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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 goo
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Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Poppy
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
Sep 02, 2015 Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tijan fans
4 stars

“Anger was less painful than abandonment.”

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It's official, Kody Keplinger is awesome! I picked up this book after meeting the author and overheard her telling my friend Anna that this book was her favorite one that she's written. So of course I had to read it and see why. While I didn't love this as much as The DUFF, I can see why it would be special to her because this book packed quite a few emotional punches.

A Midsummer's Nightmare starts off with the main character Whitley waki
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Melissa (Ever So Mela)

I don't know what it is about YA Contemporary that I refuse to like. I mean if we have a conversation about it, I'll initially say I hate it. It always feel juvenile and then-I'm going to showcase the perv I am here- the lack of sex is just such a turn off, teenagers are freaking drama queens and plots feel contrived. This will always be my automatic response. But then if we dig a little deeper and start talking about Kasie West and Kody Keplinger, I see how their stories always bring something
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Giselle
Dec 27, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
After hearing so much about Kody Keplinger, I finally took the plunge and picked this one up - it will not be my last. It may be a bit formulaic, but I enjoyed the characters immensely, and Whitley's story is full of drama, attitude, and misgivings that makes it a real page turner.

Whitley's constant partying and flirting has given her quite the reputation, and her only vacation from all of this has turned out to be more of a nightmare. Whitley's problems are intense. She's the kind of character
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
*4.5 Stars*


"Ready?" Nathan asked, pulling car keys from his pocket.
"You kids have fun," Dad said from the sofa, turning a page in the novel he was reading. "Get to know each other. You're family now."
Yeah, I thought. Family who've banged each other.



Many people found themselves comparing this story to DUFF and some of Keplinger's other works. Now, while I did say, "This was so good! But I loved DUFF more," I never once felt the need to compare while I was reading. I believe each book has it's own
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Aimen
May 17, 2013 Aimen rated it it was amazing
A while ago, I was in desperate need of a book. I needed something to lift up my spirits, needed something that would make me laugh, needed something that would make me swoon. I needed all that in one book. And then it hit me. Kody Keplinger. This woman is an absolute genius! I honestly don't understand how A Midsummer's Nightmare has such low ratings. What's not to like in this book? Absolutely nothing. What's to like in this book? Well, I'll tell you.

Whitley--


This is the girl who has no family
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Laura
5 stars!!

Wow. A Midsummer's Nightmare surprised me in so many ways and I can easily say that it's my favorite Kody Keplinger book yet. I definitely expected to like it, but I didn't expect to be so hooked and so emotionally invested. I expected a fun, flirty read, but most definitely not the emotional roller coaster I got on top of that. I started it this morning and finished this evening and I think that alone speaks for itself.

Since I could remember, I'd always been a night person. My burst o
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Sadia
It's always harder to write positive reviews and even harder to write reviews for books you adore. Or it could be that it's just hard for me, I guess it's easy for me to be a sarcastic bitch but being nice? Not so much.

But.. here goes:

I loved this book.

There's something about Keplinger and her ability to create characters that aren't always very likable at first but eventually, lovable and always, realistic. The latest main character in Keplinger's novels is by far the most damaged of all three
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Ceitidh
Jun 09, 2012 Ceitidh rated it it was amazing

Read more of my reviews at Dazzling Reads


A Rich and Meaningful Read for Teenagers and Parents Alike

Kody Keplinger is one of my favorite contemporary authors since I fell in love with her first novel The Duff, which is now one of my favorite contemporary reads. Then, I really enjoyed Shut Out and I loved that it focused in very important teenage issues, yet I was still more in love with The Duff. Now, A Midsummer's Nightmare is a whole story to a whole new level. Kody Keplinger's last novel is ce
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Ariana
Dec 13, 2014 Ariana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012


Kody is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is honest and she puts on paper many things that other authors are afraid to write about. I am not saying that this is good or bad; it’s just my way of seeing things, my way of enjoying her stories. The first two novels written by Kody are on my list of favorite books and I could read them all over again. Yes, they had their flaws, but their hotness didn’t go unnoticed by me.

This one though was not so hot. I am not saying that it is not a good boo
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Warning, this book may have: swearing, slut-shaming, under-age drinking etc.

Meh.. This main character is way too whiny and selfish for me. Sure she gets it from both her parents who are insanely immature, but once she's with the Caulfields she starts to realize how wrong she was. Even though she was at her worst and things happened to her so quickly, it had to do with her Daddy Issues, I still couldn't like anything about her. Even if she redeemed herself in the end. I think she was just too se
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Rachael
Jan 15, 2012 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Life pretty much sucks for Whitley Johnson, and it has for a very long time. All she’s hoping for is a nice summer with her dad before she goes away for college. But then she meets her dad’s new fiancé and her two kids, one of which was Whitley’s graduation one-night stand, and she realizes that a good summer might have been too much to ask for. Whitley doesn’t even begin to fit in with her dad’s picture perfect soon-to-be family, and just the thought of having to deal with the awkwardness with ...more
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
At first I was a little unsure about this book but ended up loving it just like The Duff and Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. Whitley had such a bad attitude and at first thought she was a spoilt little brat but then you see why she is like that. I also thought her father was a horrible man, after Whitley asked to see a Sci-fi movie with him then getting rejected he organised to see it with his soon to be stepson Nathan. That made me so angry and the lake of interest he took in Whitley was so sad. ...more
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
A Midsummer's Night Dream is my favorite Shakespeare story. When I saw the title for this book, I was immediately intrigued even before I even saw the book cover (shocking right?) or read the synopsis. Thankfully, the book cover was absolutely gorgeous and perfect for that summer story and the synopsis only left me craving more!

After constantly fighting, her parents end up divorcing when Whitley is young. Her brother moves far away and starts his own family and her mother moves her and Whitley f
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Nafiza
Dec 13, 2013 Nafiza rated it liked it
I haven't read Keplinger's sophomore novel but I did like her debut despite the excessive sexytimes in it (though one questions whether there can be such a thing as excessive sexytimes, but this is not the proper place to have that discussion). This novel is being touted as the female version of Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye with Whitley playing the counterpart to the obnoxious Holden Caulfield. I read Catcher in the Rye a very long time ago and I wasn't too impressed with it so perhaps that ...more
Eunice
3.75 stars

What's so good about Kody Keplinger's writing was that even though they could be pretty formulaic she always managed to write something very authentic and realistic - the characters and the issues around them - in a thorough but really refreshing way. And in A Midsummer's Nightmare she really did a great job nailing those issues - family and teenage issues - and voicing the character that was having them. It was really relatable and very insightful.

Whitely's characters wasn't something
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Whitley was being obnoxious from the start. We meet her day after her graduation party. She had sex with some random dude. She kept on complaining how her mother bitches all the time,then she is complaining about her father,his new house,her future stepmom and her kids. Surprise-surprise: the guy she slept with is her new stepbrother. They kiss a few time after a heating argument,the usual. I don't like this sort of people. Why are they always complaining about stuff. Learn to adjust to certain ...more
oliviasbooks
*** Read first on June 24th and 25th 2013, Re-read on August 07th and 8th 2014 without shedding tears (probably because I knew what to expect in the parents department). ***

Whitley Johnson is definitely not me, nor have I ever been her. I used to feel out of place at most High School parties I attended, when all my friends were drunk and sprouting nonsensical things, while I mentally steeled myself to dodge puke fountains left and right. And although I more or less hated her most of our teenage
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Kennia Belikov
Sep 07, 2015 Kennia Belikov rated it liked it
I read this in one sitting in a few hours. I've never read a book this fast. This was such a cute book. I really enjoyed it!
Kaede
Jul 10, 2012 Kaede rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
"But as the clock ticked the hours past and Dad still didn't come up the stairs to see me, I really wished that I didn't know the truth."

You've read The DUFF, you've read Shut Out, now it's time for A Midsummer's Nightmare to take the stage! (Wow, that sounded lame.)

I absolutely adored this book. It was up there with Kody Keplinger's debut, and excels the level of Shut Out. I loved everything.

But I half expected to be disappointed with A Midsummer's Nightmare, just as I sort of was with Shut
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Kelly
Jul 05, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
3.5

Since her parents divorced years ago, Whitley's always spent summers with her father in his great condo. But this year's different: he's no longer living the bachelor life. He's settled down with a new woman and two kids she brought from her previous marriage. One of them just happens to be Nathan, the boy she found herself in bed with just a couple weeks earlier.

Whitley's not an easy character to like at all, but her situation is pretty crummy, so it's easy to understand why she behaves the
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Cait (Paper Fury)
This book makes me so freaking angry . I am just...omg, give me a minute. I need to rage.



I really loved The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, so I'm sad this one just rubbed me up the wrong way. What really makes me mad though is how every time someone did something mean or cruel to Whitley and she got angry...SHE had to apologise. ALWAYS. When people are cruel to you, um, yes, I think it's okay to be angry and hurt. It made me so made that Whitley was always in the wrong here. I wanted to s
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Anacrasia
The book deals with teen issues,insecurity and the need for love by a teen aged girl whose parents are divorced.I honestly did cry with Whitley a few times while reading the book.Now, this will surely make you ask- why such a low rating?

I had some major problems with the conclusion and quite a few other things.


What I wanted to say to Whitley:
Your mother should get over herself already because divorce took place 6 years ago!Well, try putting yourself in her shoes...You are married with a guy for
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Keertana
Jun 07, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Kody Keplinger is not the type of author who can be credited with originality. All her novels contain the same undercurrent of formulaic writing; however, there is something to be said of an author who manages to write an overblown story in a refreshing new manner. A Midsummer's Nightmare is no exception to Keplinger's usual style and genre of fiction, yet, I found myself marveling and how much she has grown as an author and how much tighter this plot felt than her previous w
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Elena
Jun 30, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book song: Cruel Summer, by Bananarama. (I don't know why. Whitley mentioned it and it got stuck in my head)



So.. how to express A Midsummer's Nightmare?
Okay, believe it or not, it was totally unexpected.

First of all, Whitley.
I thought she would be a snob. I thought she would be something like a rich daddy's little girl, who dresses following the current fashion and only cares about partying and being the center of attention.
Instead I got kind of that, but at the same time she was totally differe
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Courtney Allison Moulton
Oct 18, 2011 Courtney Allison Moulton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Awesome book. The version I read was an early draft, so my review will come later =)
Petra Sýkorová
Jun 03, 2012 Petra Sýkorová rated it it was amazing
Na knihu jsem se obrovsky těšila a zároveň se jí i tak trochu obávala. Kody jsem si jako spisovatelku zamilovala hned při úžasném debutu The DUFF. Právě si u mě získal první příčku v žánru dívčích románů. Její druhá kniha, Shut Out, byla stejně skvělá, přesto jsem u ní nepociťovala totéž, jako u The DUFF. Přece jenom byla pojatá trochu jinak a i hlavní hrdinka byla jinačího rázu. Ovšem i tak jede Kody ve stále stejné úrovni kvality. A pak přišlo A Midsummer's Nightmare a...

Whitley se ráno probou
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Amanda
Jun 05, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I seriously LOVE anything Kody Keplinger writes because its amazing! A Midsummer`s Nightmare was fantastic!! When I got this to review I was jumping up and down because I loved The DUFF, and Shut Out. Kody's writing style is addicting, that I went through this book in two days and it was full of bliss and love! Whitley is a really developed character that goes through so many changes in a course of the summer. This is the perfect summer read! I love all the drama that Keplinger creates in her ...more
~Tina~
Jul 19, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Kody Keplinger is rapidly becoming one of my must read authors. I loved her other books The Duff and Shut Out, so I couldn't wait to get a hold of her latest book, A Midsummer's Nightmare!
This story proves to provide the perfect amount of drama, angst and emotional entertainment great for a lazy warm summers day.

The morning after a grad party, Whitley wakes in a bed, hungover and next to a guy she can't even recall his name. But it does't matter, she's off to college in the fall and is on her w
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Andrea
Sep 23, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Here's a first: I'm almost speechless. Not because I didn't like the book (I loved it). Not because I have nothing to say (you know me better than that). I'm struggling because I have so much to say. A Midsummer's Nightmare struck such a nerve with me, and I have a lot of feelings about the themes. Apparently.

So first off, let me start with Whitley. This girl, she's not easy to love. At all. I spent the first half of the book wanting to smack the crap out of her. She's rude, abrasive, swears so
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Ezmirelda
Why Kody’s writing makes my inside hurt (in a good way)...


Upon hearing that Kody Keplinger was publishing another novel I was jumping with excitement and eagerly anticipating its release. What I love about Kody’s writing is how raw it is. How the characters emotions quickly become your own. How she doesn’t shy away from touchy subjects and writes in such detail that once you’re in you’re not coming back out, at least not for a long while. In one sitting I finished this book, completely engrossed
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“Graduation night was my last party,' he said. 'Or at least my last drink. After that night, I decided I was done with all of it.'
'Why? What changed?'
A sly grin crept across Nathan's face. 'I got really, really wasted graduation night, and when I woke up, some sassy, sexy vixen had stolen my virginity.”
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