I’m not going to summarize this book. Even a small summary would provide spoilers. The book jacket is extremely vague on purpose. The GoodReads summary provides a little more, but even then, I’d be a bit wary. Read it if you’d like, though! All I’m going to say is that Wink, Poppy, and Midnight are three characters, each with alternating sections of first-person narrative.
My thoughts: Oh MAN I wish I could have kept this one for Readathon! It’s short, quick, and intoxicating. I was hooked from the very first page, and I didn’t stop until I read the last. Honestly, I’m still not even sure what I think about the plot/events. Everything is so very surreal and atmospheric, with the focus being tone tone tone. Something like We Have Always Lived in the Castle, except with multiple unreliable narrators and a younger voice. It was awesome.
I wasn’t entirely enamored with the first book by Tucholke that I read (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), and I never read the sequel to it. I’d loved the writing but not the story itself by the end. In Wink Poppy Midnight, that delicious, creepy writing is heavy and thick, and the story so vague and portentous that I’m free to interpret however I please. I adore that, and I’m glad I decided to try out this author again!
Seriously, this is an awesome Readathon selection. If my library hold wasn’t due back a few days before then, and other people lined up to read it so I can’t renew, I’d’ve totally waited to read it then. Great choice, hint hint! Heh.