Meet Me at Midnight
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 Details

TitleMeet Me at Midnight
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250187666
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Contemporary

Meet Me at Midnight Review

  • sarah xoxo
    January 1, 1970
    how much do you hate me right now?Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect enemies to lovers summer romance balanced with just the right amount of humour, banter and pranks. We follow our main characters Asher and Sidney, star swimmers. Each year they and their families rent summer houses by the lake. But instead of spending their holidays relaxing- they take place in an intense prank war. From Kool-aid in the shower to mayonnaise covered floors, they are constantly on high alert, waiting for the othe how much do you hate me right now?Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect enemies to lovers summer romance balanced with just the right amount of humour, banter and pranks. We follow our main characters Asher and Sidney, star swimmers. Each year they and their families rent summer houses by the lake. But instead of spending their holidays relaxing- they take place in an intense prank war. From Kool-aid in the shower to mayonnaise covered floors, they are constantly on high alert, waiting for the other to making their move and planning their own retaliation. But it is now their last summer before going off to college, and they may have to team up against a common enemy. Sparks will fly, but who knows if they will be the romantic kind or the explosive one?This book was just what I needed. It was well written and easy to keep flipping the pages. I felt myself instantly connected to the characters, and really invested in their lives. Jessica Pennington did an excellent job at developing their relationship. By using dual POVs and a few flashbacks to their first summer, we get a clear understanding of not just one of the characters, but both. Their relationship progressed at just the right speed and there wasn't unnecessary drama added in to add roadblocks. Everything felt realistic and true to character. "I was so scared of losing you, that I lost you anyway." Admittedly, not much happens apart from a few pranks and parties but that didn't bother me personally. I was in it for the characters, which is just what I want from contemporary romances. The banter was A+ and the characters acted and spoke in a way that was true to their age (what a concept).I loved the little details that made this story refreshing and new. The war board games they played at parties was really fun to read about, and I really related to Sidney in her strategic mind and competitive nature (I wonder why no one wants to play monopoly with me?) The entire time I read this I craved the chocolate chip pancakes Sidney would make Asher and wanted to go swim in a lake. Something I really appreciated in this book was that Sidney was an athlete as well as Asher. A common trope of YA contemporary is that the boy is the athletic one, but in Meet Me at Midnight, they both were. As well as that, we see the actual training and work that goes into being a swimmer. From early morning swims to running, training and going to the gym. Overall, if you are looking for a new hate to love summer romance- look no further! Thanks to Tor Teen for the ARCRelease Date: 7 April 2020
    more
  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a really cute and fun read! It’s like a young adult version of The Hating Game! Sidney and Asher’s families rented houses every summer next to each other at the lake. Sidney and Asher both lived to torment and tease each other. Some of their pranks were pretty hilarious. Their pranks and antics end up getting them kicked out of their houses and lands them in one house. They team up together to prank the woman who kicked them out of their houses and begin to realize their true feeli This book was a really cute and fun read! It’s like a young adult version of The Hating Game! Sidney and Asher’s families rented houses every summer next to each other at the lake. Sidney and Asher both lived to torment and tease each other. Some of their pranks were pretty hilarious. Their pranks and antics end up getting them kicked out of their houses and lands them in one house. They team up together to prank the woman who kicked them out of their houses and begin to realize their true feelings for each other. The relationship between Sidney and Asher felt real and was well developed. The flashbacks were placed well and helpful to understand how they came to the point they are at. I would like to read more from Jessica Pennington in the future!
    more
  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    How much do I hate Jessica Pennington? Negative 1 million! This book is absolute perfection and I loved every second of it! Get this preordered my friends - you will love it!!
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I so badly wanted to love this! Sidney and Asher have spent every summer together since they were 12/13 years old, their parents are best friends. After that first summer though, they have been in a battle of wits. Each one trying to outdo the other with pranks. Sounds cute and fun, right? Well, the first half was but the 2nd half lost its luster for me. By that time, it became strictly a love story, which would have been fine but I wanted more pranks and intense moments between them. The second I so badly wanted to love this! Sidney and Asher have spent every summer together since they were 12/13 years old, their parents are best friends. After that first summer though, they have been in a battle of wits. Each one trying to outdo the other with pranks. Sounds cute and fun, right? Well, the first half was but the 2nd half lost its luster for me. By that time, it became strictly a love story, which would have been fine but I wanted more pranks and intense moments between them. The second half dragged & I was kinda getting bored with Sidney’s immaturity. Asher? I loved him but he wasn’t enough to save the story. *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Madison Mary
    January 1, 1970
    "How much do you hate me right now?"A fun summer contemporary romance that is sure to have every reader smiling. SUMMARY For the past ten years, Asher and Sidney have spent their summers as neighbours at Lake House A and Lake House B, engaged in a brutal prank war. They spend their time constantly scheming and on high alert, prepared for the worst. When their pranks suddenly go too far, and their families are kicked out of their rentals, Asher and Sidney call a truce. They decide to team up a "How much do you hate me right now?"A fun summer contemporary romance that is sure to have every reader smiling. SUMMARY For the past ten years, Asher and Sidney have spent their summers as neighbours at Lake House A and Lake House B, engaged in a brutal prank war. They spend their time constantly scheming and on high alert, prepared for the worst. When their pranks suddenly go too far, and their families are kicked out of their rentals, Asher and Sidney call a truce. They decide to team up and enact revenge on the person who threatened to ruin their summer. But now that Asher and Sidney are no longer enemies, feelings that have been silent start to make noise. REVIEW It has been a while since I have read a YA contemporary romance, and this was so much fun. I found myself smiling and chuckling softly at the banter and sweet-but-sassy comments. From the beginning, it was obvious that Asher and Sidney would end up together. I mean, it's a YA contemporary. However, I was genuinely pleased with the way Pennington went about their relationship development and the bumps in the road they had to deal with. The ending was not what I would've typically expected of a YA novel, and I loved it so much more.Asher and Sidney are both swimmers who are attending the same college in the fall as D-2 swimmers. I loved this shared connection, especially as someone who grew up around swimming as a competitive sport. It was fun how swimming and training for their upcoming collegiate year helping them become friends and build a foundation for their romance.I wouldn't call this an enemies-to-lovers romance, because from the beginning you can see that there is some underlying romantic tension between the two characters. I loved watching the romance develop and the way in which they started to reform their friendship and have a second shot at their relationship after having been "nemeses" for years. This was a fun teen romance, with two teens that make mistakes and act their age. I never once thought that these characters acted too immature or too mature for the age they were supposed to be (18). This is hard to come across in YA literature, and I commend Pennington for her accurate representation. I can 100% see myself re-reading this novel during a summer. It has the sort of tone and story that would be fun to revisit while lounging in the sun. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of YA contemporaries.
    more
  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé for clear skin
    January 1, 1970
    A summer evening on Les Champs ElysesA secret rendezvous they planned for days.A sea of faces in a crowded cafe,A sound of laughter as the music plays.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoTLn... A summer evening on Les Champs ElysesA secret rendezvous they planned for days.A sea of faces in a crowded cafe,A sound of laughter as the music plays.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoTLn...
    more
  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    — review on my blog ✧ "Sidney Walters is a proverbial ray of sunshine-with everyone but me." Sidney and Asher have one peaceful summer at age fourteen before a battle of pranks ensues for the next four years. Shampoo bottles are replaced with Kool-Aid, flip flops are glued to decks, and floors are covered in mayonnaise. However, after one too many childish pranks, Asher and Sidney’s families are asked to leave their rental home by the owner, and they all move into a new place. The two decide t — review on my blog ✧ "Sidney Walters is a proverbial ray of sunshine-with everyone but me." Sidney and Asher have one peaceful summer at age fourteen before a battle of pranks ensues for the next four years. Shampoo bottles are replaced with Kool-Aid, flip flops are glued to decks, and floors are covered in mayonnaise. However, after one too many childish pranks, Asher and Sidney’s families are asked to leave their rental home by the owner, and they all move into a new place. The two decide to call a ceasefire and team-up to pull pranks on the person who almost ruined their summer.YA contemporary isn’t something I typically give high ratings to, but there’s so much to love about Meet Me At Midnight. It’s a rare contemporary released in the past couple of years that isn’t filled with terrible, irritating popular culture references or cringeworthy Gen-Z language. Other YA authors need to take notes from Jessica Pennington: you can write a cute romance without referencing “fangirling”, “fanfiction”, Harry Potter, or anything of that caliber. Furthermore, it has a specific trope you can’t help but love: two people pretending to hate each other to mask their feelings for each other, while an innocent bystander points out to the cynical one that the other obviously loves them. Sprinkle in some cute banter, sweet moments, and a few flashbacks, and it’s the perfect recipe for me.There isn’t much to gush about since most of the plot and story revolved around the romance. Which I’m definitely not complaining about because Aiden and Sidney were adorable. I mean, having their first kiss under the stars and pretending they don’t remember it, showing each other prized possessions they kept for each other because they were too scared to admit their feelings, the way they talked about how familiar they were with each other and it felt like second nature to touch each other. It was all perfect. The only complaint were the kiss scenes where it would begin with “and our mouths touch” and then there was barely any subsequent description, which felt awkward. I loved everything else about their romance, though.I was briefly considering giving this 3 stars because of how much the plot dragged toward the ending, but everything outlined above made me overlook it. After the third act breakup, there’s considerable plot left and not enough angst to keep you entertained through their struggle to find a balance between friendship and being exes. In addition, the side characters weren’t developed and were pushed to the back of the story. Characters would be introduced to establish drama, but their storyline would extinguish and they’d never appear again. Which felt pointless. Though it’s a YA contemporary written with the purpose of enjoying a sweet romance, so I’m not complaining much.I like informing people whether they’ll like something in my reviews, so I’ll cover possible negatives for others (that weren’t a dealbreaker for me). I typically love tropes and plot points everyone else dislikes, so I’ll be transparent. If you’re a New Adult reader who likes explicit content, you probably won’t like this. All discussions of sex – and even the kiss scenes – are fade to black or implied. Accompanied by a poetic, faded (dry humping?) scene. If you’re seeking a hate to love romance where both parties genuinely dislike each other, this also might not be the book for you.Meet Me At Midnight is simply an adorable contemporary romance filled with sweet moments, pranks, friendship, and family dynamics. It was such an enjoyable read for me and I highly recommend it!
    more
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    **A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **This is one of those books that make you want to scream and shout “FINALLY!” after everything goes well in the end. The kind that puts you through sweet and anxious moments in equal measure. You know that there’s inevitable doom but you don’t mind because it is fun and sweet so you just enjoy the moment while it lasts.To be honest, I really wasn’t into this at first. I tried pick **A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **This is one of those books that make you want to scream and shout “FINALLY!” after everything goes well in the end. The kind that puts you through sweet and anxious moments in equal measure. You know that there’s inevitable doom but you don’t mind because it is fun and sweet so you just enjoy the moment while it lasts.To be honest, I really wasn’t into this at first. I tried picking this up last January but left it for another book. Eventually, I picked this up again because I had to read it. So if you decide to read this, I beg that you hold on because things will definitely get more interesting.Sidney and Asher spend every summer together because their families are friends. But instead of being normal people and spending time together, they spend it planning elaborate pranks. The pranks were really funny until it went too far and they were forced to call a truce. And that was when things really picked up because even though they don’t see it, they are so much better together than they are apart.What I really loved about this book is how this is not the usual summer contemporary romance read. I really expected this to be light and fluffy but it was not. Did I find it entertaining? Yes. Was it also frustrating? Big, big YES. Sidney is the girl who overthinks everything and imagines the worst-case scenario even when it’s only just the beginning. Put every skepticism and remove trust in a person and you get Sidney. On the other hand, Asher is the guy who is cool with anything but a coward when it comes to confessing his feelings. But still, he is the bravest between them both. He is so sweet and deserves the world. Together, they put me through ups and downs and I alternated between having butterflies in my stomach and wanting to smack one of them in the head. Nevertheless, I ended up enjoying the frustration and anxiety I felt throughout their rollercoaster summer romance. "I was so scared of losing you, that I lost you anyway." Through everything that happened, what I learned is that sometimes, the things you are afraid of losing are the things that you lose by being afraid. If you want a summer read that’s equal parts funny, frustrating, and sweet, I recommend this book.Review can also be found on my blog.Find me: Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Spotify
    more
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @52%My first DNF of the year happened way quicker this year than last, but this book was way too slow and way too long for me to keep reading and be even remotely engaged. I thought this would be a light romance with some enemies to lovers vibes and a fun time would be had by all, but the story just dragged and somehow managed to feel repetative when not that much was happening. The characters were fine, but nothing really stood out about them to make me want to continue. Here's hoping this DNF @52%My first DNF of the year happened way quicker this year than last, but this book was way too slow and way too long for me to keep reading and be even remotely engaged. I thought this would be a light romance with some enemies to lovers vibes and a fun time would be had by all, but the story just dragged and somehow managed to feel repetative when not that much was happening. The characters were fine, but nothing really stood out about them to make me want to continue. Here's hoping this isn't a 2020 trend.I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
    more
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank Tor Teen & NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.My feelings for this book are a little messy, and it's hard to explain but I'll try my best. On the one hand, I enjoyed many aspects, especially the familiar one, and I liked the setting A LOT, I also think that most of the book is entertaining and keeps you wanting to continue reading. But on the other hand, the characters are quite immature, the whole "enemies" situation felt forced, I want to thank Tor Teen & NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.My feelings for this book are a little messy, and it's hard to explain but I'll try my best. On the one hand, I enjoyed many aspects, especially the familiar one, and I liked the setting A LOT, I also think that most of the book is entertaining and keeps you wanting to continue reading. But on the other hand, the characters are quite immature, the whole "enemies" situation felt forced, as well as some dialogues and I feel that in the end only one of the characters has a marked growth & I think that although it didn't seem heavy to read it, could have been a little shorter than it was and transmit the same message going straight to the point.3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ You can find more reviews & other content on my blog A Book. A Thought. This book is an enemies-to-lovers romance that follows Asher and Sidney whose families are friends and since they're little, they've always spent summers in the same place, they have a relationship that consists of challenging and joking each other all the time. Until one day a joke goes wrong and both families must spend the summer in the same house. Due to what has happened, Asher and Sydney decide to join forces against a common enemy, and from here unexpected feelings begin to arise between them. I started super excited reading this book because I wanted to read something heavy on romance, which is rare for me, so it was a special moment, and sadly didn't fully meet my expectations. The whole first part, maybe even a little more than half, is quite good, it's a simple romance plot, with silly but entertaining dialogues, where there are small discussions and a lot of drama, but it's quite entertaining and it progresses very fast, which I appreciate. We know a lot about the characters, their pasts and their present lives in that first part, and I always enjoy meeting new characters, is fun for me, so all that first part, maybe despite some over-the-top moments, was pretty good, create depth and plant a lot of intrigues to know what will happen, not to mention that it's fun. But the second half is messy, I began to feel tired of the romantic relationship of the characters, when something was just happening between them was fun, but then it gets boring for me, it's all because I think Asher gives a lot of himself and Sidney is a mess of emotions and doubts and teenager stuff and I felt super uncomfortable at times. I also felt that the "sarcastic" jokes and discussions were starting to get too much, and honestly and it's super ugly to say it, but I got really bored as it started being repetitive.There are romantic scenes that are very beautiful and especially when everything begins to take shape and the characters begin to relate, it's beautiful to read because despite having known each other for years, they've never established a deeper relationship. But then it's very frustrating, especially due to the difference in personalities that exists between them. Asher is a lovely person, I love this boy, he's sweet, considerate and very attentive, to the point that I think he gives too much of himself, which makes me want to hug him. On the other hand, Sidney is a very dramatic girl and I understand that she's just a teenager, so I'm not going to judge her too hard, but it was very stressful to follow her voice because she's too much, I even feel a little sorry for her because she has a lot of trauma and issues with herself, but I would have liked this to be explored from another side, you know? and not from romance. It's a shame because there are beautiful scenes, but the romance deteriorates a lot towards the ending, especially since I couldn't stand the characters anymore and their relationship became "meh" for me. I'm aware, though, that it's very difficult for me to like a romance and that I feel the chemistry between characters, so this is super personal, I think that if you read it maybe you'll be able to connect more with them and with their stories. I love the setting, I adore when everything is established in a beach house, it's really beautiful, especially at night.I enjoyed the writing style, it's the first time that I read something from the author, so I have no comparison with another of her works, but I really liked it, her style flows very well, especially I think it's perfect for softer and quick to read contemporary stories. I would read something more by her because I'm curious to know another type of facet, perhaps with another type of plot that's not exclusively romantic and with other types of characters, without a doubt, I think I could enjoy it more. So I don't have much more to say, it's a polarizing book regarding my own feelings and thoughts, one half I loved and the other is forgettable. I couldn't enjoy as I would have liked the ending, I don't think it's bad, though, but I was already a little tired by that point and didn't connect. Still, I think I would recommend it if romance is something you like, if you like enemy-to-love relationships and a bit of drama, in a beautiful summer setting. I adored Asher, so if you want a good main male character, which is SUPER important, he's perfect and deserves better. First Thoughts 06/04/20 This was a very fun book to follow, I really liked the setting, super summery & it is the typical hate-to-love romance, which is enjoyable in some moments, but the characters aren't solid enough to me to be able to commit 100% to this story. I felt a little overwhelmed and tired of the fights between the characters without any sense, it felt a little forced for me. But the aspects outside of the romance are pretty good. Even so, I know that I usually have problems with the genre, so I think that if you like summer romances and easy to read plots this is a good option, personally I think it was ok, but nothing really stands out for me.
    more
  • jordane
    January 1, 1970
    “All I want is to be under the stars with him. To sit on the bench in front of the fire, our bodies pressed together. I want his arm draped over me, like he wants everyone to know we’re together. Together.” Every summer since they were fourteen, Sidney and Asher have been pulling pranks at each other and considered themselves as “enemies”. However, for their last summer before going off to college, Sidney and Asher will have to team-up against a common enemy who nearly ruined their summer and “All I want is to be under the stars with him. To sit on the bench in front of the fire, our bodies pressed together. I want his arm draped over me, like he wants everyone to know we’re together. Together.” Every summer since they were fourteen, Sidney and Asher have been pulling pranks at each other and considered themselves as “enemies”. However, for their last summer before going off to college, Sidney and Asher will have to team-up against a common enemy who nearly ruined their summer and forced them and their families to live together for the rest of summer.This book was such a cute and fun read. I have to say it took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once Sidney and Asher started pranking and bantering with each other I was hooked! I loved the writing a lot and the way the chapters were structured, per day, helped to set the perfect pace, it was not too slow nor too fast. Some flashbacks about Sidney and Asher’s first meeting and other moments between them were also included and it helped understand their relationship and special bond.The book’s main focus was the romance between the two characters and I loved witnessing the evolution of their relationship. From the outset, it was clear how much Sidney and Asher knew about each other, but you also understood that their mutual “hatred” was hiding something else. Once they teamed up, they didn’t really know how to act around each other, so their interactions rapidly became awkward. I think this was my favorite part of the book. The way they acted all weird around each other and started discovering their feelings for each other was the cutest and sweetest thing! Overall this was a really adorable contemporary romance, I liked both main characters and their relationship was really sweet. I removed one star because as I explained it took me some time to get into the story. Maybe it’s because I mainly read NA and not YA romance these days. Anyways, you should all check out Meet Me at Midnight because Sidney and Asher were the cutest and I enjoyed their story very much.*ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "It’s not like kissing someone gives you any sort of claim to them. There’s not some binding contract of exclusivity that goes along with a kiss."The World is dealing with a lot of sadness and heartbreak lately and I seriously needed something cute and sweet to boost my spirits. Meet Me At Midnight did that job and so much more. This was the right thing to add to my life live right now.Sidney and Asher live to torment each other even though they fit perfectly together on paper. They are both com "It’s not like kissing someone gives you any sort of claim to them. There’s not some binding contract of exclusivity that goes along with a kiss."The World is dealing with a lot of sadness and heartbreak lately and I seriously needed something cute and sweet to boost my spirits. Meet Me At Midnight did that job and so much more. This was the right thing to add to my life live right now.Sidney and Asher live to torment each other even though they fit perfectly together on paper. They are both competitors and love to swim but are always forced to spend their summers together. When they should be enjoying the nice warm weather and beach, they find the ultimate ways to prank each other. But one prank too many gets them kicked out of their rental houses. Which results in both families staying inside the same house for the rest of the summer.With two of the best pranksters, they come up with a devious plan to get back at their old landlady. Together they'll come up with something explosive to settle the score. But can they agree on a truce while working together? Will they admit the fireworks that go off while they're together? Or will this ruin their summer of fun before college? This was absolutely adorable. The pranks that Sidney and Asher pulled on each other had me laughing out loud. I just couldn't believe how much trouble they went through to get the other to crack. Asher was my favorite character because he seemed the most genuine and super easy to love while Sidney felt like an intruder. But I still liked them as a combo. I also really enjoyed that it wasn't an instant happy ending and we saw how this split affected both of them while attending the same college. It was genius. Meet Me At Midnight is the perfect book to read to boost your mood. The enemies to lovers trope is definitely a guilty pleasure and this one was just fun. This will put your faith back into swoony romances. This adorable and quirky read is the right pick-me-up!
    more
  • kelly {BookCrushin}
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one, sorry to my buddy reading friends I constantly did not want to stop reading and read ahead until it was a must finish. Haha you could definitely read this in one sitting. Perfect summer read!
  • Jessica Pennington
    January 1, 1970
    Obviously I'm a little partial to this book. Partly because I'm a total sucker for a love-to-hate romcom, and partly because, well, I wrote it. I had a ton of fun writing about these two snarky weirdos and their summer shenanigans (and swoons), so I hope you love it!Meet Me At Midnight is OUT IN THE WORLD! If you've read it, please consider copying your review over to Amazon, I'd really appreciate it! And if you loved MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT, then check out my other books: When Summer Ends is full Obviously I'm a little partial to this book. Partly because I'm a total sucker for a love-to-hate romcom, and partly because, well, I wrote it. I had a ton of fun writing about these two snarky weirdos and their summer shenanigans (and swoons), so I hope you love it!Meet Me At Midnight is OUT IN THE WORLD! If you've read it, please consider copying your review over to Amazon, I'd really appreciate it! And if you loved MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT, then check out my other books: When Summer Ends is full of summer swoons (you'll recognize the setting--River Depot!) and Love Songs & Other Lies is a secondchance romance told in past and present and full of summery music vibes, nights on the beach, and trapped-on-a-tour-bus-with-your-ex angst!For all of the latest news like excerpt reveals, pre-order campaigns, and inside info on my upcoming books, be sure to JOIN MY NEWSLETTER! I'm usually drowning in work, so now worries about me spamming your inbox--you can expect to get my "monthly" newsletter 2-6 times a year, and I ALWAYS include a giveaway.
    more
  • Kelly Winters
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, with the two main characters, Asher and Sidney, returning to their families' lake houses and continuing the prank war they have been fighting for years. The pranks were fun and the dynamic between them showed that there was more to their relationship than the outward hate they were showing. When the romance started it was really cute and they had a fun yet naturally awkward way of interacting. But then the romance kept going back and forth between go I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, with the two main characters, Asher and Sidney, returning to their families' lake houses and continuing the prank war they have been fighting for years. The pranks were fun and the dynamic between them showed that there was more to their relationship than the outward hate they were showing. When the romance started it was really cute and they had a fun yet naturally awkward way of interacting. But then the romance kept going back and forth between going well and then falling apart. It went hot and cold between them too many times for my taste. By the end it got to where I didn't really care if they got together because I was tired of their same issues recurring over and over.*I received this book as an e-arc from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
    more
  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    Omggg this was soooo cutee and just SCREAMEDDDD summer!! 😭😭😭😭The setting was super cool with the lake house and the epic pranks they pulled on each other. Asher was the sweetest and so cuteeeee❤️ and Sydney was such a petty little bitch which made for some great drama lol I feel like the ending dragged (Sydney was being annoying tbh) and it could have been shorter but I enjoyed this so much!!! So no regrets lol
    more
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review."Ask me how much I hate you right now."Oh man, guys! This charming contemporary hit me right in the feels, and that couldn't have come at a better time. When the world is topsy turvy and the news is giving you anxiety, it's so nice to escape into a book and that's exactly what Meet Me At Midnight provides. An escape into the "will-they-won't they" romances of summer. Of rivals flir Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review."Ask me how much I hate you right now."Oh man, guys! This charming contemporary hit me right in the feels, and that couldn't have come at a better time. When the world is topsy turvy and the news is giving you anxiety, it's so nice to escape into a book and that's exactly what Meet Me At Midnight provides. An escape into the "will-they-won't they" romances of summer. Of rivals flirting with the idea of change and figuring out the new rules when their relationship finally evolves. I was quickly drawn into the prank-filled world of Asher and Sidney. I loved their chemistry and the setting of this story: a summer on the lake in Michigan. I was so enamored with this duo, in fact, that I found it challenging to put the book down at all during the first half of the novel. But it was there at the 50ish percent mark that I reached what felt like a solid ending for our competitive couple. And I started to worry how Pennington would fill the last 40 percent of this cute book. But fill it she did. There's drama (a lot of which is unnecessary, but understandable for young, untrusting love) and some questionable transition scenes, but there's also a lot of heart. And that's what I loved most. These characters felt real and I felt for them and their journey. I'm thankful to have spent a day with these two, and I hope you guys dive in when it hits shelves April 7th!
    more
  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    arc from publisher for fair review This book got me excited for summer. But really, I wish I could go back to care free summers. I feel old, and nostalgic reading this book. But I still liked it. I loved all the pranks, it’s brought out more from the whole hate to love trope. Super cute.
    more
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    The past five summers have been filled with swimming, the lake, and pranks. This summer, Sidney and Asher agreed to a truce, but once they were not preoccupied with their normal antics, these two began to finally recognize the romantic feelings they had been harboring for one another.• Pro: This was a enemies-to-lovers type romance, and I think many will appreciate the way a their well established prank war gave way to a pretty mushy courtship, that was filed with great banter and lots of chemis The past five summers have been filled with swimming, the lake, and pranks. This summer, Sidney and Asher agreed to a truce, but once they were not preoccupied with their normal antics, these two began to finally recognize the romantic feelings they had been harboring for one another.• Pro: This was a enemies-to-lovers type romance, and I think many will appreciate the way a their well established prank war gave way to a pretty mushy courtship, that was filed with great banter and lots of chemistry. • Pro: You know what I like? I like when couples have history, and Sidney and Asher had plenty of it. I liked learning about their past, but I was ecstatic when they slowly revealed their well concealed feelings for each other. • Pro: These two were high level competitive swimmers, and I liked this aspect of their lives. It tied them together, and there were a lot of really great swim related scenes, which I enjoyed. • Con: I did like Sidney, but the emotional runner in her drove me batty. She did it so much, I was able to spot it even before it happened. • Pro: Asher was easy to love from the start. He was sweet and charming, and he would store away little bits of information about Sidney, which he would use at just the right time to create some magnificent moments. I almost wanted to give Sidney a good shake to find out what her problem was with him. Oh, don't worry, you will learn the root of the great lake prank war. • Pro: Does Jessica Pennington know me or what? She gifted me a wonderful epilogue, which left me happy and smiling. Overall: I throughly enjoyed my summer at the lake, as I watched these two lifelong enemies finally acknowledge and act on their feelings for each other. Such a fun, sweet, and swoony romance.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
    more
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard getting on board a romance between two people who treat each other so badly, especially when they have very few actual conversations about why they "hate" each other. Pennington hints that those conversations will happen, and have happened, but in almost every instance, she side-steps showing us the conversations, themselves, in favor of giving us a flashback to the summer when Asher and Sidney were kind to one another. Instead of watching current-day Asher and Sidney connect, I'm told It's hard getting on board a romance between two people who treat each other so badly, especially when they have very few actual conversations about why they "hate" each other. Pennington hints that those conversations will happen, and have happened, but in almost every instance, she side-steps showing us the conversations, themselves, in favor of giving us a flashback to the summer when Asher and Sidney were kind to one another. Instead of watching current-day Asher and Sidney connect, I'm told that they used to get along and now suddenly get along again.The secondary characters are just as undeveloped as the romance, with the parents serving as motivation for Asher and Sidney to be nice to one another, Sidney's girlfriends appearing whenever she needs advice on her relationship (more conversations we're told happen but don't actually get to read), and Asher's BFF acting more as proof of Asher's years-long crush on Sidney than a BFF. The end result is a feeling that Asher and Sidney exist in a bubble untouched by the real world...and that their love is just as Doomed as Sidney thinks it is.That might be a bit of a spoiler, but anyone who's watched Hallmark Christmas movies knows that someone in the relationship will freak out at the eleventh hour and Ruin Everything. Pennington doesn't present anything different here...and you don't have to know Sidney for more than 50 pages before you know she's the one who'll be doing the Ruining. Unfortunately, that last-minute relationship sabotage coincides with the end of the summer, whereupon the book loses almost all its momentum. By the time Sidney attempted her Grand Gesture to Fix It All, I was a lot more invested in getting to the end of the book than the relationship it depicted.
    more
  • Brook Obsessed
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished “Meet Me at Midnight” by Jessica Pennington and my thoughts are all over the place. I really loved this and then sometimes I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. I have a love/hate relationship with this book and I’ll explain why.Blurb: Asher and Sidney have vacationed and pranked each other for years, but it isn’t until they decide to call a truce and turn their pranks onto a mutual enemy that the two start to show their true feelings.“Meet Me at Midnight” is an enemies to lov I just finished “Meet Me at Midnight” by Jessica Pennington and my thoughts are all over the place. I really loved this and then sometimes I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. I have a love/hate relationship with this book and I’ll explain why.Blurb: Asher and Sidney have vacationed and pranked each other for years, but it isn’t until they decide to call a truce and turn their pranks onto a mutual enemy that the two start to show their true feelings.“Meet Me at Midnight” is an enemies to lovers slowest, slow burn YA romance with a touch of angst and whole lot of self-sabotage. There were a lot of positives and negatives about this book and I’ll just break it down for you.POSITIVES:•Asher makes this book. He’s sweet, thoughtful, kind, endearing. I almost gave the book four stars just because of Asher.•The prank war premise was interesting.•Sidney and Asher’s chemistry is undeniable. I loved reading about their innocent young love.NEGATIVES:•This book felt really long, only because I think it took a good portion of the book to get to the actual romance.•Sidney drove me crazy. She constantly doubted everything and her teenage insecurity, was understandable, but annoying at times. I kept thinking, get it together girl. This guy really likes you.•The ending was good, but not great. I needed more comfort after so much angst.So with all that being said, this was an interesting read for me. One character alone made me want to give this a four star, but I think in the end I needed just a little less self-doubt from Sidney and a lot more romance from an earlier point.Thanks @netgalley and @torteen for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!
    more
  • Chance (temporary.escaper)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for approving me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book had everything I could ever want in a romance! Enemies to lovers + summer love at a lake house vacation = me in a puddle by the end of the book. Jessica Pennington wrote a romance that has you rooting for it from page 1, with perfect pacing, and secrets that make you melt. I normally don’t go for Ya romance because the characters are too immature, but Asher and Sidney are so fun and fres Thank you to NetGalley for approving me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book had everything I could ever want in a romance! Enemies to lovers + summer love at a lake house vacation = me in a puddle by the end of the book. Jessica Pennington wrote a romance that has you rooting for it from page 1, with perfect pacing, and secrets that make you melt. I normally don’t go for Ya romance because the characters are too immature, but Asher and Sidney are so fun and fresh. Their banter and pranks make them the perfect team. Sidney is meticulous and independent. Asher is goofy and adorable. I can’t wait to have this book in person on my shelf to reread at my lake house!
    more
  • Justin Turczak
    January 1, 1970
    A very easy read with some funny moments and love the whole summer vibe and town. So if want a fun summer time book suggest this for you and I love the small flare of sports added in since I do like sports romances but this is tad different.
  • Kierstin Carnahan
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book. It was the perfect beach read. It was a cute romance read. I resonated with Sydney and Asher's relationship and how everyone around them knew they'd end up together and how they were "friends"/knew each other a long time before getting officially together. I also liked how they matured and grew through their relationship. I appreciated them breaking up, going to college, learning more about themselves, and then coming back together. One of the dreams of my life is to have a su I LOVED this book. It was the perfect beach read. It was a cute romance read. I resonated with Sydney and Asher's relationship and how everyone around them knew they'd end up together and how they were "friends"/knew each other a long time before getting officially together. I also liked how they matured and grew through their relationship. I appreciated them breaking up, going to college, learning more about themselves, and then coming back together. One of the dreams of my life is to have a summer lake house. This is a story of growth, friendship, and love.I received this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
    more
  • Kali Cole
    January 1, 1970
    I think out of all of Jessica Pennington’s books, this one is my favorite! I definitely think this is one of my favorite reads of the year!
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Since Jessica Pennington released her debut, Love Songs and Other Lies, I have been a fan of her books. Love Songs was exactly my kind of story with love hate and a road trip, okay, music tour, and amazing characters, and her sophomore book, When Summer Ends, was a fantastic mix chemistry and sports and This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Since Jessica Pennington released her debut, Love Songs and Other Lies, I have been a fan of her books. Love Songs was exactly my kind of story with love hate and a road trip, okay, music tour, and amazing characters, and her sophomore book, When Summer Ends, was a fantastic mix chemistry and sports and summer. I enjoyed both of them so much I couldn’t wait to meet her new characters in Meet Me at Midnight and let me tell you Jessica did not disappoint. Meet Me at Midnight was by far Pennington’s best work and you can feel her love for the story and the characters when you read it.Meet Me at Midnight is about Sidney and Asher, two star swimmers that have spent their summers being neighbors and pranking each other for years. When it is finally the summer of their senior year they go too far and fins themselves in uncharted territory. Instead of being neighbors they end up staying in the same house. After years of pranking each other they decide it’s time to work together and prank the person that got them into this mess. But as the summer goes one Sidney and Asher realize things between them aren’t so black and white and that there may be something more behind their 6 years messing with each other.What did I love most about Meet Me at Midnight? HOLY CHEMISTRY BATMAN! Sidney and Asher had some of the best chemistry I have seen written by Jessica. From page one you could see Asher was doing everything he could to get under Sidney’s skin. It was essentially like he was pulling her pigtails as a child to get her attention, and she was so clueless. They had that hate to love dynamic thing going on and it was oh so perfect. It was so easy to believe how they felt for each other and to understand how things went downhill for them. They were the perfect pair when they worked together yet also still had fun with each other. Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect book to get you in the mood for summer or to make you yearn for those lazy days when you had not a care in the world. In you love hate to love, summer swoon romances this book is for you. I highly recommend reading all of Jessica’s books, but if you only pick up one to start Meet Me at Midnight is a great choice!
    more
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an entertaining read as a whole, even if a little bit predictable, exactly what I expected from this kind of story. If you're into summer-feels, hate-to-love romances, you should love this one !Read my full review of Meet Me At Midnight on the blog!Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin' This was such an entertaining read as a whole, even if a little bit predictable, exactly what I expected from this kind of story. If you're into summer-feels, hate-to-love romances, you should love this one !Read my full review of Meet Me At Midnight on the blog!Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'
    more
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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! 
    more
  • Candyce Kirk
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect summer read and makes me wish I was sitting at the lake on a nice sunny day right now. The world is a crazy place at the moment and a book like this is the perfect escape. Jessica Pennington wrote such a fun enemies to lovers story and left me wanting more.Our main characters Sidney and Asher have been spending the summer together for quite a few years, because their families vacation together at the same lake houses for quite some time. These summers have been Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect summer read and makes me wish I was sitting at the lake on a nice sunny day right now. The world is a crazy place at the moment and a book like this is the perfect escape. Jessica Pennington wrote such a fun enemies to lovers story and left me wanting more.Our main characters Sidney and Asher have been spending the summer together for quite a few years, because their families vacation together at the same lake houses for quite some time. These summers have been filled with pranks and not leaving each other alone. I have to say these pranks made me laugh: Kool-aid in the shower, lemonade on bed sheets and so many other things. Let's say these two put thought in teasing each other. That is until the pranking goes too far.Once the families are forced to live together, things change and a truce is called. Sidney and Asher slowly start working together, even if it takes time. I think this was my favorite part of the book. Both of their characters start to change and feelings start to develop. Maybe they don't have to be enemies? It was refreshing that there was already a lot of history and that glimpses in the past showed us more of these characters.Asher and Sidney were an interesting duo. This summer was full of change, because they were headed off to college. What would happen after this year? It was fun to see both characters slowly deveop and open up. Even if Sidney really got on my nerves quite often. She really runs from her emotions and while part of me understands her, at times it rubbed me the wrong way, haha. Sidney's character is consistent throughout the book, so that's why it didn't have any affect on my rating.Asher was my favorite character from the start. Even if he seemed a bit full of himself, there was so much more. To me he was a perfect book boyfriend. Asher was sweet, sensitive and pretty romantic. I loved how much he tried fighting for love no matter how hard he got pushed away. For Asher this summer was more than just pranking. It was also time for him to stand up to his father and say what he wants. All in all, Meet Me at Midnight was such a fast and fun read! I definitely see myself re-reading this in the future! Maybe on the beach with the sun shining!
    more
  • Ruby Rae Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley & Tor Teen for this eARC!!my heart is squealing with giddiness and adorable feelings and I am now vicariously living through this romance okay bye.Omg did I just devour this book in literally 24 hours? Now I'm sitting not knowing what to do with myself since I'm no longer caught up in the Sidney/Asher fiasco ahhh. I literally just want to reread all of my favourite scenes. Which is a very good sign.Literally had THE BEST TIME with this little book. SO. MUCH. FUN.Definitely no Thanks to Netgalley & Tor Teen for this eARC!!my heart is squealing with giddiness and adorable feelings and I am now vicariously living through this romance okay bye.Omg did I just devour this book in literally 24 hours? Now I'm sitting not knowing what to do with myself since I'm no longer caught up in the Sidney/Asher fiasco ahhh. I literally just want to reread all of my favourite scenes. Which is a very good sign.Literally had THE BEST TIME with this little book. SO. MUCH. FUN.Definitely not perfect, the plot isn't the best. And the characters are idiots most of the time, but those are my kinds of characters. I also apparently have a soft spot for swimmer romances I think.Just ugh can I not get a longer epilogue? Please and thank you!!
    more
Write a review