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Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.
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 season.
Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.
Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?
Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Jennifer Castle's first novel, The Beginning of After, was named an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Book. She wrote many unproduced movie and TV scripts before returning to her first love, fiction . . . but she's still hooked on film and the way we can find and tell our stories with images. She lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Castle's previous works (THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, WHAT HAPPENS NOW) and was super excited to jump into this one. TOGETHER AT MIDNIGHT follows Max and Kendall who, after witnessing a terrible accident and feeling that they could've done more to prevent it, set out on a quest to complete seven random acts of kindness before the year ends in just four days. Along the way they both discover secrets and truths about themselves, their families, and each other. This was such a terrific, triumphant novel that hit all the right notes. I loved following Max and Kendall on their journey, and seeing how much they grew. The perfect read for when you're snowed in, or even just wishing you were!
Before reading this one, I was struggling with 2018 reads. I just kept starting and stopping them, just to start something else. Maybe it was the holiday, but for some reason this is exactly what I needed and I ended up reading it in two days! Kendall and Max both see an accident that will stay with them for a long time. This sparks something in them, to begin doing Random Acts of Kindness for strangers. But as the year winds down, Kendall and Max finds out how much fun they have together, but will they wind up together? My favorite part of this was the originality of the way the story was told. Not only was it told through the eyes of Kendall and Max, but it was also told through the strangers they helped. It was interesting to see some of theirs issues that they were going through. People don't always think about the stranger, they're more focused on their good deed and forget the reason they even wanted to do it. I also really liked that this was centered around New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Most books that are about a holiday are centered around Christmas, so this was a welcome change. It's a small detail, but it's a very welcome change from what people normally do. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the characters. They're not really introduced to us. Castle gives us so many details about them, but we have no real back story of them. I would've loved to know more about Kendall and her anxiety. Without this information, I just didn't feel fully connected to them. For the most part, this story was a really great one that I got lost in. It was the perfect holiday read to help me ring in the new year!
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.