Wink Poppy Midnight by April Geneviece Tucholke – Book Review

“I’d never get the sound of her screams out of my head, or my heart.
Is this what it meant to be the hero?”
― April Genevieve Tucholke, Wink Poppy Midnight


Wink Poppy Midnight

by April Genevieve Tucholke

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis: “Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.” – taken from

This is going to be a relatively short review. It was a short book and I didn’t hate it nor did I love it. So, a short review it is.

Let’s start with the positives. I liked the idea of the plot. I think that the author had an intriguing idea of mirroring a mystery novel in the vain of a fairy tale. I also liked the aspect of the memory of the book. However, I felt as though these two aspects of the novel worked against each other rather than with one another.

I will definitely read more of this author’s books as they come out. I think there is some great talent there. I truly enjoyed the craftsmanship of some of the paragraphs and chapters of this novel. I’m excited to see how Tucholke grows and develops as an author.

I didn’t get this book. I understood it sure. However, I didn’t understand why some things occurred in the book. Some of the plot points seemed false and unnecessary to me. That became very distracting throughout the book. Also, I really did not have a connection to any of the characters. I didn’t care about what happened to them. So, that made the desire to continue reading their stories difficult to do.

Overall, I am glad that I read this book. It definitely was not my favorite. However, it wasn’t terrible and it has made me excited to look into reading more books from this author.

  • Jenn

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?


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