Review: Wink Poppy Midnight
April Genevieve Tucholke - Wink Poppy MidnightPublished: March 22, 2016 by Dial Books
Genres: Magical Realism, Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
~This is my fave. I mean, come on.
Poppy and Midnight are dating. But when the eccentric, manic pixie dream girl-in-disguise, Wink arrives. Midnight immediately loses interest in Poppy and climbs (quite literally) on Wink's party train, Poppy is not fond of this plan, so with help from her clique, The Yellows, she sets out to make Wink's life miserable.
I see no point in Midnight's character. I think the book may as well been titled: Poppy & Wink. Poppy and Wink are badass and weird and quirky. They have fabulous fashion sense, Wink reads tarot cards with her mother, Poppy probably belongs in therapy, and Midnight only stands in the background, like: "Stop it! Stop fighting, you guys!"
First of all: I hate eccentric names. If you're going to name your child, Apple or Goldfish, I hope you have a great reason behind it. No one's name - mainly, Midnight - was ever questioned. We also have a set of twins named Hops and Moon. And to be honest, this book reminds me of tumblr aesthetic.
"Buttercup and Zoe popped tomatoes into each other's mouths, bright red lips closing around bright red tomatoes. Their black dresses and striped socks jarred with the lush trees behind them. They both had on matching skull backpacks, though school was long out. Buttercup's black hair was in a tight, sleek braid and Zoe had slicked down her short curls and looked like a thirties movie star. They gave us the side-eye while they chewed, tomato seeds on their chins."Um, alrighty.
Here's one of my only problems with the book. (view spoiler)When Poppy was locked in the abandoned house for hours upon hours, why did no one come looking for her? Where were her parents? Her clique? And as they're dragging along Wink's mother to help, she's all: "hold up lemme read your palms first." Um, there's a half-dead girl in the shed, mind you??
I adored this insanely. I shipped Leaf/Poppy far too much. To the point, I was actually feeling bad for Poppy. (Yeah, I know. Ooh. Wow.) I could've done without Midnight, but otherwise, it's a crazy absorbing read and I think quite a few of you will be stunned silly by it.