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.
Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Author: Jessica Pennington
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
This book was a bore for the first half, nearly DNFed it, then things picked up, and then the ending tanked it again for me. Let me tell you why.
The first half of this book was fine. The only problem was that the whole first half should have actually of been the first 1/4. Then maybe things wouldn’t have been so boring and dull. The plot didn’t really even seem to start until halfway through. For that whole first part, I was trying to figure out what this story was all about. I kept thinking, “There are two families that spend the summer at a lake together every year…so what?” I didn’t actually find out what the point of the book was supposed to be until (you guessed it) halfway through the book. So, my point is, the first half was a bust and I nearly stopped reading this book. But, then the second half started.
The second half took almost a 180 for me. Things picked up in the plot and in the relationship between the two main characters. I finally understood what the end goal was for these characters (to work together to prank their former lake house landlord) and things were looking up. At this point, I was thinking I could forgive the first half of the book for being terrible and just focus on this second half. Then the end came…
The ending was trash. I don’t know how else to say it. It was weak and felt a little pointless and pretty much ruined the whole second half for me.
The reason I still gave this book a decent amount of stars is because of some moments from that second half. There were some reeeeeeally cute moments that made me swoon and tear up a little. If the book would have kept the momentum from these moments, I think this book could have had a killer ending. Alas, that was not the case.
Overall, this book wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t the worst. I wish I could just have a small recap of the beginning and then tell you all to read the second half (minus the ending). That way, y’all could understand how adorable some of these moments were without having to suffer through the rest. Nevertheless, if you’re curious to know what happens in this book, reading the whole thing won’t kill you.
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