The Midnights

The Midnights

Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she?s more interested in composing impressive chord progressions than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpecte Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the st...

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Title:The Midnights
Author:Sarah Nicole Smetana
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:B071DSP4K1
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Midnights Reviews

  • Kit Frick
    Nov 22, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

  • Lauren
    Mar 03, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

  • Gmr
    Mar 04, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

    This is a story about midnights...that mysterious time between morning and night that often gets wiled away as we slumber between the sheets. That's the norm for most, but what if it wasn't? What if during that magical in-between, where you have one foot in nighttime and one foot in mo...

  • Heather Ezell
    Jul 29, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

  • Liz Overberg
    Mar 05, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

  • Bethany
    Mar 12, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

  • Vicky Skinner
    Feb 01, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

  • Amber
    Mar 06, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

  • Jena
    Mar 04, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

  • Jessica | Booked J
    Jun 08, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

  • Shea
    Nov 04, 2016

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

  • Nicole
    Jul 06, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

    This is a story about midnights...that mysterious time between morning and night that often gets wiled away as we slumber between the sheets. That's the norm for most, but what if it wasn't? What if during that magical in-between, where you have one foot in nighttime and one foot in mo...

    The thing that first enticed me about The Midnights was the combination of the book cover and the title. The second thing that captured my interest was synopsis of the book. Upon reading the synopsis of the book, I thought The Midnights would be a story of a girl discovering herself th...

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Mar 07, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

  • Trista
    Jan 08, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

    This is a story about midnights...that mysterious time between morning and night that often gets wiled away as we slumber between the sheets. That's the norm for most, but what if it wasn't? What if during that magical in-between, where you have one foot in nighttime and one foot in mo...

    The thing that first enticed me about The Midnights was the combination of the book cover and the title. The second thing that captured my interest was synopsis of the book. Upon reading the synopsis of the book, I thought The Midnights would be a story of a girl discovering herself th...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Susannah has always had a special bond with her father. They connect through music. He is a washed up rock star, who continues to record and work with music in their home recording studio in the garage. Susannah wr...

    I was definitely expecting to lose myself in this book when I first started it and there were many times I did find myself getting completely absorbed into the story. There were also times where I was taken out of it and it took a while to lose myself again. There were a lot of differe...

  • Rachel Solomon
    Sep 13, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

  • Amber Smith
    May 23, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

    This is a story about midnights...that mysterious time between morning and night that often gets wiled away as we slumber between the sheets. That's the norm for most, but what if it wasn't? What if during that magical in-between, where you have one foot in nighttime and one foot in mo...

    The thing that first enticed me about The Midnights was the combination of the book cover and the title. The second thing that captured my interest was synopsis of the book. Upon reading the synopsis of the book, I thought The Midnights would be a story of a girl discovering herself th...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Susannah has always had a special bond with her father. They connect through music. He is a washed up rock star, who continues to record and work with music in their home recording studio in the garage. Susannah wr...

  • Dana Mele
    Jul 12, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Mar 15, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

  • Michelle
    Apr 02, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

  • Luke Reynolds
    Jul 18, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

  • Derek Milman
    Dec 01, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Feb 20, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

  • Brenda Rufener
    Aug 15, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 30, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

  • Just Reading Everything
    Nov 13, 2017

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

  • Leelo
    Apr 19, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Mar 24, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...

    A heartbreaking and real story with unique pacing and a cast of characters that all have distinct voices. This was a lovely book. It made me want to go out and learn how to play the guitar. Beautiful! ...

    ?Even as time passed, as my fingertips hardened into calluses, as I slipped into those awkward early teenage years, my father?s studio remained the sole place where I felt the most extraordinary, and most alive.? Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her musician father?s footst...

    The Midnights is a slow burn of a novel, the kind that slips beneath your skin with its harmonies and thrumming chords; that moves through you with its lyrical, immersive prose; and that builds to a beautiful crescendo of self-realization, revealed secrets, and a future brimming with t...

    Sarah Nicole Smetana's debut The Midnights is a delightful must-read for fans of YA contemp, romance, coming of age stories, & girls who rock. Extra nostalgia points if, like me, you spent (or spend) a decent amount of time in rock clubs, tuning guitars, scribbling lyrics and set l...

    A thoughtful, stunning and beautifully-written novel, THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana will leave you lost in the music of life as it follows one young girl?s journey of self-discovery as she explores the complexities of loss, grief, secrets, love, friends and family. Sevente...

    Susannah Hayes loves every moment that her dad allows her into his world--his garage studio where he writes music, drinks, and dreams of recreating his youth, sometimes not emerging from the studio (or even talking to Susannah) for days at a time. She knows her dad can be irresponsible...

    When my library put their list of new books out for the month, I just ordered a few that seemed like I might be interested in them. I?m so glad that I did! I started reading it knowing only that it was a coming of age story and that she was interested in music. I didn?t even re...

    This is a story about midnights...that mysterious time between morning and night that often gets wiled away as we slumber between the sheets. That's the norm for most, but what if it wasn't? What if during that magical in-between, where you have one foot in nighttime and one foot in mo...

    The thing that first enticed me about The Midnights was the combination of the book cover and the title. The second thing that captured my interest was synopsis of the book. Upon reading the synopsis of the book, I thought The Midnights would be a story of a girl discovering herself th...

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Susannah has always had a special bond with her father. They connect through music. He is a washed up rock star, who continues to record and work with music in their home recording studio in the garage. Susannah wr...

    I was definitely expecting to lose myself in this book when I first started it and there were many times I did find myself getting completely absorbed into the story. There were also times where I was taken out of it and it took a while to lose myself again. There were a lot of differe...

    hank you @booksparks sending me The Midnights and having me be a part of the pop up blog tour! Susannah Hayes?s father is a former rock star and the best way she can communicate with him is through music. Her life abruptly changes at the beginning of senior year when he unexpecte...

  • Stephanie Baka
    Apr 22, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

  • Milly Hammett
    Mar 09, 2018

    ?You have to shake your notions of good and bad, and create outside of judgement. Follow the instinct, not he convention.? I wanted to love this so much and I just didn?t and that makes me really sad. I was looking for this moving story of grief and family and Susannah findi...

    * REVIEW OF ARC I RECEIVED * The Midnights is a lush, poetic, coming-of-age tale set in present-day CA. Sarah Nicole Smetana is too clever a writer to present your typical palm-tree-shadowed California love story, with sea-blue swimming pools, and empty In-N-Out wrappers scattered a...

    THE MIDNIGHTS is one of the most exquisite YA novels I've ever read, with an evocative, dreamy setting that is truly a character in itself. I've never read a Southern California so raw and alive and unapologetic. Sarah Nicole Smetana's prose should be savored like the darkest dark choc...

    A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery. *I received an advance copy* ...

    Smetana's gorgeous writing and heartfelt storytelling soar in THE MIDNIGHTS. The novel follows Susannah, a seventeen-year old who has music thriving in her bones, who's uprooted from her LA home and moved to Orange County with her mother after experiencing a monumental loss. The passag...

    I've been dying to read The Midnights ever since I saw Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of the AMAZING You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, raving about it on Goodreads. I figured if she'd loved it I'd probably love it as well, and as it turns out, I was one hundred percent correct (thankfully!). ...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars I am always up for a good grief and loss book, and The Midnights absolutely fit the bill. It was filled with the pain we associate with losing a loved one, and the ways one may go about trying to fill the hole left in their heart. ?Pro: Smetana beautifully dep...

    IThank you to Booksparks for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. really loved reading this book. I was completely in the mood for some YA fiction, and this was a perfect fit. I mean, not only was it set at that slightly awkward, slightly ang...

    If the title isn't enough to grab you, the premise will!!! LOVE! ...

    DNF at 30%. I'm just gonna stop pretending that I will ever continue reading this. I had a hard time deciding to DNF this because there's nothing I can really say about it. I can't pinpoint an exact reason why I didn't enjoy it, I just simply didn't. I was not attached to any of the ch...

    Visceral and heart breaking, THE MIDNIGHTS explores grief and artistry and the secrets that make up a family, a friendship, an identity in both sharp and subdued layers. The voice is absolutely evocative of Janet Fitch, both in terms of the prose overall but also in the way Sarah captu...

    Friendship, family, music, and romance. All layered in a way that will touch your heart and make you feel. Really feel! Also, I appreciated the OC setting. Haven't read many books, although I'm sure they exist, that capture this California atmosphere. Smetana's light stroke paints a vi...

    The Midnights is a moving story about family, grief, music, and finding yourself. Set in Southern Califonia, there is a strong sense of place. The Los Angeles area is captured beautifully, and not as a glitzy Hollywood stereotype, but rather in a richly nuanced way that could only come...

    Review also found on Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. For the first time in ages, I felt truly captivated by a YA contemporary novel. Latel...

    Susannah and her father have a bond through music. Her entire existence is connected to music. Her parents actually met at her dad?s concert, his biggest hit was about her mother and Susannah knows her dad quit the band when her mom got pregnant. Susannah loves music too. She love...

    Bibliophile Euphoria This story has a melancholy feel to it with a side dish of inspirational.  Through the wondrous power of music, this beautiful story navigates the path of friendship, family, the grief of losing someone, and finding who you are. (Proven once again, music never ...

    It?s kind of awkward when a book you bought with your own money ends up being something you DNF. Oof. But the more I think about it, I?m just not sure if I?m interested in continuing this book. The Midnights feels like it would be better suited for an adult literary novel fram...

    So many of my writing friends were raving about Smetana's The Midnights on Twitter, so when I saw a copy available for review, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek. I wasn't disappointed. Smetana writes beautifully and evocatively. She captured that delicate age where you realize...