Title: The Night We Said Yes
Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Date Started: July 29
Date Finished: August 16
Format: Kindle ebook from my library
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.
Now, normally, I hate books that flip between the past and the present, so when I saw that this book was written in the same format, I was a little skeptical. And while the flipping back and forth did get kind of distracting, it didn’t really take away from the story at all. I liked the character of Ella. She’s very no nonsense, but gets really embarrassed easily. She doesn’t really like confrontations, so when she sees Matt for the first time since he disappeared on her, she starts getting clammy. The guy literally took off on her for a year, and now all of a sudden he’s back with no word? Other than he’s back now for good and oh, yeah, that Ella and him need to talk about things? At first, Ella doesn’t want to go, but eventually she gives in and he tries to make it a little easier on her by making it like the first night they met – a night where they have to say yes, within reason.
See while I kind of liked the fact that this book went back and forth between then and now, I kind of wished it would started off then, so that way I would have felt the pain that Ella went through when he took off without a word. With the whole flipping back and forth thing I wasn’t empathetic to the cause, because I didn’t really know Matt and the connection that they had. Also, I’m not really sure I got why Matt took off the way that he did. So what if his brother got in trouble for selling drugs? Why couldn’t he tell Ella that, instead of just disappearing? Guys sometimes don’t make sense.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Matt and Ella’s relationship is adorable and I like the whole contemporary feel of this novel. I just wish that all the ‘then’ stuff had been placed at the beginning of the book and the ‘now’ stuff had been placed at the end. I probably would have felt Ella’s pain better that way.
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