Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Together at Midnight

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

Details Together at Midnight

TitleTogether at Midnight
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Together at Midnight

  • maymay ☕
    Things I Hate: - Stepping into a puddle of water AFTER I PUT ON BRAND NEW SOCKS- Love triangles And yet somehow I managed to love this book despite the very evident love triangle. Who have I become? I feel like this book would be the kind of contemporary I would write (if I ever finished any WIPs) bc I’ve had a slightly similar idea and so automatically I’m going to be biased kidding but idk reading these KIND of cute contemporaries just make...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars. I've been looking for more contemporaries set in winter, so the setting was easily my favorite part of this story. There's just something magical about NYC with snow!The story takes place during the holiday season after Kendall returns from a semester in Europe. She goes to stay with her brother and his boyfriend in NYC while she processes how her next semester of high school will go. Max is the other main character who's taking a gap ...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “I put my toes on the tip of the curb and look down and think maybe a cliff is no different than a street corner. Sometimes you just have to take a step, and sometimes you have to take a leap, and either way, all that really matters is that you’re not standing still.” This was a YA contemporary story about a guy and girl who wanted to complete seven...
  • Jennifer
    Together at Midnight is a standalone YA contemporary novel. This is my first book by this author.I loved that this book was set in New York City. I loved that this book was set around the holidays. It made this the perfect book to read right now.This book has a bunch of 1st person narrators. But the main two narrators are Kendall and Max. Kendall (17/18) is a senior in high school. And Max (18) has just graduated high school.Kendall has just retu...
  • Lauren
    Jennifer Castle won me over with her debut novel The Beginning of After way back when. So when the chance arose to read and review her latest YA, Together At Midnight, I jumped at the opportunity. The cover was gorgeous, the storyline sounded interesting, and it took place during the holiday season - the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be exact. Simply put, I couldn’t wait to dive in! Thankfully, Together at Midnight is another must ...
  • Jen Ryland
    I usually struggle with realistic fiction that features more than two narrators, but this book really pleased me - a great first read of 2018!Find my full review of Together at Midnight here.Read more of my reviews on or check out my Bookstagram!I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.
  • Sam Kozbial
    I thought this book was going to be about two people committing random acts of kindness around NYC, but it was about so much more. It was about relationships, finding your passion, and finding yourself.•Pro: I found both Kendall and Max very likable and relatable. Both had great personal qualities, and I would love to have either of them as my friend. I found myself rooting for them both equally as they struggled with the big question of what t...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    Review Oh what a lovely little story this was. I loved the focus on doing RAKs - random acts of kindness. I mean we called all serve to do more of them ourselves and help make the world a little bit of a kinder place. What a wonderful message to have in a book.Besides that, I really enjoyed the characters Kendall and Max. They each had their own stuff going on and circumstances bring them together again during the days before New Year's. We see ...
  • Jasprit
    Together at Midnight was definitely a different read than what I was expecting it to be, Castle’s way of giving us the story completely won me over. You could say I wasn’t really expecting much with Kendall and Max setting themselves to perform random acts of kindness, anyone could do this right? But what would you even class as a random act of kindness, how would you know you’re even helping someone? This ended up being one tough act to co...
  • Kiki Cole
    I really loved the message that this book had. I especially appreciate the realism that this book presented. There wasn't any sugar coating, it was all raw story. The fact that this was mostly revolving around acts of kindness really stood out to me because in today's world, we find it harder to perform acts of kindness because it could come off in a weird or creepy way. It's hard to try to help a stranger because everyone has grown so reserved i...
  • Dayla
    This was a really surprising read. I was a little bit skeptical going in because the synopsis sounded a wee bit preachy but the story was just very thought provoking. I loved the dynamic between the two protagonists the most, and how their relationship and friendship is one where they both depended on and helped each other during difficult moments. I liked the open-ended nature of the novel as well and how there’s a hint of “anything can happ...
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    I'm glad Together at Midnight is being published during winter because it's perfect for that time of the year. New York, during the last couple of days of December, two people and a couple of strangers. It was perfect. The way Jennifer Castle writes is just atmospheric. If you are on a lookout for a cozy winter read, look no further.
  • ضحى الحداد
    I was anticipating this book for a couple of weeks and the moment it was released I started reading .. and finished it in one sitting .. literally it was a fun ride and I really enjoyed the acts of kindness and how it affected people in many ways that you don't expect, so the book talks about these two people Max and Kendall who witness an accident and feel so guilty about it that they start a dare to do random acts of kindness for strangers and ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I really enjoyed this one! It was very heartwarming, and basically adorable. I don't do fluffy often, but when I do, this is how I want it to be. There was a lot of focus on family, which was great. I definitely shipped the particular two people who I wanted to end up together at the end. I loved that the main characters were on an adven...
  • Lauren
    You can also read this review on my blog (with much better formatting!).Together at Midnight is a YA contemporary romance about two teens who take on a challenge to complete seven random acts of kindness before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s in New York City. The book takes place over the course of one week. "Kindness isn't objective, you know. One person's kindness is another person's intrusion." I’m awfully picky with my review bo...
  • Ginger at
    Jennifer Castle is such a quietly strong voice in the YA community today. This is my third novel of her’s to read & once again I’m wow’ed by the beauty of her storytelling. For fans of books set in New York City, throw in the holiday season, plus a task at hand for two misguided teens — you’ll want to read this novel!
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Initial Impressions 2/21/18: 3.5 stars Okay, so. The synopsis for this book was....... not this when I first added it to my TBR. I thought this was cute and fluffy and feel-good. It's not heavyper se but it's not light and fluffy, so I was super surprised to hear about the accident (not a spoiler, or well, I guess it's not a spoiler if you read the updated synopsis) and how much it set things into motion. The book was interesting and it was very ...
  • Kaylee Gwyn
    I’m SO SO glad this was my first book of 2018. This book had an incredibly honest and hopeful story about friendships, loss, love and what it means to be kind and to help others. Told from alternating POVS, the story follows Kendall and Max as they face a turning point in each of their lives. They witness a tragic accident that completely shakes their current life path and they embark on a series of Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) to help ease t...
  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    Together At Midnight was freakin' adorable! I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did because I'm sometimes a bit iffy about contemporary books, especially ones set around the holidays. I'm not sure why. I think Dash & Lily's Book of Dares put me off because I hated that one. So I was putting off reading Together At Midnight, which was silly because it's a really good book.I loved the random acts of kindness that the main characters took par...
  • Madison
    Together At Midnight is an inspiring YA novel - romantic, but also so much more about kindness, society, and being brave enough to step outside yourself to help others.Kendall, just home from a year studying abroad, doesn't want to resume her regular life, including returning to her old high school. So she flees to New York to stay with her brother and reconnect with an old friend-and unrequited crush-hoping that the past months talking online me...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    Picked this up because I’m doing the #24in48 readathon, but had to leave the house to meet a friend, so I couldn’t keep reading the other book I’m currently working through on my laptop and I didn’t want to put it down. This novel takes place over the course of eight days, from Dec. 26th to January, 2nd, and yes, Together at Midnight does refer to NYE in NYC. Because why wouldn’t it? It’s a story about Max and Kendall. Two teens who k...
  • Lauren R.
    This more than lived up to my expectations! I was looking for a good January read and it delivered. Very wintery and would be perfect to read as a final book of the year, since it leads up to New Years. Max and Kendall were really fun to follow around the city as they performed their random acts of kindness. There were some moments that they bugged me, but I enjoyed them as a pair overall.
  • Cassandra
    This was the perfect Christmas-time read. Holiday vibes, cutesy romances, and a quirky and engaging plot that made this the kind of book to curl around and binge read in front of a fireplace and snow logged windows. Bonus points for not crossing the line of cute romance to airheaded romance. Props.Full review to come!
  • Jamie
    Today was supposed to be all about speed reading one or two chapters of a dozen books for a sales meeting but I just sat and read this whole thing. Very sweet.
  • Kimberley
    I received an ARC of Together at Midnight, by Jennifer Castle, via Edelweiss+. Sometimes you have to take a step, and sometimes you have to take a leap, and either way, all that really matters is that you're not standing stillTogether at Midnight is about making choices: good, bad, and indifferent. Everyone in this novel is making a choice. Every. One. There is no escaping the choices made, but the consequences of said choices are always made cle...
  • Amanda Drover-Hartwick
    I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and Edelweiss, for allowing me to review.Together At Midnight begins with Kendall making a list of “Things to do to make next year not suck”. She is back in her family home after finishing a Movable School Program where she got to travel to Paris, Rome, London, and Ireland as part of her high school curriculum. After Christmas Kendall ...
  • Colona Public Library
    I read a lot of mystery books and need a palate cleanser. This was the perfect book. A YA book will a little romance. This was pretty much a cookie-cutter YA novel, but I enjoyed reading it. Kendall comes back from a semester abroad and has to re-adjust to life back home. She communicated with her crush during the trip, and was hoping to connect with him once she is home. Once home she leaves with her brother and his boyfriend to New York City to...
  • Sascha
    After nearly two years of book blogging, I have learned a few things along the way. One of the most important is to stick with a book even if something at the beginning doesn’t work for you. In the case of Jennifer Castle’s Together at Midnight, my initial impression of Kendall was that she was a spoiled brat and the thought of reading about her for the entire book made me feel definitely “meh.” But I stuck with it.And it’s that initial...