Review: Wink Poppy Midnight |April Genevieve Tucholke


WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT | April Genevieve Tucholke


Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Dial Books

Publication Date: March 22, 2016


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 knows.
Someone is lying.”

Review 3.1

I ran across this book in a used bookstore. With such a beautiful cover and a heinously low price, who could resist? But this decision proved to me that, sometimes, it might help to check up on some books before you buy because even if you spend less than $5 dollars on a book, you can still feel like you’ve been cheated. That’s not to say I felt CHEATED after buying this book, I just felt fairly….disappointed.

Wink, Poppy, Midnight was one of those contemporary books that relied a bit too much on the concept of edginess rather than having actually applied the concept of edginess. For me, it felt as if the author tried a bit too hard to deliver the story poetically. The three narratives of the MCs tie together nicely in some places but not always. The quirkiness of all the characters feels far too unnatural to be believable. And it doesn’t help that the characters seem hollow and are, arguably, very unlikable. One feels very reactive, not proactive in his role (Midnight), the other felt like a ghost and not all there (Wink), and the last felt drowned in her own storyline (Poppy).

It’s an odd book. There’s some beautiful imagery here and there and some moments felt truly impactful, however, the author’s potency in message and character couldn’t carry all the way through. The lackluster poetic delivery (excessive repetition does not make for a very interesting poem) only suctioned away from the magical essence of the text.

I wouldn’t read this book again, but I wouldn’t necessarily warn anyone away from it either. I’m convinced that this book just wasn’t for me. But it might appeal to some other readers who don’t mind symbolic characters, a bit of purple prose, and some enigmatic content.


3 stars (new)

8 thoughts on “Review: Wink Poppy Midnight |April Genevieve Tucholke

  1. You know what, I felt the same way when I read a short story of hers in an anthology… Trying too much, lots of telling rather than showing, various attempts at edginess and whimsical, and it just wasn’t worth the hype.
    That cover though – WOW. I would have thrown my 5 quid at the clerk’s face for it (not really but… you know what I mean xD) and ran away with it.
    I might give it a go if I have nothing else to read (HA! fat chance of that happening) but otherwise will keep in mind that my vain self should just stay still and not engage in any more risky behaviour.
    I’m sorry you didn’t love it more but I’m sure your next read will be much better 🙂 Lovely review, hon!

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    1. Aw thanks so much Sophie! ❤ Hm, it sounds like she may not be the author for me, especially if her other works are similar to this book. But the cover though…I refuse to even give it back to the store because it's so pretty. It will forever remain on my shelf now XD
      Thank you! I hope so too! Especially since I plan to reread books 5 and 6 of TMI. It's been a while but I'll always be happy reading about Shadowhunters lol.

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  2. Though this book is beautiful, I too did not love it as much as I wanted to. I gave it a 3-star rating. I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator told the story poetically and beautifully, but the actual plot fell a little flat for me. And the “twist” was a bit expected. I’m still on the hunt for a beautiful, poetic, dark story. Sigh.

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    1. Oh the audiobook sounds nice, but if that couldn’t cover up the actual plot flaws, then nothing will lol. Have you tried We Were Liars. That one’s got a bit of a poetic flow to it!

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