C.H.B. Reviews: “Wink, Poppy, Midnight” By April Genvieve Tucholke

C.H.B. Reviews: “Wink, Poppy, Midnight” By April Genvieve Tucholke

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Available at: Amazon; Goodreads; Barnes & Noble

This story begins in not your average YA novel sort of way or written in the normal fashion for that matter. The story is written from the perspectives of three characters: Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. It begins after main characters, Poppy and Midnight, are finished “making love” in Midnight’s room. I placed quotes on there because when the love is only one sided, it’s not a full love as we see as the book moves along. Oh, did I neglect to mention these were teenagers. TEENAGERS! And Midnight’s father is in the house too. How could the father not hear this? I will tell you, the parents are pretty much non-existent in this book.

I must come clean, have a love-hate relationship with this story. The imagery is tremendous yet has a mystical flair to it, Wink reminds you of an old librarian reincarnated into a teenager’s body,and the mystery style leaves you questioning all actions at every turn. However, I hate the fact you are left with questions at the end of the novel and even as you read it, you receive more questions than answers.

I felt like I was on this merry-go-round sent at warp speed with the ending sending me flying through the air and landing on my butt. Was it a wise decision to ride it? Obviously not. Did I learn my lesson? Maybe so, but I wondered in the why I gave in and rode the ride anyway despite the possible pain later.

Goodreads Description:

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.”

First off, Midnight is a tool. I’m not going to mince words. He’s completely worthless as far as I’m concerned. He’s a pawn in two little girl games and he’s too dull to notice what’s happening to him till it’s too late. And even then, he never develops as a character. Half of the story, he keeps comparing Poppy, his childhood crush, to Wink, his new-crazy neighbor. When he’s not comparing the two girls, he’s comparing himself and attempts to act like his half-brother Alabama. The guy has zero identity, whatsoever!

Even so, we have Poppy, a spoiled brat who always gets what she wants. That is, until she is rejected by Wink’s older brother and this makes Poppy “fall” for him. You know the old cliché where the one person the supposed bully can’t have has to become their obsession or the other character who leaves them then the bully suddenly realizes how much they meant to them. The brother fulfills the first cliché and Midnight, the second. Anytime I read from Poppy’s perspective, I rolled my eyes due to the fact she’s the girl who is starved for attention because she can. She does everything she does…because she can!

Wink is this sheltered kid from a family who believes in tarot, magic, and the expansive universe of books. Wink lives in books and she leads her own life like a storyteller, weaving her personal story by deeming who is the “hero”, “wolf/villain”, and “victim”. She comes across as this innocent girl; however, you can’t help but question her moves from the middle-onward in the book.

The whole book is this big ball of “What just happened?” Also, what time is this story located in? We assume these three are teenagers, but Wink comes across to me as a twelve year old and my mind began to think how wrong it is for her and Midnight do be together.

It had potential. Had. But I’m not into how it all turned out nor impressed by any of the characters by the time it’s over. Read at your own risk….

My Rating: 5 out of 10 Book Charms

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

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