Turning the Pages: ‘Wink Poppy Midnight’ by April Genevieve Tucholke

Quote Me: Wink Poppy Midnight feels like one of those narrative heavy books where the words flow over you and make you feel as if everything’s happening in slow motion as if the world were covered in water. A sort of muted unearthly realness and yet piercing and pretty all the same. It’s difficult to speak of the narrators without giving anything away. However, do know this… they are terribly unreliable. Horrible things happen to and because of these three intertwined persons and twisty plotting which makes guessing what’s coming next… dreadful. You just don’t know! How could it get any worse, or weird? Oh, you’ve no idea.

What We Liked: Romance tears some people apart. Even as young adults, infatuation can easily switch to obsession and then the bad kind of need-need relationship that thrives feeding off insecurities develops. Tucholke centers her story on these human failings and in return creates a mystical, realistically magical tale that brings out all the longing of young love, desperation and want to transplant yourself into a fairytale. It’s beautiful!

What We Didn’t Like: Some people will not understand the depth of how insightful this look into humanity is because of the way these young adults behave. They’ll claim it is too adult, too risqué and that such stories will only encourage bad decision-making. Don’t we all have our moments though? Who isn’t familiar with being used, or using someone purposely or accidentally and who has not wanted to escape into a story? This novel, weirdly poetic truly speaks of the brutality of life in a way that flows kindly, carefully and calculated.

What Stood Out: Words, phrases, and the way they are put together makes this story stand out. Also, how very gothic the characters are! So very modern in its telling but I’m telling you that Wink Poppy Midnight embodies the essence of what the gothic movement meant to literature.

About the Book:
 Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Pub. Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Summary: 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 knows.
Someone is lying.

About the Author: April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and its sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn. She loves classic horror movies and coffee. She has lived in many places, including Scotland, and currently resides in Oregon with her husband Nate Pedersen.

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