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A Midsummer's Nightmare

(Hamilton High #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  19,865 ratings  ·  1,386 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
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Poppy
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
May 29, 2015 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 w
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
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*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
May 12, 2013 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.


This is the girl who has no family
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
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
Hamilton has got to be my favorite High School to read about. Technically it wasn´t set at a high school since it was summer break but still. I absolutely adored this book.
Jan 05, 2012 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
Feb 25, 2011 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
I decided to read A Midsummer's Nightmare with nothing in my mind except for easing myself from Laini Taylor's fantasy world. So, any book that wasn't a fantasy would do.

Needless to say, I just got incredibly lucky that A Midsummer's Nightmare turned out to be better than I expected.

The story started with a crazy one night stand between Whitley and Nathan. I knew it was just another cliche romance, right? Well, wrong ... It was much more than that. It was a story about family and friendship with
Jan 15, 2012 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
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
Chelsey Connor
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. bu ...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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it

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
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
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
Re-read in 2014 without shedding tears (probably because I knew what to expect in the parents department):

2013: 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 years, I worried myself to pieces when my sister partied in
Apr 22, 2014 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! ...more
Feb 21, 2012 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
Mar 22, 2012 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
Mar 16, 2012 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
Jun 23, 2012 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

Kind of disappointed with my first book of 2018. Then again, it could've been much worse - at least it wasn't 1-star...but, still.

What is there to say about this book? The main character, Whitley, was annoying and rude nearly the entire time - but, it was refreshing in a way (you're probably like, what?). Most characters nowadays are too nice and considerate, and I feel like it's always risky for an author to make her main character dislikable. So, props to you Kody Keplinger! 'Cause I learne
Courtney Allison Moulton
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Awesome book. The version I read was an early draft, so my review will come later =)
Oct 03, 2011 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 bo ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Kayla Charisse
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
[2.5 stars] I appreciate the way family issues were presented in this story, but it doesn’t distract from the fact I couldn’t stand the main character most of the time—however, this was a quick, fun read and completing it made me reach my Goodreads goal yassssss.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely fine, and parts were enjoyable, but I definitely would have enjoyed it more before I became a more “seasoned” YA reader. It was very, very predictable.
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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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