I really expected more from this book. This book was a mess and it just wasn’t worth the time it took to read it to be completely honest. This book wasn’t terrible, which is why it’s got a half point above 2 stars but it was just so lacking.
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.
I feel bad for just trashing this book but I just really didn’t like it. I read it in two hours and if I hadn’t decided to sit down and finish it I highly doubt I would have ever finished it. This is the kind of book I would read 75 pages of and then put on my DNF list.
The cover is so beautiful but I hated the title once I started reading the book. I thought the book title was a hint towards the plot but no it’s just the names of the three main characters. I don’t mind books with more than one main character, for example, Six of Crows was done amazingly well but this book was a mess. There are no real chapters and you switch POV’s so often and randomly it just doesn’t work.
One of the characters, Poppy is “that” girl. Except she’s “that girl” to the max. She isn’t just mean, confident and cocky. She is vindictive, harsh, arrogant and selfish. The goal of the author for Poppy might have been to create a “villain” but it just didn’t work. This character was one that I wanted to throw out of the book and never hear from again.
This book attempts to have a good plot twist but it doesn’t really work. The character was made to be a certain way but then she magically does something completely out of character? It was just a dumb plot twist and I think that it didn’t add anything to the story.
I will say that the writing style in this book is amazing. It is whimsical and was one of the reasons I continued to read it because it kind of wraps you into a snare. I wish the writing style was enough to save this book but it just wasn’t. I haven’t read any of Tucholke’s other books but after reading the writing in this one I still might pick up Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
I don’t really think I would recommend this book to anyone because it just isn’t worth it. Maybe if you don’t have anything else to read this might be a cool pick but definitely, don’t buy it. This is a last result kind of book and as much as I hate to say it, the characters are not memorable at all.