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The Midnights
The Midnights | Sarah Nicole Smetana
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This voice-driven coming-of-age YA novel is perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Playlist for the Dead. 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 patterns 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. Set against the scintillating landscape of Southern California, The Midnights is an evocative coming-of-age debut about loss, creativity, and finding your voice while youre still finding yourself.
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Mehso-so

There are correlations to “Things that Happened Before the Earthquake” (the CA setting & teens) and to a lesser extent to “Marlena”, but the writing didn‘t hold a candle to either.

It seemed like the writing used both too many & not enough words to adequately get to the point. Susannah was cool, but her inner dialogue was too aged in comparison to her boy-centric actions. Overall it felt so scattered, perhaps appropriate for teenage MCs.