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, shes 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 unexpectedly her dreamsand her realityshatter.While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again....
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The Midnights Reviews
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 depicted the emotional pain experienced by the characters in this book. The grief and suffering was utterly palpable.
•Con: I know it's realistic for some people to spin a little out of control when they are grieving, but I had ...more
This book was so emotional and beautiful, I swore that I was actually the main character while I was reading. Sarah's ability to describe a setting totally immersed me into the world of THE MIDNIGHTS and never let me go. Although this book is a little more melancholy and less escapist than my normal favorite contemporaries, I still found it an amazing read. I could relate on such a close level to Susannah's love for music and her intense longing in the book really struck me as I read.
A fantastic ...more
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 from someone who has lived there. Nature is almost personified at times in the Santa Ana winds, earthquakes, and wildfires. As someone who lived for many years in Southern California, I really loved that aspect of ...more
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 morning, you were spending time with those you love, making memories to cherish, and impressions you'll need to hold on to all too soon? What if you were not only able to reach out to someone who is more desperately ...more
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 characters, I thought they all felt a little bit emotionless (not that they really were but the emotions didn't really come through in the writing). I constantly had to force myself to pick this up and then I still o ...more
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 unexpectedly dies and she is forced to move to another town and a new high school.
Set in LA the author uses Southern California weather to showcase the non-glossy side of lala-land. Wildfires, earthquakes, storms and Santa Ana w ...more
* 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 across the leather seats of convertibles.
Instead, the west coast is painted in tangerine, volcanic shades; a sleeping beast that might awake at any second. Fires, quakes, and storms threaten with every new twist and sh ...more
Ugh. Definitely falling into a slump.
Break down of story: Talented musician/father dies leaving his daughter to try an deal with the loss and figure out what happened that night. On top of having to cope with the tragic death of her father, she also has to move, make new friends, and deal with possible love-ish feelings.
This story deals a lot with music and the passion behind it, so if that resonates with you, try this out. Unfortunately, I don't have a musical talent or passion and got bored ...more