Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: March 22-24, 2020
Format: eARC provided by Publisher through NetGalley
“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.”
This was such a fun YA Contemporary Romance! This is the story of Sidney and Asher–two teens who are forced to spend every summer together with their parents on a lake. Sid and Asher spend their summer days finding new ways to prank and ultimately out-do the other. This summer, however, their plans are thrown in jeopardy when one of their pranks causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake house rentals. Once they get into their new rental, Asher proposes a truce, and to join forces to prank the woman who kicked them out. They think that the truce will make the summer easier, but have to face the music–six years of pranks, and the reason behind why it all started, are really hard to ignore.
I really thought this was such a well done book. There were parts that had me laughing out loud, and other parts that were more serious. I really loved the “enemies” to lovers vibe of this book, and the banter between Sidney and Asher was very well written. Sometimes YA can seem TOO YA, in that the dialogue is cheesy, or everything is insta-love, but ‘Meet Me at Midnight’ was neither of those things. I enjoyed the level of maturity that eventually showed through in these characters, and how Pennington truly made you love and relate to them. They were so well written and came off the page like they were real. I also really enjoyed the flashbacks that were trickled throughout the story, and how they lead up to why they “hate” each other in the first place.
Overall I think if you like Contemporary Romance, you would enjoy this story. I was very impressed, and will definitely be checking out Pennington’s other works.
Much thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the advanced e-copy of the book in exchange only for my honest thoughts and review.