Published by Tor Teen on April 7, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
They have a love-hate relationship with summer.
Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.
But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note—Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy—the woman who kicked them out.
Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.
Meet Me at Midnight is a young adult standalone contemporary romance by Jessica Pennington. This book was exactly what I was in the mood for. It was lighthearted fun, while still being funny and super cute. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers and of summer prank wars, then you will love the summer romance crafted up by Jessica Pennington.
Meet Me at Midnight is told in dual narrative between our two main characters, Sidney and Asher. Their families are close friends that live on different sides of the state. But every summer they rent neighboring lake houses for 8 weeks and catch up. Sidney and Asher have been summer prank war enemies from the very first summer- always trying to one up each other. This is the last summer they have before they both go away to college, so in their minds it felt like the grand finale of prank wars. I loved how similar but different Sidney and Asher are. Sidney is much more type A. A planner through and through. Asher is laid back, but they are both wonderful swimmers. I liked that they had the commonality of both excelling in the same sport. It was a cool thread for them to have in addition to their family history with one another. Watching them act as frenemies was more than entertaining for me. They are hilarious.
I don’t want to spoil the events of the book, but let’s just say one of their pranks gets out of hand and forces the families to change their plans. Which of course leads our two main characters into an interesting situation. Watching their reluctant romance unfold was adorable. I wanted to smack Sidney upside the head a few times, because that girl can drag her feet like no other. I loved Asher most because he seemed so much more comfortable with who he was and what he wants. (in all areas of life except for his major) I really liked the romance in this book.
Bottom line: if you are a fan of ya summer romances and you like prank wars, Meet Me at Midnight is going to be a smash hit for you. This novel is the perfect summer fun- feel good read. I loved it, and it was exactly what I was looking for in a quarantine read!
Praise for MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT
“Sweet and real, and fans of Sarah Dessen or Meg Cabot will find themselves hoping these pranksters find true love. With a light romance, humor, and summers full of swimming, parties, and bonfires, this is a perfect beach read.” —School Library Journal
“Pennington crafts two believable teens ensnared in a hate-to-love romance that is addictingly enjoyable. The comedic matchup between Sidney, a meticulous overthinker, and the charming yet snarky Asher will have readers rooting for the duo. A steamy, prank-filled summer romance that readers will devour.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Does Jessica Pennington have a PhD in chemistry? Because the sparks were FLYING! Meet Me at Midnight is full of wit and romance, with a plot that kept me guessing and characters that I couldn’t help but root for.” ―Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be
“A swoony, snarky, perfect romance, set during the summer before college when anything (even falling for your sworn enemy…) is possible. A must-read for YA romance fans!” ―Kerry Winfrey, author of Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It and Waiting for Tom Hanks
“Meet Me at Midnight is the young adult answer to The Hating Game, set at a picturesque Michigan lake house. Readers will fall for Asher and Sidney as they figure out if they’re better as sworn enemies, friends, or much more. A fantastic addition to any romance lover’s shelf!” ―Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and No Place Like Here
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020