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Review: Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that love-hate relationships are some of my favorite tropes. So when I saw Meet Me at Midnight and this contemporary mixing prank wars and forced proximity I was sold! Keep reading this book review if you want a great summer contemporary romance read recommendation.


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I loved about Meet Me at Midnight was both the intense rivalry and prank genius-ness of Sidney and Asher, but also the way this book had so much heart. Being a dual POV novel, we are able to observe the different feelings of Asher and Sidney. Asher who finds himself on the precipice of beginning a path he is unsure of and Sidney who is so determined to protect herself. As characters, there’s a great amount of depth to their backstories and to the history of their relationship. You can really feel the history and memories of their rivalry – the incidents that resulted in scars, the ones that went too far.

Meet Me at Midnight is a perfect summer read, not only because it takes place in summer, but because it has that similar pace. Feeling like there’s simultaneously nothing to do, but also an almost electric current of possibility in the air. There’s so much I want to scream about that I cannot divulge, but to say that I loved the way their characters and relationship grow is an understatement. It’s a great story about facing our fears, of being honest to ourselves, and choosing our own future.

Full of clever and quick banter, Meet Me at Midnight is one of those stories that made me curl up in a lawn chair and read till sunset. I had to stop myself from devouring this read in one sitting! I was caught up in this balance between character and action. It’s a great story about facing our fears, of being honest to ourselves, and choosing our own future.

Find Meet Me at Midnight on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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