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The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015

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.



The Night We Said Yes wrapped me in a warm blanket. It completely reminded me of High School/College. Running around in the middle of the night with boys and boys in bands. I actually usually went for the bassist myself. This was just a fun light read. Of course when you are a teenager your drama never seems light.

I loved the characters. There was such a great mix and group of friends. There are characters that we only sort of meet, like Evan, Barkley and Gabby. Then of course the characters that the story really revolves around Ella, Matt, Meg and Jake. I loved that even though Ella is the main character the side story of Meg also holds water.

I loved that the story alternates between the now and what happened a year ago. It was a great way to tell the story and keeps the plot moving. You feel like it’s such a quick read because of it. Plus it’s just fun to see how the characters have changed in that year period.

Ella and Matt are cute and I loved their first night together as it’s rehashed. Once again because it totally threw me back into high school again. It gave me all those giddy feelings. When we go back to Ella and Matt now and find out Matt’s reasons for doing what he did. Well, I kind of didn’t like him for a minute. I like how Ella doesn’t let him slide though.

I also found myself invested in Meg and Jake with all their drama. Towards the end we kind of see how things can be volatile between them but Meg has some wise words. I loved Meg and Ella’s friendship and how they are always supportive of the other no matter what happens.

It’s hard for me to put into words what made me enjoy this book so much. It’s more of the feeling I got from it while reading and that it left me with. I could completely see my friends and I playing the “yes” game. The Night We Said Yes is just such a great good mood read.

I had fun making the playlist. I could have kept adding songs. So many reminded me of the book.

Wild Ones - Bahari (All of them)
Photograph - Ed Sheeran (Ella & Matt)
My Oh My - Tristan Prettyman (Meg & Jake)
Too Little, Too Late - JoJo (Ella & Matt)
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - One Direction (All of them)

Emma Roberts

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Blake Burt

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.