Synopses & Reviews
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee'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 good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
"Whitley Johnson has been looking forward to spending the summer after high school graduation hanging out with her divorced father at his condo near the beach, drinking and relaxing. So she is dumbfounded to learn that he has moved to a boring small town and has a new fiancÃ©e. Adding insult to injury, Whitley's future stepbrother, Nathan, turns out to be her one-night stand from a graduation party. 'Get to know each other. You're family now,' advises Whitley's father. 'Yeah,' she thinks. 'Family who've banged each other.' Despite Whitley's anger, her bad habits, her feelings of abandonment, and a Facebook group maligning her, she makes close friends over the summer, becomes a role model for her soon-to-be stepsister, and discovers what her father is really like. In her third novel for teens, Keplinger (The DUFF) creates a wonderfully blunt, caustic, and self-possessed heroine in Whitley. While the ending is a bit drawn out, the story's emotional realism, Whitley's transformation (and acid narration), and the romance between her and Nathan make for a fiery and engrossing read. Ages 15 up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for A Midsummer's Nightmare:
"There's a lot to love about this story. Whitley's...a smart, assertive girl and a refreshing change from the passive, wryly observant heroines of non-paranormal fiction...With her third novel, this young author continues to evolve; a talent to watch."
"Keplinger (The DUFF) creates a wonderfully blunt, caustic, and self-possessed heroine in Whitley...The story's emotional realism, Whitley's transformation (and acid narration), and the romance between her and Nathan make for a fiery and engrossing read."--Publishers Weekly
Keplinger definitely knows her teenagers. The characterizations of Whitley, Nathan, and...This a realistic read, with a few issues (cyberbullying, a near-rape) addressed nicely."--SLJ
"Whitley is a vivid, flawed, loveable protagonist and this novel isfilled with relatable characters. With honest, authentic language, Keplinger deals deftly with the raw emotions affecting divorced and blended families."--VOYA
About the Author
Kody Keplinger was born and raised in a small Kentucky town. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend),
during her senior year of high school. The DUFF
was a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times
Top Pick. Since then, Kody has written two more young adult novels, Shut Out
and A Midsummer's Nightmare
and a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys and Me.
She is the cofounder of Disability in Kidlit, a website devoted to the representation of disability in children's literature. Currently, Kody lives in New York City, where she teaches writing workshops and continues to write books for kids and teens.You can find out more about Kody and her books on her website: www.kodykeplinger.com.