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    Disturbing Teenagers: a Case Study?

    Tucholke's story, Wink Poppy Midnight, is about a disturbed group of teenagers participating in disturbed behavior. The writing makes you want to read more because it reads like one would expect current teens to talk. However, the disturbed thinking of this group of teenagers makes you want to stop. In fact, I was asking myself "why am I reading this?" before the end of the first sentence. I would highly recommend this for those working on their Master's degree in Counseling or Psychology when they need to write an analysis on (& diagnose) book characters. However, any other reason to read this book would be inadvisable (unless you want to believe the absolute worst in people). My opinion is solely my own, but I do want to thank Goodreads, Penguin Teen, and April Genevieve Tucholke for a copy of the book. Even though I didn't like it, I do recommend it for people in the Professional Counseling field as an easy case study.
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    Boring at times

    I hate to say that I am a little bit disappointed with this book. That doesn't mean that this was a bad book. Not at all. It just wasn't what I had hoped it would be. I had really high hopes for this book and bumped it to the front of my TBR pile so it is really quite possible that some of my disappointment is simply a result of unrealistic expectations. This story is told from three point of views. Wink is one of the Bell children. She is a sweet girl with curly red hair who lives across the street from Midnight. Midnight is a genuinely nice boy who has just moved into a crooked little house across the street from Wink with his father. Poppy is a bully who likes to push people around and manipulate Midnight every chance she gets. I did like the way the story was laid with with quick chapters told from the perspectives of the three main characters. The story really felt like a fairy tale in a lot of ways. The voices of the characters were very distinctive as well as interesting. I wouldn't really say that I grew to like any of them though. There was just no connection for me. Of course, I am an old lady that barely remembers what it was like to be a teenager anymore. I knew going into the book that there would be a secret and someone in the story might be lying from reading the description. It is even on the cover of the book. I guess I was hoping for some kind of epic event to happen but in the end I was never very excited about anything that actually happened in the book. I would even say that I was a bit bored at times. I do think that a lot of people will probably enjoy this book. It just didn't work for me. This is the first book by April Genevieve Tucholke and I would be very interested in trying one of her other novels since there were aspects of her writing style that I did enjoy. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Dial Books via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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    Great until the end...

    view all 4 status updates Review A very quick and interesting read told from the perspective of three characters in short chapters. I enjoyed the swapping of voices often. I can't say much without giving anything away but I don't think it's a mystery to anyone that this book has a twist. If you don't want no spoilers of this book then please stop reading here and know that I give this 2 1/2, maybe 3 stars overall. I cannot review this book without acknowledging there is a twist and my feelings towards it. The first 80% of this book was excellent in my opinion. It was intriguing and seemed to be headed in a direction I was really excited about. It was easily a five star book up until one point. But then everything changes. And while the story doesn't fall apart and may be considered quite clever I found myself disappointed. I wanted the story I had seen in the minds of the characters. I wanted what had been said and done and appeared to be happening to be true. I do love the archetypes discussed. Turlichoke does an excellent job from the beginning of reminding us that not everyone is just a hero, villain, thief, etc. I believe this to be very true in real life. No one person ever fits a category or archetype 100% in real life. At the end of the day the twist was too far for me. Maybe I needed some subtle foreshadowing (as I felt there was almost none until very late in the book) or maybe I was just too close to one character and felt a connection with them I shouldn't have which led my expectations in one direction that was very, very incorrect. I'm just not sure. While this is not a book I'd read again, unless it was for a major analysis or book club; I do think given its short, clever writing it's worth reading for those who have any amount of interest spiked by the blurb. The book is written very well and has lots of great references and comparisons. It just wasn't quite right for me. Sidenote: If you're wondering if I was expecting a happily ever after story then you'd be wrong. One of my favourite movies is Joss Whedon's 'Cabin in the Woods'. I hate horror movies usually but the killer twist ending is one of the best ever. I also have a tendency to love anti-heroes and villains (hence my huge obsession with Harley Quinn). So I don't think it was any expectation of happy ending or not. I think it was a connection I had to a character that had me assuming they would act one way. Boy was I wrong!
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