My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 22nd 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Psychological, Love Triangle
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.
People aren’t just one thing. They never, ever are.
Thing is… we already know this, so we really, really, don’t need this book to prove it to us.
There is a villain.
There is a hero.
There is a liar.
And this book wants you to figure out who is who. But if you refer to the quote above, you realize that there’s no need to do that, since there is no point in labelling the characters – after all, no one is who they seem to be.
Reading this book felt like a waste of time.
We have the most-handsome-guy-in-school dating the sexiest-and-meanest-girl-in-school, but the most-handsome-guy-in-school is tired of being treated like crap so he turns his attention to the-sweet-girl-next-door and thus starts a love triangle.
Then, as you can imagine, there’s jealousy, conspiracy and even cheating.
I know we’re supposed to hate sexiest-and-meanest-girl-in-school aka Poppy, but there’s hating and then there’s despising.
I seriously wanted to throw her out of the book with my bare hands. But then I remembered that I’m not a violent person, so I dropped the idea.
Why is everyone around me so undeniably dumb? I want to like people, I do, actually, but they’re all just so dumb.
That’s Poppy you just heard. Every time I hear a character think like that, I lose a fragment of my fate in humanity.
I tried to like the characters, but they’re all so unreliable that I just stopped bothering after a while. You can’t trust them. It’s not only that they’re flawed – they’re also calculating and, frankly, up to no good.
Sometimes the only way to fight evil is with evil.
If you wholeheartedly agree with this quote, there’s a nano chance that you might enjoy this. The question is… are you willing to take that microscopic chance?
What a let down.
PS. I’m feeling somewhat generous, so I’m just going to promote Poppy’s character a little more:
I looked like an angel, cherub lips and blushing cheeks and elegant bones and blond halo hair. Everyone loved me and I loved myself and I got my way and did what I wanted and I still left people feeling like they were lucky to know me.
FYI, I don’t love you.