The Night We Said Yes
By: Lauren Gibaldi
Available June 2015
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 Blonde’s Review:
Ella has had bad luck with guys. Her first real boyfriend cheats on her and offers a high five for friendship when he breaks up with her. Then she meets Matt. She’s instantly drawn to him and he seems to understand her. You might think they were a perfect match, they didn’t fight like her best friends did. But when he leaves town and stops talking to her she knows that what happened with him is worse than anything that happened with anyone else. Months later she still can’t get over him and expects to see him everywhere. Until one night she does.
When Matt shows back up in her life she doesn’t know what to think. She doesn’t want to care. He catches her curiosity by trying to recreate the night they met. A wild night with her best friends, the ones who would become his best friends too, where they say yes to everything. As they go through each part of the night we get to see relive the memories of what happened when they met and the fallout of what had happened to Ella after Matt left. Seeing past and present can be hard for me to fully enjoy but the way this one was written worked for me. I liked that we could see their relationship grow as well as the way the experience reliving the night caused so much internal conflict.
I couldn’t help but love Matt and hope that they were able to make things work. He was such a nice guy that we couldn’t help but want to find a good reason for what happened. But I also loved Ella enough that I didn’t want it to be something she forgave easily. I really enjoyed both of them as characters so much. And seeing their friends and their relationships was great. I think that the other relationships in the book were great foil, one relationship was turbulent while another was sweet and easy. Ella and Matt had something in between, something with potential if they can get past what happened.
I felt that the way Ella handled things was actually kind of great. She didn’t really leap to anything, she thought about it and made a choice about what she really wanted out of her life and for herself. With or without the guy I can’t think of anything I like more. And the things she came to understand about her friends’ relationships was great too, seeing that it isn’t always what we think is best. Sometimes we have to let people do what is right for them and expect the same for ourselves.
This is a book with a girl who has to decide what is best for her, the guy she loved or moving on without him. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy then you should definitely pick this up. I really enjoyed it.