A Midsummer’s Nightmare — Kody Keplinger


2.5/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

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I am a neglectful blogger.

WOW. I haven’t posted anything here since August?!

I’ve been reading, of course, and I’ve been sporadically posting reviews of those books on Goodreads, but obviously I haven’t been putting them on here. Let’s just pretend school is to blame and not the fact that I am massively horrible at keeping up with anything ever.


Living Dead Girl — Elizabeth Scott

I finished reading this one Tuesday morning and had a vaguely unsettled feeling all day.

This book deals with a horrifying topic–the kidnapping, rape, and subjugation of a girl three days shy of her tenth birthday–in a non-exploitative and minimally graphic way. It deserves five stars for that.

This book is well-written, if a bit heavy on the “once upon a time” device. It deserves five stars for that.

And from the standpoint a psychological study, this book definitely deserves five stars.

But I give it 3/5 stars.

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