Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight

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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, [2016]
ISBN: 9780803740488
Branch Call Number: FICTION (TEEN) Tucholke, April Genevieve
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 04, 2018

Very easy read. Wink is a beautiful mistake of a human who embodies qualities that only someone who has been pushed to the brink possesses. She's quiet, calm, manipulative and cunning.
Midnight is the naive boy who's in love with the school bully due to her good looks and nonchalant attitude.
Poppy is mean, cruel, broken and confused. When her mask cracks, there's not enough glue to piece it back together.
I think the main premise of this novel is that everyone just needs someone who understands them. In order to really KNOW someone, maybe words don't need to be said. Maybe all you need to do is watch and learn from the shadows.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 09, 2017

If I had to describe this book in one word it would be "dreamy." Wink, Poppy and Midnight are teenagers in a small town. The book alternates between their voices to unfold a simple story about teenage love that doesn't involve vampires in any way. Midnight lives with his father on the edge of town after his mother and older brother have moved to Paris. He thinks he may be in love with Poppy, the perfect blonde bully who creeps into his window to sleep with him on occasion. It's clear that she doesn't reciprocate the feeling and he takes up with the strange girl across the road, Wink. Wink, whose several younger siblings always seem to be around, and whose mother tells fortunes with tarot and tea leaves, is infatuated with the idea of Midnight as a hero in some mythic romance. As the voices alternate we are shown what the other characters fail to see about each other, as if each is living in their own little world. A thoughtful book about the difference between how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us, with a dose of dangerous mischief.

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.

ArapahoeStaff1 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.

Jun 02, 2016

If you loved PLL, you'll like this!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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.

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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