Book Review:: Wink Poppy Midnight – April Genevieve Tucholke

Date started: April 9, 2016

Date ended: April 12, 2016 

Stars: ★★★★

APRIL PICK FOR THE ROYALS BOOKCLUB

Wow. Just wow. After going through a traumatic experience to get this book – a story that deals with an innocent purchase online, a corrupt book organization blaming the postal service, and a lost item finally, retrieved – it was all worth it for Wink Poppy Midnight. This book was simply magic in the reader’s hands. There was mystery, romance, betrayal, turmoil, and resolution. Yes, all that wrapped up into 247 pages.

I started this book on Friday during a family vacation and immediately was hooked. I stayed up into the wee hours of the nights until my eyes couldn’t stay open anymore. I fancied myself, Sherlock Holmes, because, from the very start, the book asks us: A hero. A villain. A liar. Who’s who? I personally love mysteries, so I was up for a challenge. Liz had warned me that I would come up with thousands of theories but they would probably all be wrong. I wasn’t but with failure in between.

I think Wink Poppy Midnight teaches a very valuable lesson to people of all ages, not just young readers. I think the point of the book is that we can’t just categorize people into one stereotype because there are many different aspects to every person. No one is just a hero. No one is just a villain or a liar. There is a dark side in each of us, but also a light, it is up to us to decide what our fate will be.

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I also think Tucholke teaches another lesson. That the future is not set in stone. A doctor may tell us we have 3 months to live, yet, that person lives to be 100. One of the main characters is told that they will die young, but they did not despair, they created the most out of what they had. That’s what each of us needed to do. Yes, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but we need to remember to LIVE. I think these two lessons were neatly tied into the framework of the story, they were not forced, but the reader comes to reflect on this, after shutting the cover for the final time.

All three characters are the narrators of our story. Each has a completely unique and engaging voice. If the names weren’t provided at the beginning of each section, you still wouldn’t have a problem knowing who is speaking. There is even this fairytale feel to the story at times thanks to Wink, which only adds to its atmospheric quality. There are slight nods to stories and tales, but she also goes a step further declaring Midnight the hero and Poppy the villain. I loved that whole aspect to the book.

I know I’m being vague. There’s no other way to be with this kind of novel. This really is such a hard book to review for that reason. Tucholke has this eerie style of writing that creates a dreamy sort of feel. It has this way of captivating you. If you enjoy stories where you are never quite sure what is going on or who to trust, you might really enjoy Wink Poppy Midnight.

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