I’m really trying to tackle my tbr in the last couple of months of 2019. Start 2020 off on a fresher note, right? I thought Wink Poppy Midnight was on my tbr so I checked it out from the library, only to go home, go to Goodreads, and see it wasn’t on there. 😱
Still, it sounded interesting enough and I loved April Genevive Tucholke’s The Boneless Mercies so I figured I’d still read it.
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 is lying.
This book just doesn’t do it for me.
I didn’t connect to the characters at all, the writing style didn’t catch my attention, and the plot was nonexistent until halfway through the book.
I only gave this 2 stars because a) I loved The Boneless Mercies and didn’t want to give Tucholke that low of a rating, and b) Once the plot picked up I actually was kind of interested what was going on.
Wink, Poppy, and Midnight are unlike any characters I’ve come across, and not in a good way. They’re just so eclectic, whimsical, and odd, as are the side characters. They never felt like real people to me, so I was never able to relate to them and thus felt no emotions toward what they were going through. They felt so dull and I kept expecting them to start acting like real people but they never did.
Because the characters were so weird and I wasn’t caring about them, I found it hard to care about the conflicts they were dealing with. Like I said before, nothing happened the first half of the book (unless you count Midnight mentally waxing poetic about Poppy and Wink, which I don’t). Even when The Thing happened in the middle of the book, I just didn’t care. That was honestly the only major conflict or plot point throughout the book.
The writing style is unique, I’ll give you that. Unfortunately, it wasn’t something that worked for me personally. I don’t like things to be so metaphorical and fairy-like. I’m sorry but that’s the only way I can describe some of this writing. I honestly rolled my eyes at some of the passages because they felt so unnatural. The writing especially didn’t work when there was dialogue. Nobody says things like,
“Sometimes I think there must be a hole in your heart . . . one that hurts and makes you roar like an animal with its leg in a trap. Is that it, Poppy? Is that why?”
Doesn’t that just sound weird?
If this book did anything for me it was teach me that I really don’t like books that focus more on the writing rather than the story itself. Thankfully it was a really fast read with POV changes and short chapters because I don’t think I would have made it through it otherwise.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone unless I was 100% sure they would like the writing style. One reviewer said it’s similar to We Were Liars and The Accident Season, so if you enjoyed those you might want to give Wink Poppy Midnight a shot.
I can see why some might really enjoy it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Have you read Wink Poppy Midnight? What did you think about it?