The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen, June 2015
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
This book is gives off an adventurous vibe which I needed for my stay-cation on spring break. Ella, Matt, and their friends spend a night of saying “yes”.
I like how Gibaldi alternates the chapters to “now” and “then”. Basically one chapter is what’s happening between Ella and Matt now and the next would be what happened a year ago. The chapters flow and intertwine. I think this aspect makes the book way more enjoyable.
I find pages 133 through 144 were ceaseless about Matt explaining to Ella why didn’t return her calls and left her wondering where he was.
Ella’s feelings for Matt were auspicious to whether she’ll take him back.
There’s a little bit of romance. If you like contemporary and adventure, this is the book for you. If you’ve read Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, you’ll see a resemblance between the two books. When I first started reading, I noticed that right away.
One of the things I decided on from reading this book was that I need to have one night where I say yes to everything, whether it’d be with my friends or not.
These are based on events from the book. Try them at your own risk! For “climb to the roof of a school”, you can climb stairs to get there too 😜
If you do decide on doing the challenge the I suggest you plan out your night so you’ll accomplish everything on this list. Of course you don’t have to follow this and make your own The Night We Said Yes challenge. Comment if you’ll be using mine or your own 🙂
What do you think? Will you try this challenge?