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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 progressions 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.



“A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery.”
—Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be

“THE MIDNIGHTS is a fiercely beautiful song of a book. This story won’t leave your heart.”
—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King


“A thoughtful, literary first book. Fans of character-driven coming-of-age stories will find all they could want and more.”

“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.”
—School Library Journal

“Emotionally layered and moving.”
—Publisher's Weekly

“Susannah’s first-person narration is punctuated with evocative descriptions of the Santa Anas and the wildfires they bring—characters in their own right... A touching story about the painful process of moving on.”
—Kirkus Reviews

The Midnights follows Susannah through a sort of in-between year, one in which she loses someone precious and perhaps gains something priceless... Smetana's debut is ambitious but thoughtful, especially when it comes to Susannah's knowledge and intuitive understanding of music and lyrics.”

“Musical prose and moving characters... Smetana brings the Southern California setting alive in a dreamy burst of color.”

“With a plot that is effortlessly captivating, this is the kind of coming-of-age story that settles in your heart and doesn't let go.”

“This is one of the most beautiful YA books that I have ever read... perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.”


Listen to the official playlist for THE MIDNIGHTS on Spotify.


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The Band that Vanished, and the Songs that Stayed,  GERM Magazine
Stories and Songs: How Music Helped Me Feel Less Alone, YA Interrobang
Love, Sex, and a Case for Not Finding 'The One', Pop! Goes The Reader
Nostalgia Won't Let You Down: Four Songs that Defined My Teenage Years, Fangirlish
In Support of YA Parents, She Writes
Susannah's Favorite Classic Rock Songs in THE MIDNIGHTS,



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