Meet me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

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.

There were a couple of things that appealed to me right away about this story. 

First of all, I love a story where the characters are spending the summer somewhere else. It's such a foreign concept to me because I spent every Summer at home, getting in fights with my brothers and causing trouble around the neighborhood. I would rather have been in a cabin somewhere or in a cottage by the beach..

Second of all, I love a story where the two main characters like each other but are too busy hating each other to admit it. The enemies to lovers trope gets me every time. Add in the pranks that Sidney and Asher played on each other and it made for a very interesting story.

It was really easy to dive into this story because it was the Summer I always dreamed of. As a teen, I would have loved to spend the Summer with my family at the lake. But more importantly, I would have loved to have a feud going with the boy next door.

Sidney and Asher might seem like polar opposites at first, but they actually have a lot in common. One of the biggest things is their passion for swimming. Unbeknownst to them, they will be swimming at the same college in Fall, which means that it's probably better for them to not be enemies. Not when they'll be teammates.

I really liked both Sidney and Asher right off the bat, but in different ways. I related to Sidney in that she seemed very concerned with protecting herself and being serious. And I enjoyed the way that Asher liked to push her buttons. The scene where they went to the party together and he tried to dress like her had me laughing so hard. 

Everybody needs a goofball like that in their life, and I think Sidney realized that as the story progressed and the two of them got to know each other on a deeper level.

Sarah Dessen will always be my YA Summer Romance Queen, but if Jessica Pennington writes more books like this one, I could definitely see myself becoming a big fan! After looking on Goodreads, I see that Jessica Pennington might have some other Summer titles out there that I might be interested in reading. Very cool.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I did deduct 1 star from my rating because I felt that the ending was rushed. The last 10% of the story takes place while Sidney and Asher are at college and finally figure their relationship out, and I would have enjoyed it if it had been written more in depth. It felt very much like it could have been expanded on for reader enjoyment.

But that's just my opinion.

I recommend this book if you like:
  • Summer Romance
  • Stories that take place by the water (or in this case, a lake)
  •  Sarah Dessen (this story felt similar to hers)
  • Fighting Main Characters (Who also like to play pranks)
That's all for now! Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.