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Sometime After Midnight

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  165 reviews
"A fun, swoony, and romantic novel that honestly expresses the trials and tribulations of finding the right one." --BuzzFeed on L. Philips's Perfect Ten

Late one night in a dingy Los Angeles club, Nate and Cameron meet and discover they have much more in common than their love of an obscure indie band. But when Nate learns that Cameron is the heir to a soul-sucking record
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sep 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
a modern m/m Cinderella retelling AHHHHHH this sounds so cute i might die. And Cinderella was and will always be my favorite Disney movie. Im so damn excited for this my hands are SHAKING
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This was the perfect "Cinderfella" novel that I didn't know I wanted! I didn't really know what to expect with this read and I'm happily pleased with it.

This was a cute and fun read but actually incorporated quite a bit of heavy content. Prior to reading this novel, I had predicted that this would be an emotional read thinking that it would be a coming out story. That actually was not the emotional part because these characters were both actively out. I don't know why but I actually really
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
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dear God, this book was so much more than i bargained for in the best possible way. Sometime After Midnight is definitely the kind of book to read when youre in a mood so specific that i hardly even know what i should call it. if youre ever feeling sad and want a warm hug. if youre
Not the right book for me. DNF @ 20%
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be - sweet, funny, well-written, and full of music that made me want to plug in my headphones and fall into the melodies and lyrics that move me. It reminded me occasionally of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but it had a lovely Cinderella-feel all its own. Both boys are adorable, the sidekicks are wonderful, and it just makes you smile. And let me just say that when I'm willing to stay up to finish a teen-centric novel sometime after midnight (see ...more
It wasn't as good as L. Philips's Perfect Ten, but I still enjoyed it. No regrets in reading it.
I was expecting to love this because how could a modern Cinderella story with two guys, that's been compared to a book I remember enjoying go wrong?

Sit tight and let me tell ya.

Trigger/content warnings for slight stalking, doxxing, ableism, fatphobia, toxic masculinity, discussions and descriptions of suicide


I cannot stand Nate. I'm supposed to feel for him and root for him and love him, but he's just such an asshole. Sorry, but the fact that his dad committed suicide doesn't give him a
Vicky Who Reads
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Hot damn.

This book was great. It was wonderful. It was such a lovely twist on tropes that are nearing the end of their lifespan.

I really enjoyed reading this one, and it was such a bundle of fun, I couldn't help but enjoy.

It was like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but better and wayyy more queer. It was more exciting, less try-hard-quirky, and had enough tropes to pull you in but not too much to push you out.

I mean, this was basically made for me. It combines all my favorite tropes
Kyle Kerr
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book overall. What I especially appreciated was a gay book that had nothing to do with BEING GAY. No one had a problem with the main characters being gay, they had no anxiety about being gay themselves; it was just another aspect of their lives and nothing more. And that is so refreshing to read.

The story of two musicians finding their missing piece in each other was also great, as was the mystery of Nate's father's death and how Cam's family (his own father, in particular) may have
Kathy - Books & Munches
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to figure out where to start my review on this one because there are so many things I liked about it. I read this book of nearly 400 pages in barely two days. I couldn't stop reading. The story simply flowed and I loved that.

Then we have our two main characters, Nate and Cameron. Sometime After Midnight is written from both their perspectives and that adds so much to the story.
We see how Nate struggles with losing his father, how that impacts his views, principles and overall
Danielle Chambers
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, ebooks, arc
Aw, this book was so cute. I really, really loved Nate and Cameron. They were both so adorable and geeky.

The one problem I had with the book is a fault of my own. I have zero knowledge of music and there is a lot of music references and talk in this book. So, therefore, a lot of those parts went over my head. But the character and main story were good enough that I still loved the book.

I was happy about the lgbt representation in this book. I was pleasantly surprised about mental illness being
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has the potential to be an amazing story and instead fell flat for me. While I did like the concept, I felt as though the delivery was lack luster. I didn't love any of the characters and there needed to be more kissing. None of the plot lines ever truly felt like the got wrapped up, and I felt that everything was too easy for the characters, especially towards the end. Overall not terrible, but a disappointment nonetheless.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, lgbt-mm
I have zero strong feelings here.

Whos it about?
Nate, son of a talented guitar player, and Cameron, son of a record label.

Wheres it set?
Los Angeles

Whats it about?
Nate is the son of a legendary guitar player who never managed to release an album before the pressure of his record label, Paradise, allegedly drove him to suicide. Cameron is the son of Paradise's president and harbours a dream of singing professionally. The two meet by chance and find their music styles perfectly align.

Romance Factor
Sam Barnes
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow... this was everything i wanted. i loved how l philips explored deeper topics in this book, and im so incredibly excited for her next book. my only problem was that i feel like problems were resolved a bit too easily, but im happy too let that slide because the book was so goddamn cute. ...more
Tom (T.J. Reads the Stars)
DNFd this one.

Sooooo many issues...
First of all, this book needed content warnings for suicide that were NOT given. I was really unpleasantly caught of guard. Second, it was too long and overwritten. Third, the writing itself was flat and one-dimensional in every way. Fourth, NOTHING in this story felt believable. Even if the premise and the situations the characters find themselves in were far-fetched, the believability of those characters and their relationships could have made this book
this was basically fanfiction that fifteen year old me would have LOVED so I'm not mad about it
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luv, ficlike, lgbtqia
Well. This book turned me into a bitter pterodactyl; I barked and squawked with exasperation more times than I could count. L. Philips has Definitely written some fan fiction in her time because this is one of the ficciest fic premises Ive read in ages. So many elements felt heavy handed and the amount of convenient plot allowances were UNBELIEVABLE and a little bit agonizing.

However. I know that 14, 15 year old me would have been allll over this. All of the precocious musical references,
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay mcs

it definitely wasn't bad - actually, it's pretty well written - but honestly i just don't understand how u could take this premise & make out of it a book this boring?? god, it just truly goes on forever !!

i really appreciate the effort put into making the m/m relationship so wholesome, tho

there's a lot of talk abt mental health here, or more precisely - lack thereof. frankly, the whole book somewhat hinges on it. but there's also surprisingly little conflict. and while it makes
Trigger warnings: fatphobia, mention of mental illness (schizophrenia), mention and description of suicide

This was the first book Ive enjoyed in a long long time, even though it wasnt perfect. I really liked the characters and kept guessing what would be the big reveal but I didnt expect what it was. Also its more Romeo & Juliet than Cinderella in my opinion, more enemies to lovers, which is one of my favorite tropes. All in all, I enjoyed the romance part and was rooting for the main
This book was so incredibly fun and cute! I just absolutely adored the characters, and the romance was the sweetest! RTC.
Luke Reynolds
ARC Review (6/3/18, received courtesy of Sarah Prineas)

There was this moment where Nate wanted to go into hiding because the paparazzi attention was too much after the show picture went viral, and I had to put the book down because that didnt make sense to me at all. How does he so easily become a roadie for a band after that?

I feel like this book didnt have the most realistic portrayal of the music industry, but you win some, you lose some, I guess. There was also some faint judgment towards
Zoe T
Realistically probably a 2.5 or so - its essentially a competently written Disney Channel Original Movie with a little more rl serious aspects. I think my problem is that it didnt actually feel like a book about music although that was ostensibly what its largely about - musician names are dropped like buzzwords but nothing ever gets delved into deeply. In general it felt very pretty but not deep at all, with pretty much all of the characters being extremely one dimensional, including the ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, mlm
Actual rating: 3.5

This was just the right amount. I've read my fair share of Cinderella retellings but this was still refreshing enough, and the setting was really fun. There was a nice balance of angst, fluff and hate to love. As far as romcoms go, this was a great one! I'm actually thinking it would be awesome as a movie as well.

I did have a few issues regarding some problematic language, but nothing that impacted the story.

CWs: fatphobia (not addressed), ableist language (not addressed),
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These characters read way older than they are to me but aside from that I thought this was a fun read.
Kait(lyn) ✨
Actual rating 3.5

I like romance.
Victor merely shakes his head. No, you dont. You like structure, and stability, and a good dose of all those things practical.

PLOT ---
As much as it was introduced as a sort of Cinderella retelling, this had only the fact that they met, connected, and then one left leaving behind only the picture of his shoes. The rest was so far from being similar to Cinderella that I forgot about it. Nate and Camerons story about how they met, how Nate starts avoiding Cameron after learning who
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
A super fun, modern retelling of Cinderella with a touch of Romeo and Juliet. When Nate meets the cute boy at the night club, he doesn't realize that it is Cameron Pierce, heir to the Pierce music dynasty. Nate always blamed Cameron's father for the destruction of his own father's musical career. As Nate runs from the scene, Cameron snaps a quick picture of Nate's sharpie decorated high tops. When Cameron's twin sister posts the picture online, the hunt for Nate begins. Told in alternating ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book on the 3 hour train ride from where I go to uni to back home. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately so I thought I would just bring one book with me, looking back I should have brought more books (luckily I didn't bring every book I own with me to uni so I have some books), because I could not put it down.

So if you are looking for an easy, fast and cute read I would totally recommend this one. I loved this book :)
Leanne Jones
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
TW suicide, serious mental illness, invasion of privacy

I didn't enjoy this as much as Philip's other book, Perfect Ten. But it was a well told story. Not a whole lot of Cinderfella in it, though. I enjoyed the music parts, and wish there were more.
Review to come, but that was delightful
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The pen name for Laura Wettersten who lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs. She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when shes not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns. Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases ...more

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