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 interested in composing impressive chord progres

  • Title: The Midnights
  • Author: Sarah Nicole Smetana
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 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 unexpecteSusannah 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 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 dreams and her reality shatter.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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    1. “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 finding herself, but this book made me feel absolutely nothing. I didn’t connect to it at all - not the characters, not the relationships, not the plot. Nothing. I can’t remember the last book that I was completely apathe [...]

    2. 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 chocolate. So many lines burrowed into my heart and stuck in my throat. I loved and ached for Susannah, grieving the sudden loss of the musician father who didn't have enough time for her. Every member of Susannah's fr [...]

    3. 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*

    4. * 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 [...]

    5. 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 passages about grief and striving to find answers are heartbreakingly realistic and thoughtful, and Smentana's masterful plot is effortlessly captivating. It's the kind of coming-of-age story that settles in your heart a [...]

    6. 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 captures the raw natures of LA and Orange County. The description does not lie: you can *feel* the scintillating landscape that Susannah navigates -- both the external and internal. And also the music. THE MUSIC. <3

    7. 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 vivid picture with all senses evoked. THE MIDNIGHTS is a must-read for 2018! Can't wait to see this book on the shelves.

    8. 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!

    9. 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 your parents aren't who you thought--or hoped--they were, grief, and relationships both platonic and romantic. I savored and enjoyed every word. Her main character, Susannah, was authentic and strong yet very vuln [...]

    10. 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 the promise of things unknown. Sarah Nicole Smetana has written a beautiful debut about family, friendship, loss, and music that rocks and hums in equal measure. I was lucky to read an advanced copy, and I'm so exci [...]

    11. 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 lists on scraps of paper, and trying to figure out the difference between a good kisser and a good liar.

    12. 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 different themes and different bonds, and I really liked seeing how the author explored each one and how she used them within each other. There was the family bond, the bonds of friendship, but there was also the bond Sus [...]

    13. This book was about the different kinds of relationships with a father and daughter, friendships with girl friends and even those one's romance ones. She loses her dad , and they move in with her Grandma that she didn't even know about. She finds a way to make music and finally come to peace with things in her life. She does find some romance with one boy , and another boy seems to have a crush on her too. Overall a great story that has music and friends. I adore her mom .

    14. (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)While I really loved Susannah's character, I was deeply intrigued by the characters of her family. This book is definitely focused on Susannah's journey and discovery-process, but at the same time, she finds out new sides to her own family. It's almost like in this book she not only discovers who she wants to be, but also re-discovers her own family - including her father.I think [...]

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