Wink Poppy Midnight- Book Review
Title: Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
This book had a lot of promise, before I started reading it. It seemed like it would be good, it had good reviews, lots of people like it. For me, it just didn’t quite get there.
It was whimsical and dark, but lacked any real plot, and the characters felt like archetypes, not people.
It was a story based on a premise- every story needs a villain, a hero, and a secret. The question is, who is the villain, who is the hero, and what is the secret? It’s an interesting premise, and- if executed well- would have made a great read. It just wasn’t executed all that well.
I can’t really say too much on the actual plot because (1) spoilers and (2) there wasn’t that much of an actual plot.
Wink is the quirky girl from the quirky family, who lives with her mom (a fortune teller) and her younger siblings. Feel familiar yet? Wink herself is airy and strange, unaffected by bullies and basically anything outside of the dream world she (apparently) lives in.
Poppy is the classic high school queen bee. Blonde, beautiful, cruel and spoiled. She is used to getting her way, and doesn’t like to be challenged. So we have the classic queen bee, the unique manic pixie dream girl, so who are we missing? Ah yes, the boy stuck between them.
Midnight, who is apparently handsome (but not too bright) was in love with Poppy, who didn’t really care about him. He got tired of being used, and at the same time, his father decided to move right next to Wink’s family. Midnight is instantly intrigued by this strange girl (who is the opposite of the psychopath he was dating before, right?).
Honestly, the most interesting relationship in this book was between Poppy and Wink. I felt like Midnight was an unnecessary addition, as was the romance. There were so many missed opportunities in this book. And a lot of pointless plot twists. The kiss between Poppy and Wink? That was interesting. All of the twists involving those two felt like missed opportunities to develop these characters more. Instead, the book ended the same place that it started.
The whimsical (flowery, purple, etc) writing really distracts from the lack of a coherent plot, and the flat characters took you out of the story. The author could have done so much more, because there was really potential in this book. Poppy especially really intrigued me as a character. I finished the book feeling disappointed and vaguely annoyed.
If whimsical writing is your thing, go for this book. If coherent plot and in depth characters is more your style, I wouldn’t get too excited, because this book lacks both.