Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington | Book Review

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Meet Me at Midnight is a YA summer romance packed with all of the genre’s best tropes. Pranks, enemies-to-lovers arcs, and sweet gestures galore, this book has everything! This is the kind of story that’s easy to fall in love with.

What’s a summer romance without a house by the lake? Sidney and Asher’s families have been spending all summer in their adjacent rented lake houses for years. Pennington strikes all the right notes when it comes to setting. Meet Me at Midnight’s small-town adventures and lake swims are crystal clear and 100% summer. Even as a reader who has never visited an American lake house (someday!), it was easy to picture Sidney and Asher’s world.

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Sidney is a type A perfectionist. Asher is cool, calm, and easygoing. But neither of them is quite who they usually would be when faced with the other. Meet Me at Midnight’s plot centres around the prank war, and subsequent truce, that Sidney and Asher have been fighting every year since the first year they spent the summer together at the lake. Pennington’s characters feel real and relatable. Even when they are outrageous and out of control, taking their pranks much too far, they maintain their likability—both of them. Dual perspectives make it easy to understand both Sidney and Asher’s often contradicting points of view. Great character development keeps the story moving forward.

Meet Me at Midnight is a coming-of-age story, focusing on themes of growing up, falling in love, and discovering who we are. But if summer is a theme—which I think it should be—this book definitely has it printed on every page too!

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I’d recommend Meet Me at Midnight to fans of The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen and Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer.

Meet Me at Midnight isn’t Jessica’s Pennington’s first book! Jessica is also the author of Love Songs and Other Lies and When Summer Ends. You can stay up to date with Jessica on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can pick up your copy of Meet Me at Midnight from BooktopiaBook DepositoryDymocks, or QBD, or you could support a local bookstore. You can also check it out on Goodreads.

Thank you to NetGalley and Tom Doherty Associates for providing me with this digital arc.

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Title: Meet Me at Midnight

Author: Jessica Pennington

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates


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 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.

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