02 May 2012

A Midsummer's Nightmare; Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's NightmareA Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was such a predictable read, with every problem neatly resolved by the end.

Whitley's anchorman father, with whom she spends every summer since her parent's divorce, has suddenly moved, become engaged to Sylvia, a woman Whitley hasn't met and is suddenly playing "dad" to Sylvia's two children.  Her son, Nate, is Whitley's graduation party one-night-stand and her daughter, Bailey, for some reason wants to be Whitley's friend.  Of course Whitley is going to act out, getting drunk and hooking up with as many people as possible.  Still doesn't grab Dad's attention.  Her stepmother-to-be tries to be nice, but Whitley wants nothing to do with it.  It isn't until there's a Facebook page dedicated to seeing what (or who) "that slut" will do next, and Dad still doesn't comment that she realizes she's not going to win here - Dad's moved on.  Of course, by the end, it's all good.

The introduction of cyber-bullying felt a little like kitchen-sinking, particularly after Whitley dismisses it as "stupid rumors" and Sylvia persists in talking about it as cyber-bullying (and threatening legal action).  It was supposed to come across as caring, but instead it comes across as blurring the line of what real bullying is (Whitley is upset, but more by her father's non-reaction than the actual comments).

ARC provided by publisher.

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