Release date: April 7th, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Price: $17.99 USD
Blurb: 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 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.
Thankyou so much to the amazing peeps over at Tor Teen and Netgalley for introducing me Jessica Pennington’s work. Not usually one to dive in to contemporary novels with vigour, the offer was a great push to get me out of my comfort zone.
So I will start by telling you that the protagonists in this one act like small children despite being pretty much grown arse adults – Asher and Sidney are about to head off to college so that means they are at least 17, definitely old enough to know better than to coat the ground in mayo or leave a dead fish under a bed in sweltering heat. Now when these two cause themselves and their respective families to be evicted from the holiday homes they have spend every year in since they were tweens, you would think that they would get the point and lay off the pranks. Instead they decide to pool their smarts and prank they landlord, such a smart idea… My point is that they act like immature dipshits for a while and I almost gave up on the whole damn thing because *eyeroll*. Thankfully after around the first third it actually turned into a story that I kind of wanted to read.
If you’re still with me, great but be warned this next bit is a little spoilery. If not, that’s understandable too because honestly if I had have stopped reading this it would have just been a 1000 word rant about immature and unrelatable teens. As I said before, once the initial childish stuff is over, it turns into a kind of sweet love story. The two have known each other for years and instead of being childhood sweethearts, they just kind of hated each other and tormented their nemeses for 8 weeks every year. Now here is where I tell you, despite the ending and who Sid ends up with – both guys are sweet and caring and really just want to make her happy – I was kind of rooting for the other guy. But alas this is a YA romantic type novel and young love conquers all etc despite it being a kind of unhealthy relationship.
So, there’s not really a lot more to say because it’s a typical boy meets girl, boy and girl hate each other, another guy meets girl, first boy gets jealous, kissy faces, resolution and the love triangle is broken. I do however want to make comment about the fact that THERE’S NOT A HAPPY ENDING! Or at least not in the traditional sense. There are post summer love chapters and it all feels very Me After You as all the people involved try to put the pieces back together of what was previously their regular lives.
And here’s that wrap up everyone scrolls for. Yes, it’s a teen romance and its kind of cute but first you have to get past the ridiculously immature bits. Some of the pranks were actually kind of funny (looking at you Cherry Kool Aid) but some just felt a little overdone. There isn’t a happy ending and I thought it was the best thing to ever come from a YA novel about relationships and loving the people you never thought you would. The slow burn/gradual realisation of where the MC’s stand with those around them was well done. Overall, while it wasn’t the greatest novel I have ever read, if you are keen for a love story that a little let of field and takes some unlikely turns, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up.
Until next time lovelies xo