REVIEW: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
This was a strange, weird, whimsical fairy tale-like book. It reminded me a bit of When the Moon Was Ours in terms of writing style (though I liked that one a lot better) and We Were Liars because of the strange mystery.
It was pretty hard to figure out what was actually going on. That might be because there wasn't that much plot, especially at first, but definitely also due to the writing style, very metaphorical. It's told from three perspectives, you have Wink, Poppy, and Midnight (I love the title and the name of the author, they both add to the feeling of the book). I really liked that. The chapters were short, strange and read easily.
I'm struggling to say things about this, really. The writing was gorgeous and the book atmospheric, but some people will see it as over the top. It was descriptive and had some repetition, but purposely. Sometimes it almost felt poetic.
The story itself wasn't particularly great, confusing both because it was meant to be a mystery and also because you didn't know what was really happening and what wasn't. It did give a twist at the end which I hadn't seen coming, but with books like this, I also don't try to figure everything out, I just let it wash over me. I've found that the best way of experiencing it.
It's strange, but reading it is an experience and it's pretty short, so if you want something different, this might be it. However, it did have absolutely no diversity and used the g*psy slur. Trigger warning for abusive/manipulative friends, bullying, talking about suicide.