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A Midsummer's Nightmare

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  8,749 ratings  ·  803 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Poppy
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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...more
Aimen *Vampire Bookworm*
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.


This is the girl who has no family...more
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...more
Natalia Ceitidh

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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...more
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
Jul 04, 2012 Ariana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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

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...more
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...more
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 nonsensial 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 years, I worried myself to pieces when my sister partied in one of the bars in the neighboring village and stayed over at places of friends of whom I hadn't heard before.

Amanda Pedulla
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 bo...more
"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...more
Courtney Moulton
Awesome book. The version I read was an early draft, so my review will come later =)
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...more
Petra Sýkorová
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Guys, I am such a Kody Keplinger fangirl. I loved The DUFF and I loved Shut Out, and here she is with A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and I think I love it the most! Which is really saying something.

What I love most about A Midsummer’s Nightmare is how honest Kody Keplinger is. She doesn’t shy away from drinking or sex or anything else teenagers do, because it’s so real. I mean, I’m not saying I approved with Whitley’s choices, because da...more
Steph Su
After a (subjective) stumble with Shut Out, Kody Keplinger and her relatable, snappy, and thoroughly modern characters are back on track with the impressive A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE, a short but fulfilling book full of the swift pace and dialogue, realistic emotions, and charged moments that made readers fans of her writing in the first place.

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE has a premise that could be the stuff of soap operas: hooking up with your soon-to-be stepbrother?? Gasp!! But Kody Keplinger pulls...more
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...more
Claire Legrand
I LOVED this book! In fact, I loved it so much that I read it in a day. I just couldn't put it down! As the child of divorced parents, I could relate so deeply to Whitley's anger, frustration, and sorrow, and the conflict she felt when struggling to accept her stepmother and stepsiblings. Her emotions and reactions all felt so genuine and spot-on. This book reads FAST and is bursting with both humor and heart. Another home run for Kody Keplinger!
Kody Keplinger's writing is always smart, witty, and a spot-on teen voice. When it comes to reliable and relatable teen angst, Keplinger is the best! Her newest book, about a teen adjusting to a brand-new step-family (including a stepbrother she has a "history" with), is fun, snarky, and true. A great crossover book!
Apr 14, 2012 Eden marked it as to-read
Eep. This is the most atrocious cover. Doesn't the title font look ridiculously amateur? :/ And they used CENTURY GOTHIC for the author name. *headdesk* *headdesk*
Zemira 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
I am Mrs. Emerson
Whitely has always been looking forward to spend some time with her dad during the summer.
What she wasn’t expecting though was her dad introducing her to his fiancée and her future step siblings.
To make matters worse, his new step brother was the same guy she had a very very intimate time with after their graduation party. (Talk about awkward right?)
Whitley was angry, frustrated and felt completely alone.
The perfect summer plan that she has with her dad turned out to be one hell of a nightmare o
Whitley is such an awesome character. She is struggling through a lot just because of her family. Her family is just a mess with her mom not getting over the divorce, her father hours away, and her older brother completely busy with his new family on the other side of the country. To pass time, she parties and drinks all the time and since her mother doesn't care, she can get away with a lot. But now her father wants this new cute little family and it doesn't look like Whitley can fit in. Plus,...more
I love Kody Keplinger. #FACT.

I love her not only because she's one of the SWEETEST authors EVER (She allowed me to bombard her with fangirl love a couple of weeks ago at an author event) , but because she's not afraid to take risks and write the sort of books that other YA authors would shy away from. You know...the kind that bring up real teenage issues. Like...well...sex.

With A Midsummer's Nightmare, Keplinger wastes absolutely NO time in getting things started. We begin with a questionable ho...more
I loved this and I knew form the start Nathan and Whitley were meant for EACHOTHER.

He was so drool-worthying HOT, and also sweet, cute and genuine. He was not arrogant or cocky just caring and loveable. Bailey was adorable too. I'm glad the ending went down the way it did.

I love teenage drama but not the stupid kind the genuine kind that is relatable and in line with reality.

Whistleys act out behaviour was understandable considering her upbringing. And her mom did my head in to be fair, Greg...more
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I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. For more info, check out my website.
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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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