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A Book Recommendation a Day: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UPR chapter.

There are far too many books in the universe, but these are too good to miss out on! You don’t have to read them all in one sitting, but we just want to let you know that they’re definitely worth your time. From LGBTQ+ representation to sexual assault, these novels are more than just ones to fill the spaces of your bookshelf. With these gems, you’ll feel yourself being transported to the strangeness and otherworldliness of science fiction and then find yourself looking behind you with anxiety will entering the world of dark fantasy. What can be better than that? They also make good gifts (wink wink).

April Genevive Tucholke is a master with words. She crafts an eerie book with bone-chilling descriptions. The original synopsis is as follows:

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. 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 and tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.



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How to best describe this macabre novel from April Genevieve Tucholke? There are no words. As a bookworm, I feel that I’m usually not taken by surprise, but this book was a whirlwind of emotions. It’s a dark story. At times, it’s reminiscent of a fairy tale. The plot concerns the decaying friendship between Midnight, a very fragile soul, and Poppy, a girl who is devoid of humanity. Through this, Midnight begins to befriend Wink, who seems almost delusional. They hatch a plot to leave one of the three tied up, and what happens is nothing short of terrifying. Even then, with its spooky plot, it still falls into the realm of YA—but nothing about it is repetitive.

—Luna, 21


This book is perfect for chilly eerie nights. Sit down, get under the covers and read this wonderful book. Read more about the haunting tales at Goodreads. You can purchase it via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Book Depository

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Josie is a senior in the UPR-Río Piedras campus, majoring in English Literature. When she's not on campus, you can find her browsing a bookstore (as if her TBR pile isn't big enough already!). Books and writing are what drives this girl--apart from fighting to destigmatize mental illnesses and raising awareness about the importance of consent. Josie enjoys traveling, bingeing on spicy food and a lot of sweets, blasting Bieber, and adding shows or movies to her Netflix queue that she'll never get to. Josie is a junior editor for the Rio Piedras chapter in Puerto Rico. If you want to see what else Josie is up to, you can catch her on her bookstagram.
Antoinette Luna is a Performance Studies and Comparative Literature major at the UPR. Her passions include writing, reading, and anything crafty. She loves to sew, write, and make things from scratch. DIY is the name of her game. Around campus, she is known as a bubbly young woman who goes by just Luna. Her future goals include traveling, traveling, and more traveling. Outspoken transfeminist, and wannabe activist, she's out to set fires.