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Meet Me at Midnight

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  154 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 its the same every yearin 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,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Tor Teen
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sarah xoxo
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
how much do you hate me right now?

Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect enemies to lovers summer romance balanced with just the right amount of humour, banter and pranks.

We follow our main characters Asher and Sidney, star swimmers. Each year they and their families rent summer houses by the lake. But instead of spending their holidays relaxing- they take place in an intense prank war. From Kool-aid in the shower to mayonnaise covered floors, they are constantly on high alert, waiting for the
Caitlin Reads
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a really cute and fun read! Its like a young adult version of The Hating Game! Sidney and Ashers 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!!
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
Madison Mary
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"How much do you hate me right now?"

A fun summer contemporary romance that is sure to have every reader smiling.

For the past ten years, Asher and Sidney have spent their summers as neighbours at Lake House A and Lake House B, engaged in a brutal prank war. They spend their time constantly scheming and on high alert, prepared for the worst. When their pranks suddenly go too far, and their families are kicked out of their rentals, Asher and Sidney call a truce. They decide to team up and
Mar 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
A summer evening on Les Champs Elyses
A secret rendezvous they planned for days.
A sea of faces in a crowded cafe,
A sound of laughter as the music plays.
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 Sidneys families are asked to leave their rental home by the owner, and they all move into a new place. The two decide to
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
DNF @52%
My first DNF of the year happened way quicker this year than last, but this book was way too slow and way too long for me to keep reading and be even remotely engaged. I thought this would be a light romance with some enemies to lovers vibes and a fun time would be had by all, but the story just dragged and somehow managed to feel repetative when not that much was happening. The characters were fine, but nothing really stood out about them to make me want to continue. Here's hoping this
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, arcs
All I want is to be under the stars with him. To sit on the bench in front of the fire, our bodies pressed together. I want his arm draped over me, like he wants everyone to know were together. Together.

Every summer since they were fourteen, Sidney and Asher have been pulling pranks at each other and considered themselves as enemies. However, for their last summer before going off to college, Sidney and Asher will have to team-up against a common enemy who nearly ruined their summer and forced
Stacy Fetters
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
"Its not like kissing someone gives you any sort of claim to them. Theres not some binding contract of exclusivity that goes along with a kiss."

The World is dealing with a lot of sadness and heartbreak lately and I seriously needed something cute and sweet to boost my spirits. Meet Me At Midnight did that job and so much more. This was the right thing to add to my life live right now.

Sidney and Asher live to torment each other even though they fit perfectly together on paper. They are both
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
**A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

This is one of those books that make you want to scream and shout FINALLY! after everything goes well in the end. The kind that puts you through sweet and anxious moments in equal measure. You know that theres inevitable doom but you dont mind because it is fun and sweet so you just enjoy the moment while it lasts.

To be honest, I really wasnt into this at first. I tried picking
Jessica Pennington
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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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
Brook Obsessed
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I just finished Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington and my thoughts are all over the place. I really loved this and then sometimes I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. I have a love/hate relationship with this book and Ill explain why.

Blurb: Asher and Sidney have vacationed and pranked each other for years, but it isnt until they decide to call a truce and turn their pranks onto a mutual enemy that the two start to show their true feelings.

Meet Me at Midnight is an enemies to lovers
Chance (temporary.escaper)
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to NetGalley for approving me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book had everything I could ever want in a romance! Enemies to lovers + summer love at a lake house vacation = me in a puddle by the end of the book. Jessica Pennington wrote a romance that has you rooting for it from page 1, with perfect pacing, and secrets that make you melt.

I normally dont go for Ya romance because the characters are too immature, but Asher and Sidney are so fun and
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The past five summers have been filled with swimming, the lake, and pranks. This summer, Sidney and Asher agreed to a truce, but once they were not preoccupied with their normal antics, these two began to finally recognize the romantic feelings they had been harboring for one another.

Pro: This was a enemies-to-lovers type romance, and I think many will appreciate the way a their well established prank war gave way to a pretty mushy courtship, that was filed with great banter and lots of
Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for providing an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Ask me how much I hate you right now."

Oh man, guys! This charming contemporary hit me right in the feels, and that couldn't have come at a better time.

When the world is topsy turvy and the news is giving you anxiety, it's so nice to escape into a book and that's exactly what Meet Me At Midnight provides.

An escape into the "will-they-won't they" romances of summer. Of rivals
Kierstin Carnahan
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was the perfect beach read. It was a cute romance read. I resonated with Sydney and Asher's relationship and how everyone around them knew they'd end up together and how they were "friends"/knew each other a long time before getting officially together. I also liked how they matured and grew through their relationship. I appreciated them breaking up, going to college, learning more about themselves, and then coming back together. One of the dreams of my life is to have a ...more
Candyce Kirk
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meet Me at Midnight is the perfect summer read and makes me wish I was sitting at the lake on a nice sunny day right now. The world is a crazy place at the moment and a book like this is the perfect escape. Jessica Pennington wrote such a fun enemies to lovers story and left me wanting more.

Our main characters Sidney and Asher have been spending the summer together for quite a few years, because their families vacation together at the same lake houses for quite some time. These summers have been
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
This was such an entertaining read as a whole, even if a little bit predictable, exactly what I expected from this kind of story. If you're into summer-feels, hate-to-love romances, you should love this one !

Full review coming soon! :)

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I don't read a ton of contemporary romance, but I have a few favorite authors for the genre.  Jessica Pennington is one of them.  

Sidney and Asher started off as friends.  Their parents were best friends and they started renting lake houses next to each other in Riverton.  Something happened at the end of that first summer that changed things.  From that point on, they played pranks on each other.  These weren't silly little pranks either.  They were well thought out, extreme things.  It's not
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This was a pretty basic YA summer contemporary and the characters didn't really have a personality beyond being annoying. Also, the enemies to lovers trope was very weak. The romance started happening way too quickly.
Erin Arkin
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come
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
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
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Since Jessica Pennington released her debut, Love Songs and Other Lies, I have been a fan of her books. Love Songs was exactly my kind of story with love hate and a road trip, okay, music tour, and amazing characters, and her sophomore book, When Summer Ends, was a fantastic mix chemistry and sports and summer. I
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 stars

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

It doesnt matter who started this between us so long ago, because this summer Im going to finish it.

I was so excited to read Meet Me At Midnight because of the childhood enemies. Its a great trope honestly, and I love reading it! Meet Me At Midnight is a perfect summer read full of hijinks and love disguised as dislike.

We follow Asher and Sidney whose
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Eh, will try and finish this one another time. I got tired of the banter and all the back and forth. Its interesting, but I guess I am not in the right mood to continue reading it. ...more
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
**BOOK HUG & SIGH** So many warm fuzzies. Now Im craving a re-read of When Summer Ends and Love, Songs and Other Lies.

MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT checks the boxes of some of my favorite things:
- Witty, sarcastic dialogue & characters
- Hate to love
- Perception vs reality
- Beach, lake location

I just love Asher and Sidney. And this quote (one of my favorites) pretty much sums up their relationship.

Never underestimate how much I want to pry your brain open, Sidney Walters. 😆

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