to pull herself out? A Midsummer's Nightmare, surprisingly, was completely different than any of the other titles I'd read by Kody Keplinger (minus the sexiness of course. Kody ALWAYS brings the sexiness). A Midsummer's Nightmare featured a fairly troubled protagonist, a young girl still struggling with her parent's divorce while also trying to grasp onto something real. Still, I couldn't help sympathizing and instantly identifying with Whitley. Despite her rather questionable tactics and choices, I couldn't help wanting to dig deeper and fully understand where her deep struggle came from. With Whitley, I found myself adoring Nate. Sexy, strong, and dependable, Nate was just what Whitley's troubled and wild character needed. He was, without a doubt, a wonderful contrast to her personality. With that said, Kody Keplinger, as I mentioned before, certainly does bring forth the hardcore sexiness as featured in Shut Out, in fact it's one of the novel's aspects that I loved the most. I swooned, I sighed, and I gripped A Midsummer's Nightmare's pages hoping for more. Completely emotionally riveting and down-right sexy, A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger is sure to be enjoyed by both young adults and adults alike.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Book I seriously LOVE anything Kody Keplinger writes because its amazing! A Midsummer`s Nightmare was fantastic!! When I got this to review I was jumping up and down because I loved The DUFF, and Shut Out. Kody's writing style is addicting, that I went through this book in two days and it was full of bliss and love! Whitley is a really developed character that goes through so many changes in a course of the summer. This is the perfect summer read! I love all the drama that Keplinger creates in her books and its also fun flirty and a fun read! Whitley Johnson has gone through a lot, in a matter of days! Kody also brings into her writing lots of major issues that teenagers go through which I like and many teenagers can relate to some of the problems Whitley goes through with her parents and divorce. Whitley's partying has started to give off a reputation that turns into a nightmare with all the gossip around town. I felt bad for Whitley with her relationship with her father. I love how I can care and feel for this character because of the connection with the reader. I loved seeing Harrison again, because he was also in The DUFF and we also got to know him better as well as seeing how past characters are doing. I love when authors incorporate past characters in their present books. Bailey was soo cute during the entire read, Nathan and Bailey's mom was also a great character. Her dad on the other hand was absent through most of the novel where Whitley is trying to get his attention. The growth of the characters is made when reading A Midsummer's Nightmare. Whitley, though she would spend the summer with her dad alone was surprised with a new kind of family which she thought she would never want but in the beginning we see her craving the attention from her dad. I did like Nathan from the beginning of the novel and the romance between them blossoms between them. Him being a jock, geek.I loved the chemistry between them and despite the circumstances of the relationship between the parents. I felt at the end it would leave the reader wanting more but I think we will see an update on this couple in future books to come! Its a perfect read during the summer and full of romance and swoon! Definitely pick up any book by Kody Keplinger!!
Date published: 2012-06-05