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 every summer it’s the same—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, the summer 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 summer 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 summers of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Teen
I don’t read a ton of contemporary romance, but I have a few favorite authors for the genre. Jessica Pennington is one of them.
Sidney and Asher started off as friends. Their parents were best friends and they started renting lake houses next to each other in Riverton. Something happened at the end of that first summer that changed things. From that point on, they played pranks on each other. These weren’t silly little pranks either. They were well thought out, extreme things. It’s not that they hated each other, but they definitely weren’t friends that got along.
They are at their lake houses the summer before their senior year when the pranks went too far. Both families were kicked out of the rentals and had to find a new place during peak season. The only house they found was on the other side of the lake. It was for sale, but they were able to rent it. Together. Now Asher and Sidney’s rooms are next to each other, connected by a bathroom.
Things start to change that summer. Asher kisses Sidney one night when they’re drunk. After the prank got them kicked out, they decided to call a cease fire. Instead of doing pranks on each other, they teamed up to prank Nadine, their old landlord. Asher starts being super nice to Sidney. She’s still a bit uptight and has zero trust. Somehow, they start dating. The whole time, Sidney thinks that Asher can’t really like her and that he’s somehow working on a big prank. The truth is that Asher has liked her for years. She can’t accept it. It’s how her mind works. It might be self esteem. It’s definitely a trust issue. Sidney also over analyzes everything (like I do), so it seems like this relationship was doomed from the start. And they are both doing to be on swim team at the same college in the fall.
The setting on the lake in Riverton was perfect, but made me miss the sun (Where have you been sun? I haven’t seen you in weeks.) Asher’s best friend wasn’t in a lot of the book, but I really liked him. I also loved Kara and thought the group at the parties was a nice addition. The parents were great. But the standouts were Asher and Sidney. Especially Asher. I adored him. Their banter and sarcastic dialogue flowed so well. I loved that the book went into the beginning of college, too. It wasn’t just a summer romance book. Things were not all perfect and full of kissing, though there was a lot of kissing. The relationship felt real the whole time.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Tor Teen and Edelweiss for my review copy. Thank you also to Jessica Pennington for adding me to the acknowledgements. You made my whole winter.
Is Meet Me At Midnight on your TBR? Have you read any of Jessica’s other books?