The Night We Said Yes

The Night We Said Yes

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I bought it!


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 am a bit of a contemporary fiction lover, not going to deny it. I’m proud of it! So when I came across The Night We Said Yes I knew it was going to be a book that I wanted to read. I also love exploring debut authors. You never know if you’re going to find someone that’s going to become an auto buy author. I would definitely read more from Lauren Gibaldi based on this book, which was an incredibly easy to read story!

The Night We Said Yes is centred around a girl called Ella, who met Matt after having a night out with him and her friends after a party. It’s a story about dares and just saying yes to things. The story is told in alternate times from the past and the present. I’m not always a fan of this narrative, but it worked for this book. It didn’t feel stilted in any way. We find out that Ella fell for Matt, but then he left town and left Ella broken hearted. When he returns, Matt is desperate for a second chance, but Ella’s not sure if she can forgive and forget.

The characters in this story are not perfect. They certainly have their flaws. I appreciate that in a story. It makes the characters more real. The plotline is fun, as you might expect given that cover. I certainly liked the concept of just saying yes to everything, coming from someone that worries about saying yes to the unknown.

I wouldn’t say this is my favourite contemporary Young Adult read. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line, but it’s not a story that will stick with me for a long time. I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would, but would still recommend it, especially to fans of the genre.

Would I recommend it?:

A cute contemporary read. Perfect for fans of the genre!


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