Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!
Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: The Night We Said Yes
It is 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 incorporates 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, you will want to try a night of saying yes of your own!