So for the first day of the #stayathomereadingrush, I decided to pick up Meet Me At Midnight on a whim, and I’m so happy that I did. I didn’t know anything about this book beforehand, but I saw some people talking about it on Instagram, so I just bought the ebook. And Boy did this book surprise me with how much I enjoyed it.
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: 4.5 stars
Things I liked:
- The summer beach/lake setting was so fun! I’ve read a couple books with a similar setting recently, but this one felt the most authentic and made me wish for summer so bad.
- I loved the characters so much. Asher and Sydney were multifaceted and had really realistic flaws that made me root for them, even though sometimes their decisions were a bit irrational. They were so raw, and I completely related to Sydney on multiple aspects. They weren’t annoying or unrealistic, and I got really attached to them so fast 🙂
- I loved the progression of their friendship/romance. They begin the book as enemies, but the slow development of becoming friends and eventually lovers was very natural and fun to read.
- I also really enjoyed all the pranks and antics in this book, and I found myself chuckling out loud a bit at some of them. I typically find pranks juvenile, but Pennington did a great job at not making them feel too childish. Obviously, it took a little suspension of disbelief, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
- It was well written and paced really nicely. This kind of goes hand in hand with the development of the relationship, but I found that the pace of the book and their vacation was super well done. I was never bored, as something was always happening whether it was a cute date, funny prank, or a steamier kissing scene.
So if you’re looking for a fun summer read with the enemies to lovers trope, check this one out!