The Night We Said Yes

The Night We Said Yes

by Lauren Gibaldi


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.

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There’s something magical about the books that happen during one night and all the possibilities they are filled with.

night-we-said-yes-concert-kissThere’s something magical about first loves: the spark of a first touch, the uncertainty of a first kiss, the blush on the lover’s cheeks.

And there’s so much magic in a night when you would only say ‘yes’ – yes to new beginnings, yes to love, yes to forgiveness, yes to the crazy fun that can bring people together over and over again.

… There’s something magical about “The Night We Said Yes”.

What I liked:

I love to read books about friendship, books that show one that love can take many-many forms and that it can shape a person into something beautiful. I love books about self-discovery, books that take the characters on a journey that can change them forever. And I have a thing for books that happen during one night, filled with cute romances that flourish and friendships that get stronger with each page.. So many things can happen during such little time, and there’s so much beauty in that alone.

THE NIGHT WE SAID YES is a story about all that and more.

When it all starts (in the past, one year before) Ella is dealing with a breakup, her friend Meg wants to cheer her up by all means, their friend Jake (also Meg’s on and off boyfriend) has a new member in the band (Matt) and the four of them happily decide to fool around saying “yes” to all sort of silly things, just for the fun of it.

night-we-said-yes-couple-sunsetIt’s a night of new beginnings, one without worries, one that brings them all together in different ways. It’s a night full of hope and love and smiles and (mostly) happiness.

But all great things come to an end and the present finds them in such a different place, filling some of them with regrets and unspoken apologies & unforgivable actions and, as a reader, I was intrigued and I wanted to find out what in the world happened during that year and how (or if) will they be able to make things right again.

I think that no review in this world can be completely objective, but this time around I was probably more attached to the story than usual. You see, I kept finding pieces of myself or my old friends in it and, at times, this story reminded me of my teen years so much it actually hurt. In a good way 🙂 Because THE NIGHT WE SAID YES made me miss so badly being this young again and I kept wondering “why didn’t we do crazy stuff like that”?

I really, but really-really, want to enjoy a night of saying yes. Who’s with me in this?

Back to the point…
One thing that I loved to pieces is the friendship between Ella and Meg. It is honest and relatable and I would love to see many more relationships like this one in YA books.  In a way, I think that Ella was a better friend than I was at that age, supporting her friend through everything, even when she disagreed or had her doubts. I think Meg was a great friend too, as she was always looking out for Ella and her well-being.

Unofficially she may be in charge of protecting me from bullies, but I’m in charge of protecting her from herself.

night-we-said-yes-couple-kissIn fact, all characters in this story are amazing and complex and well developed (and not only the four of them, but also Gabby & Barker) and you can easily find yourself rooting for them, for all their happy endings. I loved following them both in the present and the past, enjoying both nights and spending many lovely moments with them.

But because this is a romance I must also confess that I fell in love with Ella and Matt. Not only on the first night, but the second time around just as much. They were cute, a tiny bit shy, but sweet and fun. They were perfect for each other and I deeply enjoyed watching their romance bloom, not to mention that I was eager to see them find a way back together. Even their struggle was cute and they made me smile too many times to count.

I’ve spent my life on the road, trying to find home, when really, you were always home to me.

What didn’t quite ring true:
The motivation behind Matt’s disappearance. show

But the thing is, I didn’t actually mind it. The story was so sweet and beautiful, I just didn’t need an actual reason. I only wanted them to fix their broken relationship and to be that perfect couple all over again.

I wanted all of them to be happy again.. Together.


A lovely summer story that might steal your heart a bit. Keep an eye on it when it comes out if you are in a mood for a sweet romance and for a reason to smile 😉

…To be honest, I can’t wait to get my hands on a printed copy too!

Happy midnight reading!

Early review: Advance copy provided by the publisher for review. Thank you!
Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Harper Teen

Music of choice:

Passenger – Let Her Go

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12 responses to “The Night We Said Yes”

  1. Really excited to read this one! 😀

    • Ari says:

      I hope that you will enjoy it just as much. It has a bit of everything in it and it was perfect for me, it lightened my mood a bit and I love it for it 🙂

  2. Sue Holmes says:

    Can’t wait to read this… so happy you liked it, now I have another reason to buy it!

  3. Jasprit says:

    Eeeek I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed this one Ari, as I managed to get a review copy too. I do love my books that tend to focus on things happening in one night, so I think this book will be exactly something that I’ll be in the mood for. The characters also sound like so much fun! Gorgeous review as always Ari! 🙂

    • Ari says:

      It’s funny because if a love story develops very quickly in other books I might feel the insta-love vibe and not enjoy it, and still in these stories it doesn’t feel that way. I feel like I get to spend enough time with them to slowly fall for them and their romance even though it’s only one night we are talking about 🙂 And that’s the magic of well developed stories 🙂

  4. Lis @ The reader lines says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I wanted to request it when I first read your review, but my internet connection is dead 🙁 and I forgot it.
    However, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It sounds so sweet and cute!

    • Ari says:

      They probably still have it for request so you should try. And no matter when you get to read it I hope that you will enjoy it too!

  5. Annie says:

    I love the quotes and images you include in your reviews 🙂 This sounds like a fun read – I can’t wait.

    • Ari says:

      Thanks! The images represent scenes from the book so you ca look forward to them 😉 I hope you’ll enjoy this book and that you’ll have fun along with these characters! 🙂

  6. Awwwww, sounds like a cutesy nice read :3
    Definitely added it to my WL, can’t wait! 😀

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