Book Review: Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Jessica Pennington
Hero/Heroine: Asher/Sidney
Genre: M/F Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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 now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet.

But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note–Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy–the woman who kicked them out.

Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.

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Review:

“How much do you hate me right now?”

This is the third book from Jessica Pennington and the third book I’ve read by her.  Yes, I’ve read them all and she will continue to be an auto-buy/auto-read author for me.  She writes heartfelt young adult romances and I’ve adored every single one of them.

Meet Me at Midnight is another summer romance set in the small vacation town of Riverton.  Asher and Sidney have been summer neighbors and prank rivals since they were thirteen.  This year is their last summer before college and likely their last summer together.  After some over-the-top, horrible pranks that get them and their parents kicked out of their rental, Asher and Sidney call a temporary truce.  Can the two enemies become more?

 “How much do you hate me right now?”

As I already said, I adored this book.  Asher was such a romantic and it seems to be a trend with this author’s heroes.  Sidney was a little harder to warm up to, though.  She’s never had a boyfriend for more than ten days, so she doesn’t even let “real” people get close to her, much less the reader.

Even though Meet Me at Midnight is a dual POV story, I felt the first half was more open to revealing Sidney’s true feelings.  While we are also getting Asher’s POV throughout the book, I felt we never get his true feelings until after halfway through the story.  I was a little annoyed by this and felt like I was getting purposely duped by the author.   Other than that, I loved the relationship and relationship drama between Asher and Sidney…even though some parts were easily predictable.  Still, romantic Asher was totally worth the wait.  There’s also a little bit of a love triangle thrown in to complicate things between Asher and Sidney, but it doesn’t get very far.

Now to the pranks.  Yes, some were hilarious and creative, until they became irresponsible and reckless.  It got to the point where I was constantly dreading the next act of vandalism.

The parents.  Well, Asher and Sidney’s parents were probably about my age. *face palm*  And I was a little jealous how they get to spend two months every summer vacationing on the lake.

“How much do you hate me right now?”

Loving and looking forward to whatever Ms. Pennington comes up with next for the teens of Riverton.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2020 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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