Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Book Review: Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Meet Me at Midnight
By: Jessica Pennington
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
Book Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

Meet Me at Midnight was such a fun reading adventure.  It took me to the lake, and I was enjoying summer, the refreshing water, and the interesting dynamic between Sidney and Asher.

Readers are rewarded with an entertaining story narrated by both Sidney and Asher in first person.  These two have been vacationing together every summer for eight weeks, since they were thirteen, and this is the summer before they go off to college..  Their mothers are best of friends, and their families are extremely close.  Sidney goes through boyfriends really quickly, and they never seem to make it past ten days, because she finds something wrong with them, and gets easily bored.

Sidney and Asher have an epic prank war every summer, that they look forward to and start to make plans for all year long.  It was fun seeing them trying to always one up each other!  When Sidney goes too far with one of her pranks, she gets both of their families kicked out of their rentals. Asher proposes that the two of them join forces, by pranking the landlord that kicked their families out.  This along with their families being forced to share a rental, becomes the catalyst for the two of them growing closer.to one another.  

Asher embraces his feelings for Sidney, but she is scared of getting her heart broken.  They agree to go on four dates with one another to see if they are meant to be together, or should go their separate ways.  However, Sidney overthinks everything, and every time they start to get close, or share a special moment, she panics, backs away, and avoids him.  Can Asher push past her walls, and in to her heart, or will he be the one left behind with a broken heart?

Meet Me at Midnight was the perfect book for me to read at such a chaotic and stressful time in my life.  It was fun, light, entertaining, and enjoyable, I loved how caring, thoughtful and sweet Asher was to Sidney. He made me swoon with how he treated Sidney, and I loved getting the history between the two of them.  I liked Sidney too.  I felt bad for her, and the way she demanded perfection from herself.  She was a planner, list maker, and over thinker like me.  Asher acted more on impulse, and wasn't overly serious like Sidney was.  They balanced each other out.  I got frustrated with the way Sidney repeatedly pushed Asher away, and was so quick to give up on him, or believe the worst about him.  However, as the story progressed, we saw her grow and mature.

I enjoyed Sidney and Asher's romance, how they knew each other so well, and fit together perfectly.  If you are looking for an easy going, fun, light, and entertaining read, look no further!  Meet Me at Midnight is a great read!

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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. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. She is the author of Love Songs & Other Lies, and When Summer Ends (April 2019). Find Jessica on twitter at @jessnpennington and IG @jessicapennington

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  1. I have to say, this book got better for me, when the pranks stopped. Asher was pretty gooey kind of guy. He had swoon, and I liked when they were all gooey together. I also was a fan of the story going beyond the summer. It was cool getting to see that part of their lives too

    1. I enjoyed the story going beyond the summer too :). I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author!

  2. Sounds like the perfect summer read, I definitely need to add this to my list. Love those light fun books.

    great review


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