ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Meet Me At Midnight
Author: Jessica Pennington
Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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.
I absolutely ADORED this book! I couldn’t put it down, and wound up reading it in one day. I read it last month, and it totally helped me escape from all the craziness going on in the world. This is the third book I’ve read by Jessica Pennington, and I feel like her books keep on improving, and this may be the best one yet.
Our main characters Asher and Sidney have been vacationing with their families in cottages across from each other since they were fourteen years old. It’s usually the same thing every summer- cookouts, bonfires, bike rides, and them pranking each other. They’ve just graduated from high school and they’re determined to make this the best summer of pranks yet! Plans go awry though, when their pranking causes their families to get kicked out. The two families wind up having to rent one home and all live in it together. Shortly after they arrive, Sidney winds up getting a note from Asher to “meet me at midnight” and they decide to join forces the rest of the summer and prank the woman who kicked them out.
I loved the banter between Sidney and Asher. I loved how their relationship enfolded through the pages. I loved that I could read the story from both points of view, and that the author provided some flashbacks into the past. I loved the pranks that they came up with together. I loved how both of the characters are athletes, and that it explored all the work that goes into being a swimmer. I loved that the story took place at one of the beach lakes in Michigan, and has some easter eggs from one of Jess’s previous books. I laughed a lot during this story, but I also cried. It’s one of those books that just pulls at your emotions. I was totally in this for these two amazing characters!
If you enjoy an enemies to lovers summer romance, then this book is for you! It released on Tuesday, April 7th, so please make sure you check it out! *I received an e-arc from Netgalley of this book and it in no way impacts my review*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.