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Sometime After Midnight

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
#AlexFromTarget meets queer Prince Charming in this glittering romcom following a teen music prodigy and the handsome socialite who unwittingly turns him into an internet sensation.

In a dingy Los Angeles club late one night, Cameron and Nate meet and find they have much more in common than their love of an obscure indie band. But when Nate learns that Cameron is the heir t
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published June 12th 2018)
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own
This was the perfect "Cinderfella" novel that I didn't know I wanted! I didn't really know what to expect with this read and I'm happily pleased with it.

This was a cute and fun read but actually incorporated quite a bit of heavy content. Prior to reading this novel, I had predicted that this would be an emotional read thinking that it would be a coming out story. That actually was not the emotional part because these characters were both actively out. I don't know why but I actually really enjo
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Brittany
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be - sweet, funny, well-written, and full of music that made me want to plug in my headphones and fall into the melodies and lyrics that move me. It reminded me occasionally of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but it had a lovely Cinderella-feel all its own. Both boys are adorable, the sidekicks are wonderful, and it just makes you smile. And let me just say that when I'm willing to stay up to finish a teen-centric novel sometime after midnight (see w ...more
Vicky Who Reads
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Hot damn.

This book was great. It was wonderful. It was such a lovely twist on tropes that are nearing the end of their lifespan.

I really enjoyed reading this one, and it was such a bundle of fun, I couldn't help but enjoy.

It was like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but better and wayyy more queer. It was more exciting, less try-hard-quirky, and had enough tropes to pull you in but not too much to push you out.

I mean, this was basically made for me. It combines all my favorite tropes
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Danielle Chambers
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, lgbt, 2018-lgbt
Aw, this book was so cute. I really, really loved Nate and Cameron. They were both so adorable and geeky.

The one problem I had with the book is a fault of my own. I have zero knowledge of music and there is a lot of music references and talk in this book. So, therefore, a lot of those parts went over my head. But the character and main story were good enough that I still loved the book.

I was happy about the lgbt representation in this book. I was pleasantly surprised about mental illness being
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Luke Reynolds
ARC Review (6/3/18, received courtesy of Sarah Prineas)

There was this moment where Nate wanted to go into hiding because the paparazzi attention was too much after the show picture went viral, and I had to put the book down because that didn’t make sense to me at all. How does he so easily become a roadie for a band after that?

I feel like this book didn’t have the most realistic portrayal of the music industry, but you win some, you lose some, I guess. There was also some feint judgmental toward
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Yapha
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic-fiction, ya
A super fun, modern retelling of Cinderella with a touch of Romeo and Juliet. When Nate meets the cute boy at the night club, he doesn't realize that it is Cameron Pierce, heir to the Pierce music dynasty. Nate always blamed Cameron's father for the destruction of his own father's musical career. As Nate runs from the scene, Cameron snaps a quick picture of Nate's sharpie decorated high tops. When Cameron's twin sister posts the picture online, the hunt for Nate begins. Told in alternating voice ...more
Melissa
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars

Cute contemporary with a little bit of depth, I loved the idea of a "Cinderfella" story; a twist on the classic Cinderella story and an easy read.
Katie
Review to come, but that was delightful
Kait(lyn) ✨
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs
Actual rating 3.5

RTC!
Colleen
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ah what a cute book! I loved the relationship between Nate and Cam. And the plot was awesome. This is another perfect summer read.
Sam
4.5 stars: Apart from the fact that their first conversation happens during a slow song at a concert (there's a special ring in hell for people who talk loudly during a ballad), this was super cute! A slow burn romance! So many music references! A fun cover and a great twist on Cinderella!
Teresa
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
****3.5 Stars****
This book was exactly what I needed it to be; fun, some tears but overall a book that kept me smiling throughout. The music theme (and lyrics) in the book made it stand out a bit from the other YA books that I have been reading lately. Nate and Cameron's relationship is pretty damn adorable as well...I can't lie but I cried both happy and sad tears during the book because of them.
Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!
Melissa
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was darling. I loved the music discussions, whether about great existing bands or the way playing makes you feel, and the characters are so darn loveable! Completely enjoyed this one.
Dan
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, lgbtqa, ya
This book was SO CUTE. It was EVERYTHING I wanted and more. I read Perfect Ten, L. Philips's last book, and loved it. When I saw the summary of this new one a few months ago, I couldn't wait to read it.

This book follows Nate-a small-town boy with a guitar who wants to be a musician just like his late father, and Cam-the rich son of the owner of a major record label. Nate's father was actually signed to Cam's family's record label years ago, but after some circumstances that aren't very clear, N
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Kyle Kerr
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book overall. What I especially appreciated was a gay book that had nothing to do with BEING GAY. No one had a problem with the main characters being gay, they had no anxiety about being gay themselves; it was just another aspect of their lives and nothing more. And that is so refreshing to read.

The story of two musicians finding their missing piece in each other was also great, as was the mystery of Nate's father's death and how Cam's family (his own father, in particular) may have
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Rachel Goldstein
This was a cute, deeply music-loving book. I appreciate how none of the parents and step-parents in this Cinderella-type tale are wicked, or ill-intentioned at all, even when they're not great. And I like how there aren't fairy godmothers who show up to fix things and disappear, but consistently supportive friends and siblings around the main characters. Really, the Cinderella part of the story is only the inciting incident, and it's very self-aware. The story after that, when the characters hav ...more
Lauren
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
L. Philips does it again - the master of awkwardly cute dialogue and musical insight.

Truly, I love Philips’ voice and writing style to bits. It’s easy to get sucked in to, and the characters she creates are always vivid and poignant. She has a way of writing a happy-ending, light-feeling story while still tackling larger issues with sincerity. Obviously the romance is the focal point of the plot, but another level always exists to the narrative that shines equally as bright.

Sometime After Midni
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Kaitie
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This has the potential to be an amazing story and instead fell flat for me. While I did like the concept, I felt as though the delivery was lack luster. I didn't love any of the characters and there needed to be more kissing. None of the plot lines ever truly felt like the got wrapped up, and I felt that everything was too easy for the characters, especially towards the end. Overall not terrible, but a disappointment nonetheless.
Laura
Jul 09, 2018 added it
Super cute and a quick read. Everything is wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end, but it’s also a fairytale retelling so that didn’t bother me. Not quite sure how I feel about how it dealt with mental health. Otherwise, it was pretty adorable. More thoughts soon!
Lainey Klassen
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5
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The pen name for Laura Wettersten who lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs. She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she’s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns. Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases f ...more
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