Oct 11, 2015

The Night We Said Yes.

the night we said yes.

lauren gibaldi.

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date:June 16,2015
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance

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. 


“It was my favorite part of the night - when the evening's events were still unknown and unpredictable. It was the sense of possibility that I loved, the idea that anything could happen next.”

That’s the feeling that I had through this entire novel. What an incredible story, an amazing journey. When I came across the book while I was surfing through Goodreads I had a good feeling about the book, that it would be an interesting story. I was right. I always loved books about friendships, love and adventures and THE NIGHT WE SAID YES had that and so much more. It wasn’t book just about friendship and love but a night of chances, choices, and second chances. It ended up being a night that none of them be able to forget. A story that makes you wish that you were party of story and could go along for ride with everyone else. THE NIGHT WE SAID YES was such beautiful, heartfelt story that you won’t be able to stay away. It portrays friendship, first love so well. Be ready to stay up because once you pick it up, you won’t put it down.

I loved the style that LAUREN GIBALDI wrote THE NIGHT WE SAID YES the Then & Now that took action in one night worked well, and as reader you can tell how the characters changed through story. I felt like the only characters that didn’t change as well were Ella & Matt. Of course I loved the story of Matt’s & Ella’s love the most which a huge chunk of novel was based on. A story about first love, first heartbreak and of course second chances. I know what Matt did hurt Ella especially once she found he lied the reason he left, but I could tell that after all this time he loved her. I knew that Ella did too as much as she tried to deny it. Matt & Ella are the couple that belongs together and I was rooting for them the whole way. I hoped that Ella would give him a second chance.

The friendship between Meg & Ella, how could you not fall in love with it? How can it not remind you of your own best friend? It reminded of mine and had me missing her since she lives far away from me. I loved despite everything, despite the choices that they made; they were always there for one another in end. Even if Ella didn’t always agree when Meg kept going back to Jake even after he hurt her, she supported it because she wanted her best friend happy. Actually all of them supported each other. I loved idea of saying Yes to everything because that way you could get experienced that you never had before or never had courage to. Like Ella singing live with the band. I went through so many different emotions while reading this book, so will you. A story that I still can’t get out of my mind.

LAUREN GIBALDI wrote an incredible debut book. I was amazed and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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