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Meet Me at Midnight

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  136 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
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Teen
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sarah xoxo
Jan 10, 2020 is currently reading it
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! 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
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
Nov 14, 2019 is currently reading it
Got approved for an ARC! Thank you Tor Teen for the opportunity. 💖
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.
Jessica Pennington
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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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!)

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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 😆

eARC courtesy of
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.
Mahnoor  Waqas (she.reads.too.much)
I was provided an eARC of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Usually, I dont go for YA romance. But this one pulled me in immediately by its blurb. I requested this because the premise sounded extremely intriguing and also Im trash for enemies to lovers trope. So, I had to pick this one up immediately. Also, because it was summer in Sydney where I was vacationing and this book was a perfect read for the occasion.

We get POV of both Sidney and Asher, which was an amazing
Alyssa Danielson
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publishing company in order for an honest review.

5 stars. I think this book is a winner for anyone who wants to experience the thrill of young love in a beautiful summer setting. The characters were real, and their dialogue was fun and relatable. Everything was well written and kept me wanting to read more. The last night, I stayed up well past midnight because I needed to know how it would end for Syd and Asher (swoon).

I am blown away by how much I enjoyed this book,
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
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 theyve 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
Mar 10, 2020 added it
DNF a 40%.

Sidney & Asher are arch-nemesis. They reunite every summer when their families vacation together at the same log cabin camping ground and spend the summer one-upping each other with pranks. One of the pranks goes too far and they're forced to vacate the campground. Sidney and Asher decide to play one last prank, though not on each other, but on the campground owner as revenge and are forced to push their differences aside.

I'm disappointed! I really enjoyed this in the beginning.
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 Ashers 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 I ...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!
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.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved this book. It made me laugh and I lost count of all the times I went "aww". It was nice to see a summer YA novel that was set in Michigan. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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