on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gabaldi has a lot of great things going for it. It takes place over the course of two nights, one in the past and one in the present. Everybody love books set during one night or day, right? How could not?! There’s so much possibility and magic. The Night We Said Yes had all of those things and even some good angst thrown in.
Ella was a good main character. She was easy to relate to and just and all around nice person. I liked Matt but I feel like he could’ve been developed a bit more. His story felt a little flimsy to me. Meg and Jake were excellent minor characters. Although, they almost stole the spotlight at times.
The Night We Said Yes was a fun contemporary read. I think I read it at the perfect time, right at the start of Summer. That just seemed fitting. I looked forward to reading it in the evenings after my son went to sleep. That’s really all I ask for these days.
Overall, The Night We Said Yes was an enjoyable and quick read. Definitely add it to your Summer TBR!