Together at Midnight

Together at Midnight

What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday se...

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Together at Midnight Reviews

  • Lauren

    Jennifer Castle won me over with her debut novel The Beginning of After way back when. So when the chance arose to read and review her latest YA, Together At Midnight, I jumped at the opportunity. The cover was gorgeous, the storyline sounded interesting, and it took place during the holiday season - the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be exact. Simply put, I couldn’t wait to dive in! Thankfully, Together at Midnight is another must read by Jennifer.

    When Max and Kendall witness a terrib

    Jennifer Castle won me over with her debut novel The Beginning of After way back when. So when the chance arose to read and review her latest YA, Together At Midnight, I jumped at the opportunity. The cover was gorgeous, the storyline sounded interesting, and it took place during the holiday season - the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be exact. Simply put, I couldn’t wait to dive in! Thankfully, Together at Midnight is another must read by Jennifer.

    When Max and Kendall witness a terrible, tragic accident, they’re at a loss. They don’t know how to move on from such a quick yet monumental moment, and to make matters worse: they feel as if they could have prevented it. Thus begins their random acts of kindness across New York City, and from that moment starts an incredible journey – one that changes Max and Kendall’s lives for the better.

    When it comes down to it Kendall and Max are in an incredibly similar place: they’re at a crossroads in life, not sure of what to do next. Kendall has recently returned from a semester abroad, and she's feeling incredibly unsure in her skin. How she can she return to normalcy after being so happy with her adventures? Max, on the other hand, has chosen to put off college for a year. On the surface, he says he did it for his ex-girlfriend - she needed him around - but deep down he knows he did because he's afraid, afraid of the future and what it might meant for him.

    I loved them both equally. They were so incredibly easy to relate to it. I admired Kendall for his kindness as well as loyalty. She's the kind of person you'd be lucky to have as a friend. What I loved even more was the fact that Kendall was her own person. She didn't always do or say the right thing - sometimes she would stop randomly to write something important for her future novel down - but she so completely embraced it. She was more fearless than she gave herself credit for. Max, on the other hand, I feel was the more cynical out of the two, and I think most of it had to do with being afraid. I could relate to that - change is scary, especially when you're in that weird time between high school and college.

    Together Max and Kendall were a dynamic duo. I loved watching them explore New York City together and perform random acts of kindness. Better yet, I loved the changes that resulted from their adventures. Both became more confident and daring as well as helped each other find comfort in the unknown.

    Another aspect of Together at Midnight I enjoyed was the multiple POVs used. Jennifer included perspectives from Max, Kendall, and all the people they helped or tried to help on their journey. All the POVs flew perfectly together, and I especially loved seeing the viewpoints of the strangers. It added such a personal touch to the novel, and I especially liked when it gave more clarification to a situation, i.e. why wouldn't that woman accept help?

    I also enjoyed the slow-burn feel of the romance. When the novel begins, Kendall has been flirting via email with a guy she previously knew and Max is somewhat still tied up with his ex-girlfriend. Over the course of the book, however, Kendall and Max begin to see something in each other, something that begins to change their feelings towards their other relationships. Honestly, at times I really wondered if they would or wouldn't, but in the end, I was so incredibly happy with the conclusion.

    In all, Together at Midnight is another stellar release from Jennifer Castle. I said this when I first finished this book and it still rings true: my heart is so incredibly full from this novel. Seriously, it's beautifully written, thought provoking, and hopeful...it's actually inspired me to start my own random acts of kindness in 2018.

  • Jennifer

    Together at Midnight is a standalone YA contemporary novel. This is my first book by this author.

    I loved that this book was set in New York City. I loved that this book was set around the holidays. It made this the perfect book to read right now.

    This book has a bunch of 1st person narrators. But the main two narrators are Kendall and Max. Kendall (17/18) is a senior in high school. And Max (18) has just graduated high school.

    Kendall has just returned home from a few months in Europe. Max has dec

    Together at Midnight is a standalone YA contemporary novel. This is my first book by this author.

    I loved that this book was set in New York City. I loved that this book was set around the holidays. It made this the perfect book to read right now.

    This book has a bunch of 1st person narrators. But the main two narrators are Kendall and Max. Kendall (17/18) is a senior in high school. And Max (18) has just graduated high school.

    Kendall has just returned home from a few months in Europe. Max has decided to take a year off before going to university. They happen to witness a tragic accident that shakes them up. This leads them to wanting to perform random acts of kindness.

    This book takes place over a week (from December 26th-January 2nd).

    There is some romance in this story. But it isn't the key element. Although there is a bit of a love quadrangle.

    I really liked this book. But I was not expecting the story to be told the way it was. There were many narrators. Normally I do not really like the idea of too many narrators. But in this case it worked. And it was so different. The extra narrators were people that they helped. These were interesting perspectives. Because when you do something nice for a stranger, you never really know what their circumstances might be.

    Kendall was an interesting girl. She has ADHD. She is constantly writing in her notebook and making up histories for people she sees.

    Max was interesting as well. I really liked his grandfather and that whole storyline.

    My only real issue would be with the ending. It wasn't bad, but I'm not sure that it was satisfying to me. But overall this was a really moving and wonderful story. I loved the idea of the random acts of kindness. It made it the perfect story to read around the holidays.

    Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    3.5 stars. I've been looking for more contemporaries set in winter, so the setting was easily my favorite part of this story. There's just something magical about NYC with snow!

    The story takes place during the holiday season after Kendall returns from a semester in Europe. She goes to stay with her brother and his boyfriend in NYC while she processes how her next semester of high school will go. Max is the other main character who's taking a gap year before college. They both see a woman possibl

    3.5 stars. I've been looking for more contemporaries set in winter, so the setting was easily my favorite part of this story. There's just something magical about NYC with snow!

    The story takes place during the holiday season after Kendall returns from a semester in Europe. She goes to stay with her brother and his boyfriend in NYC while she processes how her next semester of high school will go. Max is the other main character who's taking a gap year before college. They both see a woman possibly die (but don't step in to help) and then later decide to do acts of kindness for strangers.

    I loved how Kendall would make up full background stories for random people she saw around the city. That was one of the richest parts of the story for sure. And her family was full of engaging characters as well!

    The writing was a bit melancholy and not as easy to breeze through. It read less like the upbeat rom coms that I've come to expect from a lot of winter contemporaries and more like an insightful character study. And it's a short read but there were still a lot of POVs... like you hear from Kendall, Max, the woman who was hurt, the strangers they help, other people in their lives, etc. And that's not necessarily bad, but the brevity did make it harder to get fully invested in anything.

    So this is more of a light winter read that would be perfect for winter break (except it's a January release). The back compares it to Sarah Dessen, but I'd also throw Nina LaCour in there too!

    Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a guy and girl who wanted to complete seven random acts of kindness before New Year’s Day in New Yo

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story about a guy and girl who wanted to complete seven random acts of kindness before New Year’s Day in New York City.

    I liked Kendall and Max in this, and I liked Kendall’s sense of adventure. Max was a really kind person and went out of his way to help people, and Kendall didn’t let her shortcomings hold her back.

    The storyline in this was about Max and Kendall trying to complete seven random acts of kindness before New Year’s Day in New York City after seeing an accident that they felt they could have possibly prevented. This was an interesting storyline, and it was nice to get a chapter from each of the people that they helped to see what their help really meant.

    The ending to this wasn’t a happily ever after as such, but was a fitting ending.

    ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

    7 out of 10

  • maymay❀

    - Stepping into a puddle of water AFTER I PUT ON BRAND NEW SOCKS

    - Love triangles

    And yet somehow I managed to love this book despite the very evident love triangle. Who have I become?

    I feel like this book would be the kind of contemporary I would write (if I ever finished any WIPs) bc I’ve had a slightly similar idea and so automatically I’m going to be biased

    but idk reading these KIND of cute contemporaries just make my heart sigh

    Also it takes place in winter, so you a

    - Stepping into a puddle of water AFTER I PUT ON BRAND NEW SOCKS

    - Love triangles

    And yet somehow I managed to love this book despite the very evident love triangle. Who have I become?

    I feel like this book would be the kind of contemporary I would write (if I ever finished any WIPs) bc I’ve had a slightly similar idea and so automatically I’m going to be biased

    but idk reading these KIND of cute contemporaries just make my heart sigh

    Also it takes place in winter, so you already know im trash

    - Kendall isn’t the smart genius girl, she actually struggles with her grades and getting into universities

    - Max is a baby bean who doesn’t have any clue where to take his life

    - SO RELATABLE

    - Its fun and cute and also has some deep moments

    - I REALLY LOVED THE SMALL SIDE STORIES THAT GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THE LIVES OF THE EVERYDAY PEOPLE WE NORMALLY WALK BY

    - Family centered story always wins my heart

    - Big E omg

    - The whole story is basically centered around little acts of kindnesssssss aww my sweet, caring babies

    - Kendall is so cute she makes up background stories for random strangers she sees

    - Light, cute story that you can finish in no time

    - I legit started the audiobook bc I was working on blog posts and needed to listen to something AND BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS LIKE HALFWAY THROUGH

    - Okay the ending took me by surprise bc I was expecting some cheesy cliché ending but WOW A REALISITC ENDING IM IMPRESSED

    - Obvs the love triangle

    - But I didn’t like HATE it, I barely even recognized it

    - it was more like I’ve built a reputation on hating love triangles so I just felt like it was my civil duty to continue

    - it might not be a memorable book but its really cute and entertaining

    - uhhhh besides that not much really to complain about

    -

    - Or maybe its just that the story is pretty adorbs

    4 stars!!

  • Jen Ryland

    I usually struggle with realistic fiction that features more than two narrators, but this book really pleased me - a great first read of 2018!

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  • emma

    can't stop reading contemporaries / won't stop reading contemporaries.

    this is a pretty good one! it's about this couple of beautiful teens with a ~complicated past~ (facebook relationship status: it's complicated) who witness something terrible and then embark on A Quest to do some random acts of kindness. pretty cool.

    the upsides:

    - kendall (who i almost just called "auburn" because of how often her hair is described as being auburn WE GET IT SHE'S A REDHEAD) can be kind of cool

    - there are fun f

    can't stop reading contemporaries / won't stop reading contemporaries.

    this is a pretty good one! it's about this couple of beautiful teens with a ~complicated past~ (facebook relationship status: it's complicated) who witness something terrible and then embark on A Quest to do some random acts of kindness. pretty cool.

    the upsides:

    - kendall (who i almost just called "auburn" because of how often her hair is described as being auburn WE GET IT SHE'S A REDHEAD) can be kind of cool

    - there are fun families in this book (i just love literally any mention of families in contemporaries because it NEVER HAPPENS)

    - new york setting!!!

    - new year's!!!!!

    - multiple perspectives and it Worked For Me

    the downsides:

    - love triangle (and an especially ????? one)

    - the romance was so bleh for me

    - when kendall wasn't cool she was a tad manic pixie dream-y

    - max (guy love interest) is boring

    - both max and kendall's recent pasts (max's semi-catastrophic ex-girlfriend; kendall's study abroad) felt thrown together??

    - honestly everything that didn't take place immediately within the narrative of this book (like 5 days) felt nonexistent

    bottom line: not amazing, not terrible. i should have read this around new year's rather than the beginning of summer but what, do i plan things now??? i think ahead all of the sudden?? as if.

  • Yusra ✨

    so that sucked

    it was honestly so cliché and piled with annoying POV shifts that I wish I cared about but uh,,, I do not ?? the writing was choppy and bland, the characters were all boring... gosh it was so cheesy and not in a good way.

    maybe maybe review to come where I spill the tea on my favs here, Kendall & Maxie

    (no really his girlfriend

    calls him Maxie) (and he replies)

    finally a successful buddy read with

    so that sucked

    it was honestly so cliché and piled with annoying POV shifts that I wish I cared about but uh,,, I do not ?? the writing was choppy and bland, the characters were all boring... gosh it was so cheesy and not in a good way.

    maybe maybe review to come where I spill the tea on my favs here, Kendall & Maxie

    (no really his girlfriend

    calls him Maxie) (and he replies)

    finally a successful buddy read with

  • Lily ☁️

    I’m starting this book three days late, oops. But better late than never?

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