Midnight Sun Review

Title: Midnight Sun
Author: Trish Cook
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 07 September 2017
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 29 July 2018



Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.


Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.
As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I requested this book because I saw the movie was coming out and it looked like it would be an adorable read and a fantastic contemporary romance.

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I found the writing to be quite simple. It made the narrator sound young, way younger than someone who has just graduated. The vocabulary was simple as well as the dialogue. Because of this fact, I found myself both racing through the book but not really connecting with it.

Plot Thoughts:

I enjoyed the plot. I thought that it had the typical structure of a contemporary young adult romance but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I think that the added suspense of Katie's decision to tell Charlie about her condition really helped with the pacing of the book because as a reader you are intrigued to see how he reacts and how everything gets spilt. I also really liked their relationship, it had some swoon-worthy moments.

Character Thoughts:

I couldn't really connect with the characters. I found myself enjoying their characters but I found myself lacking a connection. Katie's best friend honestly stole the show the moments she appeared on the page. She just seemed to have a little something more memorable about her. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this book is a great summer read. It has everything you could want from a YA contemporary book. However, the writing was quite simple in this book causing the narrator to sound younger than she actually was. The plot was definitely the highlight of this book. It has all the right elements of a swoon-worthy love interest and a possible doomed from the beginning romance. The characters are likeable but I didn't find myself really connecting with them. With that being said, I did enjoy the book. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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