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Review: Wink Poppy Midnight – April Genevieve Tucholke


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Dial Books, March 2016

Links: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars


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 knows.
Someone is lying.


*Thank you to Penguin for sending me and the girls at Bibliophile Academy early copies of this book to prepare for our April read-along!!*

Wink Poppy Midnight is a mystery young adult book. This is definitely not a genre I touch often, the only other one I can think off the top of my head that I’ve read in this genre was We Were Liars (which I personally didn’t like). So, it was definitely a compelling and apprehensive reading experience for me.

The concept of Wink Poppy Midnight is very unique. It is told from 3 characters’ perspective: Wink, Poppy & Midnight. All we are told is there is a hero, a villain, and a secret. This is a question we have to consider throughout reading experience.

I will not go into details about the plot to avoid spoilers. This book is a mystery, so of course I was trying to guess what the true story was the whole time. Let me tell you, I guessed at least 5 different possibilities, I wasn’t right in any aspects. It was very surprising to me that I could not even guess what the ending of the book would be like.

However, the writing style was very engaging. The author writes in an almost-lyrical style. It is very interesting, especially if you spend some time thinking about the phrasing and word choice.

Honestly, this is kind of one of the books I have read, but wouldn’t be able to re-explain it to you. It’s just something you have to experience for yourself.

Although I am not 100% familiar with this genre, I do feel like it was a very good book, uniquely written. I do encourage to get yourself a copy of this book and give it a try if the synopsis interests you!


5 thoughts on “Review: Wink Poppy Midnight – April Genevieve Tucholke

  1. Wow, I love that cover.

    Can I ask, is it a love triangle? I read the words boy caught between them and shudder with dread, but it sounds otherwise interesting. (If it’s hard to answer without spoilers, then telling if it plays with that dynamic a lot will tell me whether to run the other direction without giving away the ending.)


  2. Your review of this book is exactly how I felt about it when I finished. I never guessed the true story, despite having many different ideas, and I agree that you can’t really explain it to someone else. They just have to read it. Well done!


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