Editor’s Pick: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Editor’s Pick: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve TucholkeWink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Dial Books on March 22, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 247
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four-stars

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.

On principle, I would normally not like a book whose main characters have such twee names: Wink, Poppy, Midnight. But this book forced me to like it. I couldn’t help it anymore than Midnight could help his love for the Cathy Ames-like Poppy. The forceful, distinct writing, with three narrators whose voices were bell clear, whose points of view were blinding, and whose strength of feeling were undeniable, sucked me in like a child to the prohibited.

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a story of heroes, villains, secrets, mythos, courage, and fear. A story that goes whipping, twisting along at breakneck speed until you’ve got whiplash. I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to give any of it away. Read it, you won’t be sorry. And if you do and want to chat, reach out to me! It’s a humdinger that I’d love to dissect WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT with other readers: @writingnutt

four-stars

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