Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
So to warn y’all, I did go into this book with kind of low expectations. Between the cover and the synopsis, I was expecting a cute, but ultimately fluffy (light) YA contemporary (à la Kasie West). I’m glad to report that I was absolutely wrong about Meet Me at Midnight though, and it’s quite a complex and realistic read. Sidney and Asher are years -long nemeses, who are forced to spend their last summer before college in a shared cabin, after their summer pranks escalate too far and their families are kicked out of their usual rentals. Now, with a common enemy Sid and Asher must set aside their differences and team up to pull some epic pranks on the lady who kicked them out. There’s also a romance plot going on in the midst of all that.
What I Liked:
- I really enjoyed the creativity and inventiveness of the pranks the MCs pull all throughout the book. They were quite entertaining and original, and often disgusting.
- The only downside is that they could get somewhat juvenile at times. Especially at the beginning because there’s just so many of them.
- The relationships development is actually kind of realistic? There’s ups & downs, backs & forths, etc. The couple actually has to handle their problems and talk to each other before the possibility of it working out. It was a nice change of pace,
- The plot had a lot going on. I liked that the ‘couple time’ was well balanced out by the ‘hanging out with friends/non-romace time.’
- Sidney is an anxious worrier that over-plans everything, and I could really relate to that.
What I Didn’t Like:
- I’ve got no complaints. I’m just mad that I judged this book by its cover (but I’m glad to be wrong!).
Read it! Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington is a solid YA Romance with lots of fun stuff going on in the plot! If you want a good story with a solid romance, that is also realistic in its complexity, then this is the book for you. Also, lots of fun summer pranks and shenanigans. What’s not to love? (And if this review hasn’t made it clear, it’s Hate-to-Love, which is a favorite trope of mine.)
*Thank you Edelweiss + for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*