12 must-read new YA book releases to get us through April

Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller. Image Courtesy HarperCollins Publishing
Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller. Image Courtesy HarperCollins Publishing /
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Meet Me at Midnight – Jessica Pennington

Jessica Pennington’s Meet Me at Midnight is everything you want from a summer romp – rivalry, romance, and a comedic mismatch between a couple who is obviously made for each other.

Basically this book was made to read at the beach – or poolside, or wherever you’re planning on relaxing this spring. (Which…given everything that’s going on in the world (yikes) might be your bathtub at home. And that’s perfectly okay. This novel is escapism at its best, no matter where you read it.

Meet Me at Midnight follows the story of Sidney and Asher, two competitive swimmers who spend every summer at the same lake. But even though this all sounds like it should be he opening to a classic teen romcom, the two spend most of their time coming up with increasingly outrageous ways to prank one another than fall in love.

Until…they can’t anymore.

The summer after their senior year, both teens learn that their families are being kicked out of their neighboring lake houses. So, naturally, they decide to join forces to get the ultimate revenge – and punish the woman who drove them away from their best summer ever. And maybe finally realize how much they like one another along  the way.

The official synopsis has more details about what to expect from the story.

"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."

Meet Me at Midnight is available on April 7.