BOOK REVIEW: A Midsummer’s Nightmare – by Kody Keplinger


Title: A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: June 5th 2012
Finished reading: June 10th 2015
Pages: 291
Rating 3

“They loved me no matter what the rest of the world thought. I couldn’t just stop being afraid, but for them, I could try.”


I have to admit I wasn’t sure whether A Midsummer’s Nightmare would be something I could enjoy. I’m not a fan of chicklit and this sounded too much like a cheesy romance novel. Still, since I was pleasantly surprised by Kody Keplinger‘s other novel The DUFF and I needed a story about parental relationships I decided to give it a go anyway. Like I suspected, there were quite a few cheesy scenes included and I really couldn’t stand the main character Whitley. She is arrogant, ignorant, cocky… And truly annoyed me. I can’t say that I agree with her lifestyle or thoughts, but I guess at least she felt ‘real’. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is easy to read and it would make a perfect beach read. It’s just not for me… Recommended to those who enjoy a good contemporary romance story with a little drama involved and don’t mind a character that is not exactly likeable.


Whitley’s parents divorced when she was younger and ever since she has been spending her summers with her dad. But the last summer before college everything changes… As her dad suddenly has a new fiancee and she has to deal with her new stepbother and sister. And even worse: the faincee’s son turns out to be Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Oops! What was supposed to be the perfect summer suddenly turned into Whitley’s worst nightmare… And she is not sure how to deal with this new situation. Will Whitley adjust to the new situation in a small town where everybody knows who she is and judges her for her actions?


A Midsummer’s Nightmare is not a bad read, but I couldn’t really enjoy it… I guess the genre it belongs to just isn’t my cup of tea. It is a fast and easy read though, and if you like contemporary romance you will probably love this read. It looks like Kody Keplinger wants her main characters to be unlikeable, but at least the story feels real that way and I guess that’s a bonus.

WWW Wednesdays #43 – June 10th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersIthedeathofdannydaggerst’s been a bit hard to go back to The Diviners by Libba Gray after reading my two read along reads, so I’ve decided to read some other books in between. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but I guess I stopped reading at the wrong point. I’m also still trying to finish The Death Of Danny Daggers by Haydn Wilks, an ARC that was sent to me by the author for review. The general story is interesting, but the use of too much swearing and difficult Scottish and Welsh dialects makes it hard to finish it fast…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

amidsummersnightmarethewitchmustburnI finished A Midsummer’s Nightmare earlier today and I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Kody Keplinger‘s other novel The DUFF. It’s too much of a chicklit to my taste and the main character Whitley is really annoying… Although you get an idea why later on in the story. I’ve also read the second prequel novella The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige, which turned out to be another disappointment… The prequel novellas just don’t live up to the actual series.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theassassinsbladetrustmeimlyingI will either read Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer, my next TBR jar pick, or finally pick up The Assassin’s Blade bySarah J. Maas for my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge. Since I now only need two titles to complete the full bingo, I might read those two first…

Teaser Tuesdays #46 – June 9th: A Midsummer’s Nightmare


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve put my current reads temporarily on hold to read A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger first. I need this one for my Bookish Bingo Spring Challenge and it looked like a quick read. I’m not sure I’m really enjoying it so far though and I’m afraid this one will turn out be a typical case of not-for-me… It feels too much like a chicklit read so far.


My teaser (37%):

“It took a minute for the words to sink in. I stared up at Nathan, anger burning away the amusement I’d felt before. Scorching the insides of my stomach and chest.”


What are you reading right now?

Friday Finds #39 – June 5th


FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. A start of a new month means new titles added to my TBR pile… This week all books I already own a copy of; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page.

My finds:

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