[ARC REVIEW] “Meet Me at Midnight” By: Jessica Pennington

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Official Synopsis:

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.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Review:

First and foremost, as a little disclaimer, I have to let you all know that I’m extremely biased when it comes to this book. I was able to beta read it for Jess when she was working on it, and have been helping her out with some PR stuff for the book, so Sidney and Asher definitely have a special place in my heart.

I am totally obsessed with the name of the book — Meet Me at Midnight just sounds so awesome, and I love how the red on the spine really catches the eye.

Readers who have read her first two standalones, Love Songs & Other Lies and When Summer Ends will definitely recognize some places (and name drops!) in this one. I won’t spoil any of the references for you, but there are definitely some Easter eggs for those who have read her first two books!

MM@M is an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy, which is basically my favorite trope/book to read. While I’m definitely a fan of Jess’s other books, I think this one just might be my favorite…but I’m also long overdue for a re-read of LS&OL, so I can’t say with 100% certainty.

Aside from the pranks, one of my favorite things about Sidney and Asher’s dynamic is how in tune they are with each other. It becomes clearer later on in the book, but they both know and remember so much about each other that they are able to subtly antagonize the other constantly. One of my favorite moments happens towards the start of the book when their two families are sitting and eating dinner, and Asher silently references how Sidney used to say “ding!” after finishing a row on her corn on the cob. (I know it sounds weird to explain — just read the book.) Their witty banter (which, as my frequent blog readers know, is my favorite thing) is off the charts, and it’s so much fun to see how their relationship evolves throughout the whole book.

Sidney was such a relatable character for me. I love a good to-do list (much to the dismay of my coworkers), and I’d be lying if I said that I’ve never had the discussion with my friends about how dating is weird because you’ll either break up or get married, and that’s a whole lot to consider when you’re just getting to know someone. It was nice to kind of have the script flipped, where Asher was the cute, romantic one, and Sidney was the one struggling with all of the relationship-type stuff. (Normally it’s flipped with gender roles, so props to Jess on that one.)

I love the pranks that they pull on Nadine, the owner of the lake houses that their families rent every summer. As an aside, the name Nadine is actually pretty interesting to my friends and I — one of our college professors has a sex blog where she writes under the pseudonym Nadine, so seeing the name in reference to well…not that was interesting, to say the least. I also now have the life goal of pulling the mashed potato prank. (For legal reasons…that’s a joke.)

Overall, MM@M is a great summer read. Sidney and Asher are great, and they’re definitely characters you would want to be friends with. All of the supporting characters are great too, especially Kara (or like…Logan?) and Caleb, and Ellie, (putting in my vote now for Ellie and Caleb. Just saying.) and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want to read a book about each of them, too. (Sidney and Asher’s parents were also pretty awesome too, so if Jess were to write a book about them at college, well, you already know my answer to that.) As characters freshly out of high school and about to start their freshman year of college, I love that we get to see a glimpse into how Sidney and Asher act in the “real world,” when they’re not in their little summer bubble. Plus, as someone who’s starting their senior year in about a month and a half with a whole lot of uncertainty surrounding how it’s going to work, it was nice to see some normalcy after all these months of, well, not that.

This is such a lovely book, and I highly recommend that you all pick up a copy! Make sure to check out the rest of the posts on the blog tour, which are linked below, and check out my interview with Jess about the book, which is up now!

Stay tuned for my guest post with Jess on Friday about her favorite enemies-to-lovers romances, as well as a playlist of my own that I put together for the book!

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MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT!

 

Follow the Tour

Monday 6/22 – Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger (Interview)

Tuesday 6/23 – Belle @ Belle’s Archive (Creative Post)

Wednesday 6/24 – Felicia @ Bookishly Slytherclaw (Interview)

Thursday 6/25 – Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger (Guest Post)

Friday 6/26 – Katherine @ Smada’s Book Smack (Review)

Monday 6/29 – Belle @ Belle’s Archive (Interview) and Melanie @ What Will She Read (Creative Post)

Tuesday 6/30 – Andi @ Andi’s ABCs (Guest Post)

Wednesday 7/1 – Courtney @ Buried in a Bookshelf (Review + Interview)

Thursday 7/2 – Katherine @ Smada’s Book Smack (Guest Post)

Friday 7/3 – Courtney @ Buried in a Bookshelf (Guest Post + Playlist)

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