The intrigue of The Raven Boys and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.
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.
For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Virgin Suicides, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s so much to love in April Genevieve Tucholke’s mysterious young adult novel, which deals with teenage infatuation in all its destructive and creative glory. With elements of fairy tales and ghost stories woven throughout, Wink Poppy Midnight is named for the three young protagonists locked in a spooky love triangle. It’s a fast read sprinkled with fairy dust and haunting insight into the confusion, melancholy, and unshakable magic of the high school years.
Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) rapidly alternates among the perspectives of teenagers Wink, Poppy, and Midnight in a dark, unpredictable mystery that subverts literary conventions like the hero's journey while shimmering with sumptuous descriptions and complicated psychologies. Midnight both loves and is infuriated by classmate Poppy, who seemingly lives to manipulate others for attention. In an attempt to get over Poppy, Midnight takes up with Wink, the odd, outsidery girl from across the street, who is surrounded by siblings and whose mother reads tarot cards and tea leaves for neighbors. Poppy and her entourage often congregate near a decrepit mansion in the forest, though they're all slightly afraid that it's haunted; the book turns on a fateful night when Poppy conspires to lock Wink in the house overnight. Poppy's jealousy and Wink's obsession with a heroic fantasy novel bring additional hints of intrigue to the plot, while occult accouterments, descriptions of the wild landscape, and a twisting-turning plot create an uncertain atmosphere that constantly shift readers' perceptions of who is trustworthy. Ages 14 up.