Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: SPEAK, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016
Source: Personal Purchase
Welcome October! It’s the month of ghosts and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night for us here at Two BookWorms Blog. I am starting off with a story that, although it is not a hack-and-chop or monster-type story, does have deliciously dark and disturbing paranormal undertones. I will let you know right off that I finished this book in a single day.
Midnight and his father have moved to a new home. His mother has taken his brother and moved to France and left him and his father behind. Midnight’s new home is next door to the Bell family, which includes Wink and several other siblings. It is two miles from his old house which he hopes will be a good thing because it means he is also two miles away from Poppy.
Midnight is in love with Poppy (well, he’s at least very attracted to her), but Poppy doesn’t care about Midnight at all. She’s cruel and heartless, just sneaking into Midnight’s bed each night mostly to defy her parent’s image as “their little angel.” But Poppy may not be as heartless as she seems, for she is in love with Leaf Bell, Wink’s older brother. Leaf has no use for Poppy and so she sleeps with Midnight and torments and bullies all those around her, in hopes that he will at least notice her.
Now that he lives next door to Wink, Midnight becomes her friend and seems to be replacing Poppy in his heart. However, Poppy is not so very far away and this situation leads us into the mystery of the story. Who is the good guy (hero) and who is the bad guy (villain)? Who is telling the truth and who is telling the lie? It’s a truly tangled web that keeps the readers ensnared right to the end.