Friday, June 19, 2015

ARC Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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23287168The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi 
Release date: June 16th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
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A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!
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.
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:


Then: Ella, an aspiring writer, who just got dumped by her cheating boyfriend, meets Matt. The new boy in town, shy, plays bass. Leads to one night of saying yes to everything including the possibility of a new love.

Now: One-year later. Ella is heartbroken and angry after Matt disappeared six months earlier, just left without telling her anything. Of course, Matt shows up just as she's ready to finally, maybe, kind of, move on. One night, Matt wants to recreate everything, Ella wants answers. Madness ensues.

The Nigth We Said Yes is a fun, fluffy contemporary with everything that a fun fluffy contemporary must have. Fun, adventure, swoony romance that is surprisingly insta-love-less, great friends, hectic relationships, and fluff. Ella is a great, if contradicting, character, and Matt is a ship-worthy love interest. With alternating chapters of Then and Now, it's really fun to see how things went the first time, and I was very impressed that the author managed to make it feel more like a slow building romance than insta-love.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The characters in this book are amazing! You know me, I'm big on characters, and all of these were very well developed. You have Ella, who can be slightly annoying, but nevertheless is a great main character. her best friend Meg, Meg's boyfriend who's also Ella's really good friend Jake, and, of course, Matt. The thing I liked so much was how well the relationships were done, even Ella and Jake's friendship that has very little face time, was made to feel so real. Also, Meg and Jake's relationship that had so many ups and downs that you got to see through both Now and Then, I really loved that it wasn't a typical relationship and, honestly, it was almost more interesting than the main relationship.

- Fluff/Serious Stuff. I'm all for books that match fluff with a little bit more serious stuff perfectly and, all though some of Matt's problems felt a little forced, I did love how the author kind of surprised me with that reveal.

- There was no insta-love! Hurrah! A book that essentially takes place in less than twenty-four hours but doesn't once feel like insta-love. It's very unusual, but you really end up falling for these two characters.

- Jake. Jake was kind of my favorite character and I loved that he had this kind of secondary storyline about his friendship with Matt and he was always, in his own way, there for Ella. Like, I would 100% read a book all about Jake, he's such a complicated and interesting character. So, honorary mention.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- The whole saying Yes thing. Mostly I was just a little disappointed by this. I expected it to play a bigger part, to be more fun, but...not really. They only really do a handful of things they have to say yes to and, besides a Walmart trip Meg and Ella take, none of it was that memorable. I was expecting wild adventures, but not quite.

- Ella and Matt both kind of annoyed me. I loved them in the Then chapters but for whatever reason in the Now ones they just got on my nerves, maybe because I thought they were both being kind of stupid?

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, it's a fun fluffy book that's easy to read in one setting.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Fans of fluffy contemporary books!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.


  1. I read this book last month as well and I loved it so much! There was so much fluff (you know me, I'm always in it for the fluff) and the relationships were fresh and adorable. Surprisingly, I didn't really like Jake because I thought he was being such a jerk, but I totally understand that you like him as a character. He's so wacky, so I can't deny that! :) I'm super glad that there wasn't insta-love based on how it was written, but if you look at it in reality, somehow the insta-love is there. I mean, the entire book happened in just ONE NIGHT and to me, that was kind of unrealistic. I mean, is that even possible? :P Haha. Anyway, awesome review Shay! I agree with the rest of the things you put here, and yes Ella and Matt could be somehow annoying at some parts of the book.

  2. I'm loving all the positives for this book, as it's one of my wish list books and I'm excited to read it. Great review!

  3. Glad that you liked this! Though I don't know if I will read this because I think it takes more for me to be interested in a book! I DON'T KNOW. I guess I'll read this one day haha. BUT AWESOME REVIEW SHAY!

  4. I am glad you liked this one! I mean, I... did not so much. But I think my problem WAS the fluff, I felt like it needed more substance for me, but I think that is just ME, not necessarily the book. So happy it worked for you :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight