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Meet Me at Midnight

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 ratings  ·  372 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 no
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 othe
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 feeli ...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
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 there’s inevitable doom but you don’t mind because it is fun and sweet so you just enjoy the moment while it lasts.

To be honest, I really wasn’t into this at first. I tried pick
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 a
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
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank Tor Teen & NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

My feelings for this book are a little messy, and it's hard to explain but I'll try my best. On the one hand, I enjoyed many aspects, especially the familiar one, and I liked the setting A LOT, I also think that most of the book is entertaining and keeps you wanting to continue reading. But on the other hand, the characters are quite immature, the whole "enemies" situation felt forced,
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
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 Sidney’s families are asked to leave their rental home by the owner, and they all move into a new place. The two decide t
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 we’re 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
Stacy Fetters
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
"It’s not like kissing someone gives you any sort of claim to them. There’s 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 com
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's hard getting on board a romance between two people who treat each other so badly, especially when they have very few actual conversations about why they "hate" each other. Pennington hints that those conversations will happen, and have happened, but in almost every instance, she side-steps showing us the conversations, themselves, in favor of giving us a flashback to the summer when Asher and Sidney were kind to one another. Instead of watching current-day Asher and Sidney connect, I'm told ...more
kelly {BookCrushin}
Really enjoyed this one, sorry to my buddy reading friends I constantly did not want to stop reading and read ahead until it was a must finish. Haha you could definitely read this in one sitting. Perfect summer read!
Jessica Pennington
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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!

Meet Me At Midnight is OUT IN THE WORLD! If you've read it, please consider copying your review over to Amazon, I'd really appreciate it! And if you loved MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT, then check out my other books:

When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

When Summer Ends is full

Kelly Winters
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, with the two main characters, Asher and Sidney, returning to their families' lake houses and continuing the prank war they have been fighting for years. The pranks were fun and the dynamic between them showed that there was more to their relationship than the outward hate they were showing. When the romance started it was really cute and they had a fun yet naturally awkward way of interacting. But then the romance kept going back and forth between go ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
arc from publisher for fair review

This book got me excited for summer. But really, I wish I could go back to care free summers. I feel old, and nostalgic reading this book. But I still liked it. I loved all the pranks, it’s brought out more from the whole hate to love trope. Super cute.
I actually really struggled to get through the second half of this book. The first half was super cute and funny, I loved the pranks we got to see. However, the second half devolved into the more stereotypical romance novel drama, with the eventual breakup. Considering that this book draws you in with the promise of epic pranks against Nadine, I really wish we would've seen more of those. They really only pranked her three times, and two of them didn't go too well.

I do have to say that the rela
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yacontemporary
Omggg this was soooo cutee and just SCREAMEDDDD summer!! 😭😭😭😭

The setting was super cool with the lake house and the epic pranks they pulled on each other. Asher was the sweetest and so cuteeeee❤️ and Sydney was such a petty little bitch which made for some great drama lol

I feel like the ending dragged (Sydney was being annoying tbh) and it could have been shorter but I enjoyed this so much!!! So no regrets lol
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 flir
The Clever Reader
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! I loved the enemies to lovers trope. I loved all the pranks they played on each other. And I loved the banter between Sydney & Asher!

Jessica never disappoints!
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 chemis
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 I’ll explain why.

Blurb: Asher and Sidney have vacationed and pranked each other for years, but it isn’t 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 lov
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 don’t go for Ya romance because the characters are too immature, but Asher and Sidney are so fun and fres
Justin Turczak
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read with some funny moments and love the whole summer vibe and town. So if want a fun summer time book suggest this for you and I love the small flare of sports added in since I do like sports romances but this is tad different.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
what a gem this was! just randomly came across this while browsing and it turned out to be a great read, love it when that happens
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 su ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I loved about Meet Me at Midnight was both the intense rivalry and prank genius-ness of Sidney and Asher, but also the way this book had so much heart. Being a dual POV novel, we are able to observe the different feelings of Asher and Sidney. Asher who finds himself on the precipice of beginning a path he is unsure of and Sidney who is so determined to protect herself. As ch
Kali Cole
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
I think out of all of Jessica Pennington’s books, this one is my favorite! I definitely think this is one of my favorite reads of the year!
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed this one even more than I was hoping to! I loved the characters relationship, and how close their families were! I honestly wish it was a series, so I could read more about Sidney and Asher!
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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

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