Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Publication: June 16th 2015, HarperTeen
Format: e-ARC, 304 pages
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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 love my sweet, romantic stories with music and cute guys but with The Night We Said Yes, it just felt too formulaic. This is going to be a very short DNF review, and if you guys haven't noticed, I have never done a DNF review. So this is the very first. Sad to say that it lead to this.
I wish I had more tolerance for this novel, but sadly, I hated Ella with a passion. She is too whiny and I wanted oh so badly to rip her off my memory if I have too. She felt like a first world problem teen who will never have a life after Matt has broken up with her, woohoo. And acting like a real hoot when he comes back.
Now for some, this sweet retribution of sorts, to rekindle lost love is wonderful, and I am a sucker for them too but I guess I've raised my expectations way too high since the hype for this book is clearly up there. I wanted to love this book. I wouldn't have requested for it if I wasn't excited. It just left a bad aftertaste and now I'm worried for my next contemporary reads.
However, I did like Ella's best friend Meg, somehow. And it did seem cute every so often. That's a redeeming factor for the short amount of time I had to rally my thoughts on this novel.
Please do know that while I have DNFed this book, you are still welcome to read it if you please. I am not the only book blogger out there who has said her piece about this read. I have friends who liked it, others not so much. And while I urge you not to waste your time with it, I'm also not discouraging you into reading it at all. So it falls on your hands whatever you choose.
Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, June 16, 2015) and MATT'S STORY (a The Night We Said Yes Novella, out August 2015). Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.