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Meet Me at Midnight

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Teen
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sarah xoxo
Jan 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to Tor Teen for the ARC

Release Date: 7 April 2020
Caitlin Reads
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a really cute and fun read! It’s like a young adult version of The Hating Game! Sidney and Asher’s families rented houses every summer next to each other at the lake. Sidney and Asher both lived to torment and tease each other. Some of their pranks were pretty hilarious. Their pranks and antics end up getting them kicked out of their houses and lands them in one house. They team up together to prank the woman who kicked them out of their houses and begin to realize their true ...more
Jaime Arkin
How much do I hate Jessica Pennington? Negative 1 million! This book is absolute perfection and I loved every second of it! Get this preordered my friends - you will love it!!
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
review on my blog

"Sidney Walters is a proverbial ray of sunshine-with everyone but me."

Sidney and Asher have one peaceful summer at age fourteen before a battle of pranks ensues for the next four years. Shampoo bottles are replaced with Kool-Aid, flip flops are glued to decks, and floors are covered in mayonnaise. However, after one too many childish pranks, Asher and Sidney’s families are asked to leave their rental home by the owner, and they all move into a new place. The two decide to
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Got approved for an ARC! Thank you Tor Teen for the opportunity. ...more
Jessica Pennington
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 6/26: We have a cover and a shiny new synopsis! I hope you love it! (share your thoughts by commenting on my 'review' if you like!) ENTER TO WIN 1 OF 10 ARCS HERE (ends Aug 25, 2019. US only)

Obviously I'm a little partial to this book. Partly because I'm a total sucker for a love-to-hate romcom, and partly because, well, I wrote it. I had a ton of fun writing about these two snarky weirdos and their summer shenanigans (and swoons), so I hope you love it!

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Janelle Hackbarth
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs
I got an advanced copy from Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review. This is only the second book I've read by the author, the first being "When Summer Ends", another book I was given an advanced copy of for a review.

Surprisingly, the story takes place in the same town as the prior story I mentioned above. This time, Sidney and Asher vacation there with their families every year, and for years have been pranking each other. But when their pranks go too far and get them kicked out of
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I so badly wanted to love this! Sidney and Asher have spent every summer together since they were 12/13 years old, their parents are best friends. After that first summer though, they have been in a battle of wits. Each one trying to outdo the other with pranks. Sounds cute and fun, right? Well, the first half was but the 2nd half lost its luster for me. By that time, it became strictly a love story, which would have been fine but I wanted more pranks and intense moments between them. The second ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was the first by Jessica Pennington, but I can tell you, it won't be the last. Initially, I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover, and by the synopsis. I love enemies to lover books, and the idea that the two main characters, Sidney and Asher have spent most of their summers together at the lake house was something I wasn't willing to pass up the opportunity to read.

For years, Sidney
Born To Read
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sidney and Asher spend their summer holidays together because their parents are friends. Their first summer together, their relationship used to be good. But they started to prank each other. Their pranks escalated until one of them is the last straw. And they are kicked from the lake house they have been staying all this summers.
Forced to live in the same house now, they decide to call a truce. And that's the moment when they
Jill Hart
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of Pennington's yet. I've loved all of them, but Meet Me at Midnight stands out in a way I can't quite put words to. I think part of it is the growth in Pennington's writing, which is bound to come with each book she writes. And part of it is the characters, I simply loved Sidney and Asher. They are equal parts hilarious and awful, sweet and sour...much as we all are at that heading-to-college age. And maybe that's the crux of what I loved - watching their growth and ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
4.5 stars

Jessica's best book to date! I loved these two characters and their love/hate dynamic and how much chemistry they had! I wish it didn't have to end. Review to come much closer to release.
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*We received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Sidney and Asher only spend two months a year together so they have to make it memorable. Every summer both families rent lake houses, forcing Sidney and Asher to spend quality time together. The only problem is that they’ve been rivals since their first summer on the lake.

At the beginning of the summer before college, their prank war resumes with Sidney and Asher causing more trouble than ever before...which leads to both families getting
Chelsea Baute
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Confession: Lake Michigan in the summertime is my all-time favorite place in the world; so I was immediately hooked from page 1. I am a huge fan of a love/hate storyline and this had that and so much more. What I really love is the story is told from both Sidney and Asher’s points of view. It spans the whole summer and then a few months of college. Personally, I would love to see this story play out and have a book following the pair through their college years. The epilogue was only a page and ...more
Andria Sedig
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I ADORED this book. I don't normally get so invested in YA contemporaries but this book made me laugh, cry, and feel connected to the characters throughout. The shift from prank wars to dating felt like it progressed naturally and believably. Sidney's reservations felt real and reasonable. I wanted these two characters to be happy together. I feel like Pennington's writing style created the perfect tone for this story. Highly recommend picking this one up!
Lauren Scott
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Digital ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just start by saying I'm such a sucker for books set during summer vacation. This story follows two young people while on vacation at their family's lake house. Both Sidney and Asher are college bound swimmers who's parents are best friends and also met in the same college they are going to attend. They've been doing joint summer vacations since they were fourteen and have been trying to one up each other in a prank
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs
Sidney and Asher have a lot in common. They both just graduated high school. They both are competitive swimmers. They will go to the same college in the fall. Only problem, they're enemies.

Their parents are great friends and have been sharing their summer vacation area for years. The first year Asher joined Sidney's family there the two were friends and made great memories. The following summer...something shifted and they no longer got along. They're new memories werent as amicable. They began
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The review will be divided into two parts, the first half of the book and the second
The First Half
Um wow. I loved it. The humor was spot on and I couldn't help but laugh. Sid and Ash pulled some phenomenal pranks on each other and it was great.
The Second Half
Around the 44% mark, this book started turning into a romance. There were not really any pranks pulled, and the ones that were pulled were hardly mentioned. There was no humor and I did not enjoy reading it. I did not finish this book,
I loved this book and think it's Jessica's best book yet. I finished this book over a month ago and I still don't have all the words to explain how much I enjoyed this book. The banter was witty and the relationship between Sidney and Asher was so fun and real. The pranks they played on each other were hilarious. I liked that the setting was similar, but not exactly the same as When Summer Ends (I really want to visit River Depot). I'll end this review with, my heart soared at times and ...more
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 stars

**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

I was so excited to read Meet Me At Midnight because of the childhood enemies. It did not disappoint! Meet Me At Midnight is a perfect summer read full of hijinks and love disguised as dislike.

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Ashley Tyler
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The story follows a boy and girl, who's families vacation together at a lake for the entire summer. The story starts when the two main characters, Sidney and Asher, are in a kind of pranking war, which has been going on for the last five years until one prank is taken too far and causes the families to find a different house, which they have to share for the rest of the
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I could not put this book down! I absolutely loved it! If you love YA romance novels that are sweet, fun, and keep you wanting more, then this is the book for you.

“Meet Me at Midnight” is written in a way that makes you feel like you are at the lake with Asher and Sidney. Pennington does an amazing job at keeping the book realistic. There was nothing in this book that made me think it was out of reach. I also loved how the
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ash and Sidney have been spending their holidays with their parents in the same lakes houses every year for the last 6 years. All this time they considered themselves archenemies swaping pranks with each other. This year is different, they are seniors and it's probably the last time they are spending all 2 months at the lakes. After Sidney's prank gone wrong they are forced to vacate the houses and look for other accommodation which lands them in one house. With a complete lack of trust and ...more
~Reading Rambler~
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Meet me at midnight was one of the most swoon worthy contemporaries I have ever read. I am not exaggerating when I say it hooked me from the first page. Technically it pulled me in by the synopsis first, but who goes by technicalities?

Meet Me at Midnight is about Sidney and Asher and their five year long prank war. (I think it’s five, maybe four?) Every summer, their parents, who were originally college friends, take them to the lake to spend their summer vacation
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington is a cute comtemporary teen romance novel. Sidney and Asher have to spend summer together since their parents are friends, so they have been playing pranks on each other for the last several years at their lake cabins. They have a common enemy when they are kicked out of their summer homes, leading them to call a truce and form an alliance. They bond over their love of swimming and pranks and grow closer, uncovering feelings that have been there the ...more
alisha ♡
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020
3.5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and to the author for providing me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book summed up in a word: adorable. I haven't willingly read a cute YA contemporary in some time, but this was enjoyable - predictable and a basic concept, but nonetheless enjoyable.
I loved the relationship between our two main characters and how sweet and innocent it was, the hint of coming-of-age elements, and the summery lake scene (one of my favourite tropes!).
If you
Alison Paulette
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"How much do you hate me right now?

Sidney and Asher have been at war for five years. Every year their families vacation together at the Lake Houses in Michigan and every year Sidney and Asher invent new ways to prank the other in their never-ending war. But this year they go too far and are forced to face the real reasons behind their war and their real feelings for each other.

This was a quick, light read which I enjoyed. The characters were well-developed. However, I found Sidney's neuroses a
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I adored this YA romance for so many reasons! This wasn't just a fluffy romance, it had layers and it had depth as these two 18 year old summer neighbors realize their feelings for each other and try to navigate their relationship. The flashbacks were delightful in adding to the present moment and helped the reader truly understand how they got to the point they are as they are about to head off to college. I really liked the pacing and this was a book I quickly devoured. If you are a fan of ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, fun book for young adults.

Sidney and Asher's families have been vacationing on the same lake in neighboring houses for years, and the two teenagers have been involved in a prank war.

This summer, when the prank war goes too far and the families are evicted, Sidney and Asher start to discover they may have more in common than swimming, a love for pranks and competition.

The book was fun and the characters were vibrant and realistic, although I did find Sidney's inability to trust
Happily, Hedy
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had the perfect balance of layers and swoon.
I always love reading stories about childhood friends becoming something more, and this book took a great spin on it. I think the relationship between Sidney and Asher was developed really well; it didn't feel rushed, and I enjoyed all of their scenes together.
I would have liked to see more closure with Caleb, it seemed like he was "dismissed" really suddenly. But overall, it was a beautifully developed story that I truly enjoyed
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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 ...more