The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gilbaldi
HarperTeen, 2015. 293 pgs. Young Adult
When Ella agreed to go out with her best friend, Meg, on the first night of summer before their senior year, she was only hoping to forget about her no-good ex-boyfriend, Nick. Ella wasn’t expecting a crazy and incredible night where she and her friends spent the night saying yes to any reasonable suggestion for fun, and she certainly wasn’t expecting to fall in love with shy, slightly nerdy Matt who just moved to town.
However, after a blissful six months with Matt, he abruptly left town and then cut all communication with El breaking her heart in the process. So when he shows up one night a year after they first met with a plan to relive the night that brought them together, El has to decide if Matt is worth risking her heart again.
Told in alternating chapters between then and now, this is a story of the power of love, friendship, and ultimately following your own heart. This was an enjoyable, quick read. I appreciated Ella’s insight and perception into her own feelings and her friends’ emotions. It’s not the best writing and development of other characters beyond Ella but a good first attempt from debut author, Gibaldi.