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The Midnights
Smetana, Sarah Nicole, author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
407 pages ; 22 cm
As her senior year of high school begins, Susannah, who wants to follow in her father's rock music footsteps, is intent on writing the perfect song, until her father's death and a move to a new city threatens her plans for the future.

Susannah Hayes wants to follow in her father's rock music footsteps. As her senior year in high school begins, she is intent on writing the perfect song. But her father's death and a move to a new city threatens her plans for the future. Determined to reinvent herself as a confident singer-songwriter-bandmember, Susannah discovers that she is not the only one keeping secrets.
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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, she's 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 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.

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 you're still finding yourself.

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Booklist Review

Susannah Hayes has always been in awe of her ex-rocker father and treasures the late-night songwriting sessions they have together even as she fights to hold his attention. When he dies suddenly, Susannah's mother moves them both to another part of Southern California to live with the grandmother Susannah's always believed to be dead. As she deals with her grief, Susannah also finds herself entangled with a local band, at first just hanging out with the band and its posse, then writing songs and even singing with them. But as intoxicating as her new life is, the past catches up with it, and one way or another, Susannah will have to deal with the things that she and both her parents have left behind. Set over Susannah's last year of high school, this is a thoughtful, literary first book. Quite a few plotlines are packed into it, and one or two wouldn't be missed, but fans of character-driven coming-of-age stories will find all they could want and more.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Senior year for Susannah is less about college applications than it is about writing the perfect song. She craves the validation of her aloof, former-rock star father who is too busy running from the present in an attempt to recapture the past. His unexpected death shatters Susannah's world, throwing her into a new town rife with secrets-from the grandmother she thought was dead to a new friend who seems too good to be true. A fresh start might not be so bad, especially when she gets the chance to join a band and bring her music to life. Susannah even gets to perform at her dream venue, The Troubadour, but somehow it doesn't feel right. Her bandmates seem to be pushing her away, her new best friend is hiding something, and the music has lost its magic. Susannah's journey will challenge everything she thought she knew about her father and herself. Smetana expertly rests her story against a cool rock-and-roll California background. There is a balance between the romantic ideal of playing guitar in dim back rooms with the reality of drunk partygoers oblivious to the emotional toll creativity can take. The journey takes precedence over the destination in this evenly paced novel. VERDICT An atmospheric voyage through grief and self-discovery perfect for fans of Julie Buxbaum's Tell Me Three Things and Tim Federle's The Great American Whatever.-Carrie Finberg, South Park High School, PA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.