Together at Midnight (Hardcover)
Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.
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 kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.
Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?
Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.
Jennifer Castle's first novel, The Beginning of After, was named an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Book. She wrote many unproduced movie and TV scripts before returning to her first love, fiction . . . but she's still hooked on film and the way we can find and tell our stories with images. She lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley.
— Publishers Weekly
“Castle’s easy prose alternates between [the characters’] perspectives and is interspersed with brief, poignant insights from the strangers they help along the way... Feel-good holiday fare.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A heartwarming, tender, and wistful look at the power of goodwill.”
“Castle crafts relatable, endearingly flawed characters that readers will love. This book captures the magical essence of winter in New York City... It is a story that builds empathy and encourages teens to connect more with those in their own world but also with the world as a whole.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Recommended for collections where realistic fiction such as Eleanor & Park or Jennifer Castle’s other novels are popular.”
— School Library Journal