by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Music
In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi is one of those contemporary novels that will leave you with a book hangover. It has the perfect mix of romance and excitement. The use of flashbacks, a relatable plot and musical elements make this book so extraordinary.
I found it really interesting how The Night We Said Yes is set in both the past and the present. The story begins “Now” and includes flashbacks to “Then”, before one of the characters, Matt, moved away. Gibaldi makes use of this flashing back technique beautifully by revealing so much about how the characters have changed over time. Readers can become engaged and feel as if they have know them forever.
Contemporary realistic fiction at its finest, the plot of The Night We Said Yes is very relatable and relevant. In this book, not everything goes as planned. The friends fight, the couples fight, and there are lots of fireworks. Readers will no doubt find themselves identifying with at least one of the characters in Gibaldi’s novel. The situations are ones that most of us can relate to and they are depicted so wonderfully that it is hard not keep emotions in check while reading.
One of my favourite elements of this book is how Lauren Gibaldi incorporated music to help define the personalities of the characters. Two of the main characters, Jake and Matt, are members of a band. In The Night We Said Yes, the instrument that each band member plays is a reflection of his/her personality. For example, Jake is the lead singer and just happens to be egotistical and demanding of attention. Giving us a window into the persona of these characters in a musical way is such a cool concept.
I recommend The Night We Said Yes to fans of the contemporary genre. It is a sweet book that is quick and entertaining to read. After reading this book, I want to try a night of saying yes of my own!