Meet me at midnight - Jessica Pennington
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.
I was instantly interested in this book after seeing that cover paired with that blurb. The story promised to be a hilarious prank filled romance. I however, didn't exactly pounce on it and I'm not sure why either . The book was just lying on my to-read shelf, collecting dust. Until one day, I come across a review that says, 'the book is like the adult version of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne'. Now, I happen to love that book. It was a YA (Young-Adult) book so I thought this one would be similar but with some steamy scenes! But guess what...
Its not. Its a YA highschool summer romance. And its definitely not bad....just not what I anticipated or expected.
The story in itself is very well written. I could find myself immersed in the characters and thier world. The story is written in dual POV which is always a plus.
Sidney and Asher are highschool seniors who are both competitive swimmers. Thier families are close friends and they all go to the lake every summer. The story starts with how they prank each other and revel in one upping the other. They literally spend half thier year just planning all the pranks they would throw. It's unclear in the beginning why they have this hatred towards each other. One day, a prank goes beyond control and the families get kicked out of thier vacation lakehouse. Feeling responsible Asher and Sidney decide to call a truce. As you would guess this truce brings them closer together.
I really liked Asher, though I wasnt a huge fan of Sidney. Asher was a really sweet and considerate hero. He loves with everything in him and doesnt hold back. There's always something heart melting about two characters who've grown up together and know each other inside out.
I think my main issue with this book was the female character. I couldnt understand a lot of the decisions she made and found her maybe immature.
This book did not leave me with a happy smile like books usually do, but rather conflicted over my feelings. I liked the guy, but I still hoped certain things happened differently. I wasnt convinced with the reason they started the pranks..and even if I maybe got over it, it still doesnt make sense that it went on for 6 years because of it.
The book starts off really great, with fun pranks and slowly liking each other. But it kind of drags towards the end. I wasnt satisfied with the ending. I didnt feel they had resolved the issues between them or that they actually loved each other enough to not part ways later in life.
I would surely reccommend you read this if you're looking for a fun summer romance with hate-love, a sweet considerate boy and a girl who's a criminal mastermind.