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Together at Midnight

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,675 ratings  ·  331 reviews
What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday se ...more
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Published January 2nd 2018 by HarperTeen
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♛ may
Things I Hate:
- Stepping into a puddle of water AFTER I PUT ON BRAND NEW SOCKS
- Love triangles

And yet somehow I managed to love this book despite the very evident love triangle. Who have I become?

I feel like this book would be the kind of contemporary I would write (if I ever finished any WIPs) bc I’ve had a slightly similar idea and so automatically I’m going to be biased kidding but idk reading these KIND of cute contemporaries just make my heart sigh

Also it takes place in winter, so you
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
can't stop reading contemporaries / won't stop reading contemporaries.

this is a pretty good one! it's about this couple of beautiful teens with a ~complicated past~ (facebook relationship status: it's complicated) who witness something terrible and then embark on A Quest to do some random acts of kindness. pretty cool.

the upsides:
- kendall (who i almost just called "auburn" because of how often her hair is described as being auburn WE GET IT SHE'S A REDHEAD) can be kind of cool
- there are fun f
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I put my toes on the tip of the curb and look down and think maybe a cliff is no different than a street corner. Sometimes you just have to take a step, and sometimes you have to take a leap, and either way, all that really matters is that you’re not standing still.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a guy and girl who wanted to complete seven random acts of kindness before New Year’s Day i
lily ☁️
May 04, 2018 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tolino, young-adult
I’m starting this book three days late, oops. But better late than never?

// buddy read with Yusra

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May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
so that sucked
it was honestly so cliché and piled with annoying POV shifts that I wish I cared about but uh,,, I do not ?? the writing was choppy and bland, the characters were all boring... gosh it was so cheesy and not in a good way.
maybe maybe review to come where I spill the tea on my favs here, Kendall & Maxie
(no really his girlfriend really calls him Maxie) (and he replies)

finally a successful buddy read with Lily ☁️
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Together at Midnight is a standalone YA contemporary novel. This is my first book by this author.

I loved that this book was set in New York City. I loved that this book was set around the holidays. It made this the perfect book to read right now.

This book has a bunch of 1st person narrators. But the main two narrators are Kendall and Max. Kendall (17/18) is a senior in high school. And Max (18) has just graduated high school.

Kendall has just returned home from a few months in Europe. Max has dec
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, fav-authors
Jennifer Castle won me over with her debut novel The Beginning of After way back when. So when the chance arose to read and review her latest YA, Together At Midnight, I jumped at the opportunity. The cover was gorgeous, the storyline sounded interesting, and it took place during the holiday season - the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be exact. Simply put, I couldn’t wait to dive in! Thankfully, Together at Midnight is another must read by Jennifer.

When Max and Kendall witness a terri
Jen Ryland
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually struggle with realistic fiction that features more than two narrators, but this book really pleased me - a great first read of 2018!

Find my full review of Together at Midnight here.

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I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arcs
I thought this book was going to be about two people committing random acts of kindness around NYC, but it was about so much more. It was about relationships, finding your passion, and finding yourself.

•Pro: I found both Kendall and Max very likable and relatable. Both had great personal qualities, and I would love to have either of them as my friend. I found myself rooting for them both equally as they struggled with the big question of what to do next.

•Pro: Speaking of that big question, I en
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Oh what a lovely little story this was. I loved the focus on doing RAKs - random acts of kindness. I mean we called all serve to do more of them ourselves and help make the world a little bit of a kinder place. What a wonderful message to have in a book.

Besides that, I really enjoyed the characters Kendall and Max. They each had their own stuff going on and circumstances bring them together again during the days before New Year's. We see how this time together really bonds them and leads
Together at Midnight was definitely a different read than what I was expecting it to be, Castle’s way of giving us the story completely won me over. You could say I wasn’t really expecting much with Kendall and Max setting themselves to perform random acts of kindness, anyone could do this right? But what would you even class as a random act of kindness, how would you know you’re even helping someone? This ended up being one tough act to complete, you may be trying to help an individual, but may ...more
Kali Cole
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the message that this book had. I especially appreciate the realism that this book presented. There wasn't any sugar coating, it was all raw story. The fact that this was mostly revolving around acts of kindness really stood out to me because in today's world, we find it harder to perform acts of kindness because it could come off in a weird or creepy way. It's hard to try to help a stranger because everyone has grown so reserved in their own space that strangers are not welcome o ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really surprising read. I was a little bit skeptical going in because the synopsis sounded a wee bit preachy but the story was just very thought provoking. I loved the dynamic between the two protagonists the most, and how their relationship and friendship is one where they both depended on and helped each other during difficult moments.

I liked the open-ended nature of the novel as well and how there’s a hint of “anything can happen”. I also enjoyed reading from the perspective (on o
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I'm glad Together at Midnight is being published during winter because it's perfect for that time of the year. New York, during the last couple of days of December, two people and a couple of strangers. It was perfect.

The way Jennifer Castle writes is just atmospheric. If you are on a lookout for a cozy winter read, look no further.
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I was anticipating this book for a couple of weeks and the moment it was released I started reading .. and finished it in one sitting .. literally
it was a fun ride and I really enjoyed the acts of kindness and how it affected people in many ways that you don't expect, so the book talks about these two people Max and Kendall who witness an accident and feel so guilty about it that they start a dare to do random acts of kindness for strangers and the plot picks up from there .. it was a nice emot
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I really enjoyed this one! It was very heartwarming, and basically adorable. I don't do fluffy often, but when I do, this is how I want it to be. There was a lot of focus on family, which was great. I definitely shipped the particular two people who I wanted to end up together at the end. I loved that the main characters were on an adventure to do acts of kindness around New York. I mean
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
As 2018 draws to a close, what better read to end off with than Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle? This book is so touching as it tells the story of two people doing random acts of kindness at New Year’s. I enjoyed the main characters and their complexity, and the short chapters from the people they help add depth to the story. Fans of books like Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares will love this influential story.

Full Review on The Candid Cover
I’m stepping away from my usual genre to buddy read this. It’s YA and short and sweet but not really fluffy. The characters definitely act their ages. The immaturity put me off at first, but I got used to it, and I am tired of seeing supposed 17-year-olds acting like their 30.

It’s first person present tense (automatic half-star deduction!) with a lot of shifting POVs. I couldn’t keep track of whose mind I was in after a while; it got too tiring to keep track. The main characters, Max and Kendall
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Together at Midnight, by Jennifer Castle, via Edelweiss+.
Sometimes you have to take a step, and sometimes you have to take a leap, and either way, all that really matters is that you're not standing still

Together at Midnight is about making choices: good, bad, and indifferent. Everyone in this novel is making a choice. Every. One. There is no escaping the choices made, but the consequences of said choices are always made clear to the reader--even when the main characters ar
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-2018
Jennifer Castle is such a quietly strong voice in the YA community today. This is my third novel of her’s to read & once again I’m wow’ed by the beauty of her storytelling.

For fans of books set in New York City, throw in the holiday season, plus a task at hand for two misguided teens — you’ll want to read this novel!
Reviews May Vary
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You guys! I just loved this book! I think it's my first straight- to- the- #MustRead-shelf book of 2018. Great for a teen book discussion group. #RocTBF2018 #YALit ...more
Kaylee Gwyn (literarypengwyns)
I’m SO SO glad this was my first book of 2018. This book had an incredibly honest and hopeful story about friendships, loss, love and what it means to be kind and to help others. Told from alternating POVS, the story follows Kendall and Max as they face a turning point in each of their lives. They witness a tragic accident that completely shakes their current life path and they embark on a series of Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) to help ease their guilty consciences and to force theirselves out ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Together At Midnight was freakin' adorable! I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did because I'm sometimes a bit iffy about contemporary books, especially ones set around the holidays. I'm not sure why. I think Dash & Lily's Book of Dares put me off because I hated that one. So I was putting off reading Together At Midnight, which was silly because it's a really good book.

I loved the random acts of kindness that the main characters took part in. It was really lovely. I enjoyed seeing how t
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can also read this review on my blog (with much better formatting!).

Together at Midnight is a YA contemporary romance about two teens who take on a challenge to complete seven random acts of kindness before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s in New York City. The book takes place over the course of one week.

"Kindness isn't objective, you know. One person's kindness is another person's intrusion."

I’m awfully picky with my review books these days since I don’t read as much as I used
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 2/21/18 & full review as posted 4/30/18:: 3.5 stars
So when I first added this book to my TBR, the synopsis for this book was… not this. I thought this was cute and fluffy and feel-good and I still had that impression in my mind before I started reading it. I don’t usually got back and read synopses before I start a book because sometimes things are updated that include the most mild of spoilers and I really like going into books relatively blind, so it would have been helpfu
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
If I use the GR rating system, this was an "It was ok" read but 2 stars looks bad. It really was an ok read. Nothing special for me about this one. It felt like another version of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares except random acts of kindness. And the ending was totally more like The Sun Is Also a Star so I felt it had all been done before.

Meh is the best I can say.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, reads-of-2017
This was the perfect Christmas-time read. Holiday vibes, cutesy romances, and a quirky and engaging plot that made this the kind of book to curl around and binge read in front of a fireplace and snow logged windows. Bonus points for not crossing the line of cute romance to airheaded romance. Props.

Full review to come!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Together At Midnight is an inspiring YA novel - romantic, but also so much more about kindness, society, and being brave enough to step outside yourself to help others.

Kendall, just home from a year studying abroad, doesn't want to resume her regular life, including returning to her old high school. So she flees to New York to stay with her brother and reconnect with an old friend-and unrequited crush-hoping that the past months talking online mean there is a chance for a romantic future. She do
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picked this up because I’m doing the #24in48 readathon, but had to leave the house to meet a friend, so I couldn’t keep reading the other book I’m currently working through on my laptop and I didn’t want to put it down.

This novel takes place over the course of eight days, from Dec. 26th to January, 2nd, and yes, Together at Midnight does refer to NYE in NYC. Because why wouldn’t it?

It’s a story about Max and Kendall. Two teens who kissed a few months ago while he was consoling her after anothe
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
An enjoyable contemporary light read.

We’re introduced to Max and Kendall, who set out to achieve seven random acts of kindness to overcome the guilt of being the bystander of an unfortunate bus accident.

I love the vibe of this book—winter in New York. As a person who favours tropical weather over winter and cultural settings over busy cities, I applaud how this book sets a comfortable setting much to the extent of I want to be there with Max and Kendall. Emerson, the gay big brother of Kendall m
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Jennifer Castle received her B.A. in Creative Writing at Brown University and worked as a celebrity publicist’s assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a struggling screenwriter (yes, that’s an actual job) before falling into a niche producing websites for kids and teens. Her debut, THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection as well as a Chicago Public Libra ...more

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