Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi | Book Review

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi 

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti! What happens when Matt and Ella reunite one year after their breakup? Are second chances really possible?

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over her ex-boyfriend and graduate high school—simple as that. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player—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.
But then Matt leaves town, breaking Ella's heart. And when he shows up a year later—wanting 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.

Cover: The cover shows four people, presumably Meg, Jake, Ella, and Matt.  It appears they're standing on a beach, which the four did not go to on either night, so I don't really understand that.  However, the sun is setting so their night of saying yes is just starting.     

My Review: I thoroughly enjoyed tho book.  I loved that it went back in forth between past and present every chapter and that it only focused on two days, one in the past and one in the present.  It was such a cute book.  I was rooting for present day Ella and Matt to get back together and past Ella and Matt to kiss from the beginning.  However this book was more than just two people finding each other, it was about discovering themselves.  Having to say yes to any idea that a friend comes up with can be scary and by doing it you definitely learn something about yourself as you find yourself doing things you never would under different circumstances.  Ella was able to learn who she was and who she wanted to be and who she wanted to be with.  She learned to stick up for herself and not follow anyone else's lead.  Friends, boyfriends, and college is a lot to deal with, but if the people around you are there because you want them to be there, decisions aren't so hard to make because you have support and you know that wherever everyone's paths lead, you'll all come back together in the end.  Like is said, this book really only gives you two days, not even days, but nights, and somehow that's enough to understand everything.  Life isn't always about the drawn out situations.  Sometimes a few hours is all it takes to arrive at some fantastic conclusions.  
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