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Around Midnight

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Around Midnight is the third young-adult drama by Zarina Macha.

The harder you love, the higher the stakes.

Jazz is everything to Megan Hollis. When her hands clasp the saxophone, melodies flow with each breath.

Music carries her from Copperwood to London, with university on the horizon. Set on attending London’s prestigious School of Jazz, all elements of her life harmonize.
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Published January 20th 2020 by Zarina Macha
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Bobbi Wagner
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. This is a well written, engaging young adult story about following your heart and the struggles that go along with it. Megan and Vincent are great strong characters that bring the story to life. They have great chemistry which kept me turning pages. Megan has a future playing her saxophone which is something she has always dreamed of. When she meets Vincent things change for her and not necessarily for the good. Will she fol ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was... not good. I didn't like it at all, but I did finish so it wasn't terrible.

I'd describe this as a cautionary tale about falling for the bad boy stereotype. Written for teenagers by a teenager (probably - I actually have no idea how old the author is, but it sure seemed like this was written by a teen!). The story follows Megan who has recently moved to London, has her music career all mapped out, and falls in love for the first time. Not a terrible concept I know, but what was terrib
Heather Bass
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read from this author and wow she blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book but it exceeded all my expectations. This a young adult book that made you think of your past. When I started this book I could not put it down. I fell in love with the main character right from the beginning. It only took me a few hours to devour this incredible book.

Megan Hollis loves everything about jazz. She is getting ready to go to a special college for
Happy Booker
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight is a young adult novel written about a girl that loves music and thrives on playing her saxophone. She has everything going for her. A prestigious opportunity for studying music and the potential for being a huge success. Megan meets a dashing man named Vincent. He is dangerous. He is mysterious, and he shakes things up for Megan.

The story represents a woman’s view in dating, meeting a man that may or may not necessarily be what you anticipated. The love and connection between Me
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Megan moves for her music as she lives for it. This is a very well written novel about young adult life it pulls in your heart strings. Vincent is your ultimately bad boy not to he wrecked with. Will Megan give up her dreams for his boy. Is he sabotaging her happiness.
Jessie Jackson-Vasquez
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A friend's mother told me something along the lines of "When someone tells you who they are, believe them." I wish more people would hear that; especially teenage girls. In Around Midnight, Megan's love interest Vince tells her pretty early on, "I'm a messed up person. You should be wary of that." When someone tells you something like that, LISTEN.
Zarina Macha does an excellent job of realistically depicting what it's like to be an adolescent girl who doesn't quite fit in, and what it's like to
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is unapologetically real in a way that most books don't even come close to. I love that the author chose to show the 'bad boy' to be who he truly is, instead of glorifying the idea of a bad boy that falls for a girl and changes to be nice to her, but not to anyone else. It's a wonderful portrayal of an emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship, as well as the struggles of sexuality in a young relationship and the ways that women often get manipulated and coerced into something ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did wonder what I would make of this book given that even my children are older than the target readership (young adult)! However, despite being given occasional pause by slang expressions and pop culture, I actually very much enjoyed the book. It thoughtfully exposes the conflicts of the late teenage years- friendships, relationships( abusive and otherwise),first love, exam pressures, pressures to conform to others’ expectations and more. Megan, the protagonist of the novel, is credible and l ...more
M. Thomas
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was too short! There was so much truth and raw emotion in this novel, I found myself loving and hating the romance between Vince and Megan in equal measure. Anyone with daughters needs to give them this book, any of Zarina's work really, so often we forget as adults how truly soul shattering growing up is for our young people. The pressure to fit in and please our friends and the strength of first love often compete with the expectations of family, often winning when teens neglect to i ...more
Kelly McLennan
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An author friend emailed me this book to read an I'm so glad she did! I read anything an everything but this was a standout! It was complex, yet easy to read. I loved how it went below the surface of what other authors tend to dance around, the everyday, real life issues facing girls as they grow up & the balancing act we all have to follow in life to enjoy it. So thank you, it was a pleasure to read your book x ...more
Deborah Abraham
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advanced reader copy and am voluntarily leaving a review.
An extremely emotional book, I struggled to put it down before I'd read the whole thing! As someone torn between following your own heart and what others think is the best for you it really paints that picture of being unsure of your future at such a young age, which is relatable for pretty much all of us. I love books with that sense of realism, and I felt like I could really put myself in their shoes.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow the author did a bang up job when writing this book. It is a sure page turner that will have you up late night reading. If you have ever been in a toxic relationship this story gives you permission to forgive yourself for your choices. As we follow Megan through her struggles with self-esteem and people pleasing issues....we must ask ourselves who is using whom? I highly recommend this very realistic tale for everyone!!!! Bravo Macha for another great read!
Pina Mangion
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading my complimentary copy from Voracious Readers Only sent me back to when I was in my late teens. The angst, the trying to be liked by everyone - this book brings all back. A trip down memory lane - great book.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

“It’s not every day you meet a girl who plays jazz. Most musical girls I know just want to be the next Taylor Swift or Beyoncé.”
“I…erm, guess I’m not most girls.” She giggled weakly.

“One evening, she gazed at herself in the bathroom mirror. Her usual happy-go-lucky demeanour had tumbled off a cliff. She felt uneasy, uncertain, on edge, like she was walking very delicately on eggshells placed over poisonous snakes that would bite her at the slightest touch.
She had no idea what was happenin
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and read it all mostly in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down, it was very addictive. I was expecting a typical teen bad-boy-meets-good-girl story but Around Midnight turned out to be far more complicated than that, it still read like your average teenage novel but it was full of teenage struggles and struggles we all face growing up that I don't think are fully addressed in lots of other, perhaps more mainstream, YA books. But, that made it all the m ...more
Petrina Binney
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Around Midnight, Megan has recently moved to London with her parents, in order to make the journey to and from the London School of Jazz simpler and more cost-effective, if and when she is accepted to the prestigious institution. In a new environment and an unfamiliar sixth form, Megan quickly falls for bad boy, Vince, despite her new friends' warnings.

Anyone who is familiar with Zarina Macha’s writing style knows what a treat awaits them. Compelling characters, haunting prose, drama that fee
Megan Hartz
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I came across this book, the main character caught my eye because we share a name. Then, I decided on reading the book because of the realness it promised. Being from America, I had to look up certain things (like sixth form) to get an understanding of what Megan was dealing with age and grade wise. I love how the author says in the Afterword, "Maybe that isn't the story that will sell millions, and it's probably not the story most want to hear, but perhaps it's a story we need." She is exa ...more
Karyn Taylor
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight is a great young adult drama by Zarina Macha. This is the first time that I have read anything by this author and young adult is a relatively new genre for me but I have to say that I did really enjoy this book.
Megan Hollis is a 17 year old sixth form student with a great future ahead of her. She’s a fantastic musician and has always to go to the London School of Jazz when finished her A-levels. Her parents have moved to London so that she can be nearer the university.
Now that
Laura Furuta
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Around Midnight
By Zarina Macha
5 out of 5 stars

The story Around Midnight by Zarina Macha is a YA book. It is a story that I enjoyed reading. I loved reading about the character of Megan Hollis. She is a young girl who loves jazz. She has moved with her parents to London and has her heart set on attending the prestigious School of Jazz. Then she meets Vincent Turner. With their meeting comes new feelings and also a relationship that takes a turn for the worse. What does the future hold for Megan?
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight by Zarina Macha
4 of 5 Stars
“The harder you love, the higher the stakes”
Around Midnight is a young-adult drama by Zarina Macha. Megan Hollis loves Jazz and playing her saxophone, she moves to London with her parents to be nearer the prestigious School of Jazz which is Megan’s dream and her goal for the future. Things are going well for Megan when she meets Vincent Turner a mysterious individual with a dangerous reputation but Megan can not ignore the chemistry between them and ul
Gail Guerrero
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight by Zarina Macha - Review by Gail Guerrero

Four Stars

This is my first book by this author. I don’t usually read young adult but something about this story really clicked with me. Here you have this amazing gifted young woman ready to take her talent to next level. In comes this young man with that bad boy charm that no sweet girl can resist. Her world starts to shift. No longer is her dreams only about jazz but a passion she didn’t know existed. But what happens when her dreams an
Tausha Treadway
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Around Midnight by Zarina Macha. This is the first book I've read by this author and I loved it. Its a young adult story but was very easy for me to get wrapped up in. Its the story of Megan Hollis a Jazz Prodigy. Her life is made complete when she picks up her Sax and music just flows thru her hands. She is happiest when she is playing and her main goal in life is to get to the Prestigious London's School of Jazz. Everything is going great until she meets Vincent Turner a guy who has a bad rep ...more
Ashleigh Stevens
Seventeen-year-old Megan's life is on the right track. A gifted jazz saxophonist, she is confident she will be accepted into the prestigious London School of Jazz. She has made some great friends at her new school, and she even finds a nice boyfriend. Except her friends hate him. And she worries he will leave her if they don't sleep together.

While it was difficult to read about this young lady trying to get out of an unhealthy relationship, I feel the story is worth telling. However, the story f
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Zarina Macha before but was completely enthralled in the idea behind this story based off the cover and the blurb. I wasn’t disappointed and found a very nice and fast paced read that kept me entertained from the very beginning until the last chapter. I loved how this was written in a way that could be enjoyed by anyone even though it is geared towards young adult readers. It touched on some serious topics with an underlying concept of choosing ...more
Katie Kearney
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight by Zarina Macha. This is a new author for me and I’m excited I found her because this story was great. The author writes characters that are complex and relatable, they have a great chemistry that has the storyline running smoothly and kept me trying to read faster to see what was going to happen and trying to slow down. It’s a story that has our characters learning how and when to follow your heart and dealing with life in general. We truly get to watch the characters grow. The ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-bb-year-4
Fully immersed into her teenage life that includes playing her saxophone this privileged girl is ignorant of many of life’s pitfalls. She gets to meet some of those head on and they begin to disrupt her dream. She is lost and unsure but she can’t seem to move forward and forget.

This is easy to read and deals with complex situations. There is the surface of each situation but always look deeper. This is an okay book that I took at face value. Girl, dream, bad boy, regrets and struggles. I just l
Erica Fish
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Zarina Macha is a new author to me but I like her passion she puts into her story. She has a great character development and story line. While reading, I found myself back in high school when music was my release from my pain. Megan Hollis has music within her soul. Jazz is her muse. She went to London to study at the prestigious School of Jazz. She was focused on music until she met Vincent. Vincent made Megan think about other things than her Jazz music. He is mysterious and dangerous for Mega ...more
Jenni Bishop
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Around Midnight by Zarina Macha, is a YA romance story that shows the raw feelings of first time love and the uncaring side of a boy who thinks nothing but himself. It is full of angst and betrayal, love and hurt, confusion and loss. It is a quick read but complex read that packs all the emotions for young love. It is easy to forget how wounding a fist love can sometimes be. I found myself loving Vince and Megan but that soon turned to hate for a boy who is toxic and manipulated and pressured an ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by this author and i thought it was a great read. I enjoyed book from the very beginning and I thought it was well written. The main characters are Megan and Vincent and I liked them both. I was rooting for them from the very first page and the the chemistry was scorching. Megan is a saxophone player who is looking for a future playing the instrument she loves. Things change and people come into her life and everything gets turned upside down. She has to d ...more
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Zarina Macha is an author, blogger, and musician born and raised in London, UK. She studied Songwriting and Creative Artistry at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. She regularly writes a social commentary blog titled ‘The Zarina Macha Blog.’ In her spare time, she loves reading and annoying people about Game of Thrones (yes, she adored the much-hated ending).

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