I’d prepared myself for some serious weirdness going in considering the whole “stepsiblings” thing, but it didn’t really turn out to be that bad at all. I know right now you’re staring at the screen going “how could it possibly not be weird?” Well, it just isn’t. I think part of it is due to the fact that they “met” before they found out they were stepsiblings-to-be and the other part is simply that for much of the summer Whitley doesn’t think of him as family.
Of course, I hated Whitley for a whole heck of a lot of the book. Really, though, if you love Whitley in the beginning I’d kind of have to wonder about you. She’s mean and catty and basically hates the world. She basically does everything in her power to make the world hate her. But then there’s all the awesome people that come into her life and make her better.
Nathan, for starters, is pretty awesome. He’s a sweet geek who really cares for his family – including Whitley. Sure, he almost loses it a few times when Whitley throws herself at him, but ever the standup guy he doesn’t take advantage of her or the situation.
Then there’s Harrison. The guy is basically awesome. He forces himself into Whitley’s life when she refuses to let anyone in. He gives fantastic fashion advice. But I think my favorite part is how he doesn’t give up on Nathan the entire time. That is, his crush on Nathan :P
Can I just point out one measly thing that drove me nuts, though? Both Whitley and Nathan are 18 and yet they’re accepting groundations? That would totally not fly with me. Would you use the “my house my rules” shtick on a 30-year-old just because live in your home? No, so you shouldn’t be using it on an 18-year-old either.
The Nutshell: If you’re looking for a steamy summer romance about a messed-up girl who actually ends up okay in the end because of all the awesome people in her life, then Keplinger’s A Midsummer’s Nightmare is your book.