Meet Me at Midnight
by Jessica Pennington
Published by Tor Teen
Released on April 7th, 2020
YA FICTION—Romance, Comedy, Contemporary
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 RECEIVED A PHYSICAL GALLEY IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*
And yet again, Jessica Pennington has released to us a contemporary we didn’t realize we were missing.
As someone who is a big fan of Jess’s books, I can confidently say that the first time I tried reading this, I was relieved that it wasn’t the book and it was me. I hadn’t been in the mood or ready to read MMAM, so I put it down.
However, picking it up a few days ago after prepping myself for a nice contemporary definitely helped get me into the mood for Jess’s third book.
Meet Me at Midnight is a book we all wish we could’ve lived through at some point in our lives. This book follows after two characters–Sidney and Asher–who have been consistently pranking each other for four years and have built a serious rivalry.
Something I found immediately after starting the book was the tension between the two characters. When reading and finding something like this, it really sets up for some awesome character development, and Jess did not disappoint. Throughout the book, this animosity was addressed and came to a halting point where the true underlying scenes and emotions came unhidden and exposed.
One thing I always like seeing from Jess’s books is how she continues the scenery of a place we all know and love. She makes small mentions to her previous main characters in her other books but keeps the story focused on these two.
However, there were a few things that stuck out to me that I’m a little iffy over.
This book is really long for being 340 pages. I felt like I was reading two books in one, and it made me feel bored during the “in-between” chapters. Another thing that bugged me was the random POV switches throughout the chapters. It kind of threw me for a loop and made it a little harder to follow along with the dialogue and story. It also became a bit choppy in places because of that.
Overall, though, I really did enjoy this book. Jess always manages to pull me out of whatever slump I’m in, and I love having that experience from her books. For that, I rate MMAM 4 stars. I look forward to her next release, which y’all will be hearing a bit about on my next tour stop on Monday, next week!
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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