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.
Not understanding the title of this book.
Midsummer. I used to think that it was literally the middle of summer until I read the Percy Jackson books. Now, to my understanding, it’s somewhere around late June, and it’s also referred to as St. John’s Day or Midwinter. Times of celebrations differ with countries.
This book is sent over the entire summer, and it’s not like something spectacularly amazing happens late in the summer.
So really, this book should be called A SUMMER’S NIGHTMARE. But that doesn’t have a very nice ring to it, does it?
The name wasn’t what got to me. It was Whitley. I’ve mentioned it before than when I hate the narrator, heroine or hero of a book, it’s really hard for me to like that book simply because they’re the one telling the story. I typically get to know them the best. How they treat other people, what they do and why they do it, the readers sees all of it–especially in a first-person setting.
I can’t ignore Whitley’s growth though. There wasn’t much attitude change, but there was definitely some, and I appreciated the way she began to see how much her step-family cared about her. That was definitely something I wanted from this book, and Keplinger delivered.
And what’s up with that cover?
It’s not that I hate it. I just dislike a little bit. What I don’t like is how it doesn’t fit the story. I cannot, in any way, see that person on the cover as Whitley.
I appreciated Whitley’s problems. How she grew past them. I appreciate her growth, her friendship with Harrison, the way she began to see her family, her relationship with Trace, Nathan and Bailey. But she was the only character I truly disliked.
Now. Moving on.
Ending? Very nice. A bit predictable, but I liked it a lot. I liked the drama of this story, especially how Whitley just got deeper and deeper and then dug herself out in a realistic way. She learned a lot over her journey that I thought was great and I liked the romance theme to this book, even though it was far from my favorite. A good read, but not for me. If you like drama, you might want to try this book. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 304