Book Review: Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
ashley | First off, I’m a fan of unique and eccentric character names, but the names in Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke give unique a run for it’s money. This book was all kinds of strange and fascinating right down to the words, as I had a feeling it would be as soon a I came across it.
There’s such a magical feeling about this book that kind of wrapped itself around me. There’s a lot of mention of fairytales and folklore and that is what this book felt like to me, an old mythical tale passed on from generation to generation and I found it comforting. Similar to the way Midnight describes the feeling he gets from Wink, I felt calm and at ease while reading this.
The feel of the book was magical and the characters were pretty complex. The beginning spent a lot of time building up these characters, while the ending kind of tore them apart. I like the growth, I liked the unexpected turns, but at a certain point, it seemed like the story just stopped being a story and the ending didn’t really wrap anything up. I certainly didn’t know where it was going to take me, I can’t say I’m disappointed with where I ended, but perhaps a little uncertain or confused.
The point of view switched between these three titular characters each chapter, which I really liked at first because it gave such a different perspective and insight into each of the characters. But towards the end it started to become a bit redundant, the views were just repeating the exact same events with little change in interpretation that it didn’t seem insightful, just repetitive.
But I did enjoy this, a lot. It’s my first book by Tucholke and I’ve read that her books are very atmospheric and emotional and I really got that, and really liked that, about this. It was a super quick read and it really pulled me into this gothic, magical world. Maybe I didn’t necessarily get it in the end, or expected to have had a stronger feeling at the end, but I’m certainly intrigued and definitely want to explore more of Tucholke’s writing.
march 22, 2016