Book Review: The Night We Said Yes (YA)

The Night We Said Yes (The Night We Said Yes #1) by Lauren Gibaldi

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book is just really cute. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s written in NOW and THEN format. THEN is a year ago – the night that Matt and Ella met. It was a long and wild night of saying “yes” to everything. NOW, a year later, Matt is back in town after moving away abruptly 6 months ago and breaking ties with Ella and his best friend, Jake. Ella doesn’t want to let Matt know how much he hurt her, but she isn’t ready to let go either. Matt and Ella have another night of saying “yes”.

The friendships in this story were so great – Ella, Meg, and Jake have been friends for a long time. When Matt joins Jake’s band, they form an instant connect, as do Matt and Ella. I found myself routing for Matt and Ella in the past and in the present. This story was almost a double love story. The time periods were woven together so well with the two nights really following a parallel structure as Matt is trying to re-enact that first night with Ella.

There were a lot of great moments. The characters seemed real, and I connected with them all right away. And although Matt and Jake are in a band, this story isn’t too music-y.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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    1. This book moves along quickly. The constant switching between THEN and NOW at almost cliff hanger like moments keep me reading – although I read it all in short snippets during my free moments at work. I liked the characters and just found the whole thing very fun.

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