The Night We Said Yes

The Night We Said Yes

by Lauren Gibaldi


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A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti! What happens when Matt and Ella reunite one year after their breakup? Are second chances really possible?

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over her ex-boyfriend and graduate high school—simple as that. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player—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.

But then Matt leaves town, breaking Ella's heart. And when he shows up a year later—wanting 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062302205
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 441,145
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Gibaldi is a librarian in Orlando, Florida, where she lives with her husband and daughter. The Night We Said Yes and Autofocus were her two first books for young adults, and This Tiny Perfect World is her third. Find her online at or on Twitter @laurengibaldi.

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The Night We Said Yes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, exploitative reunion that takes your breath away.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book is just really cute. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's written in NOW and THEN format. THEN is a year ago - the night that Matt and Ella met. It was a long and wild night of saying "yes" to everything. NOW, a year later, Matt is back in town after moving away abruptly 6 months ago and breaking ties with Ella and his best friend, Jake. Ella doesn't want to let Matt know how much he hurt her, but she isn't ready to let go either. Matt and Ella have another night of saying "yes". The friendships in this story were so great - Ella, Meg, and Jake have been friends for a long time. When Matt joins Jake's band, they form an instant connect, as do Matt and Ella. I found myself routing for Matt and Ella in the past and in the present. This story was almost a double love story. The time periods were woven together so well with the two nights really following a parallel structure as Matt is trying to re-enact that first night with Ella. There were a lot of great moments. The characters seemed real, and I connected with them all right away. And although Matt and Jake are in a band, this story isn't too music-y.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Owlcrate for including this lovely book in your July 2015 box. When I received a copy of this book I instantly fell in love with the cover. It’s gorgeous. The concept of saying yes to doing any crazy, fun ideas that can be thought up terrifies me. I’m not the person who is comfortable with saying yes to everything without thinking it through. I won’t even play truth or dare. EVER. With that being said, I loved the storyline for this novel. Not only did Ella, Matt and their friends spend a night of saying “yes” a year ago, now Matt is back wants to repeat that night to try and repair his relationship with Ella, Meg, and Jake. Ella and Matt spend the whole night together after cops crash the party they are at repeating the exact things they did the first time. I love that the story is told in alternating chapters of then and now. Everything about it works. Lauren Gibaldi wrote her characters to be realistic and relatable. The second half of my senior year of high school all I wanted was to get out of my hometown. I had my heart broken too many times by the same guy and was ready to move on and move away for college. This is exactly what Ella wants as well. She wants to get over Matt and leave for college. When he comes back she doesn’t know what to do. She knows that she still has some residual feelings for him but doesn’t know if she wants to let him back in her life, even as just a friend. The relationships between Ella and Meg and Jake (Meg’s on and off boyfriend) felt realistic to me. Jake is really hurt by Matt leaving. He and Matt were close friends before he left and now that Matt is back, he is feeling that same anger and hurt all over again. The first time Matt came around Meg was trying to help Ella get over an ex-boyfriend. Now that he’s back she is trying to keep Ella from getting hurt by Matt again. I don’t normally read contemporary novels, but after reading this one last summer I find myself wanting to read more. I highly recommend this novel to any contemporary lovers out there.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
This book was one that I read through one day, and now I am writing this review on the same day that I read this book during. I feel like it's fitting that this was a one day read for me, considering that this book takes place during two different one night long periods - one in the past, and one in the present. I loved this book, and it was the perfect book to read in the summer, since it had a very summery feel to it. It was a cute and fluffy book, with great characters. I loved the relationship between Ella and Matt, even though they did have their challenges. Matt made mistakes, the main one being that he disappeared with his family and didn't contact Ella at all. Despite this, I thought he was a genuinely sweet and nice guy, which I loved. They had immediate chemistry during the story of the first night that they met, and I was just waiting for something to happen between them. When he came back in the present timeline, Ella had trust issues to work through with him after what he had put her through, but she clearly still liked him, and the chemistry between the two of them was still there and was still absolutely adorable. I ship the two of them together so much. There was another romance on the side that also got some focus in this book, since it was between two of Ella's friends, Meg and Jake. I had more trouble getting behind this romance and supporting it for a while, since it seemed so unhealthy, and it seemed to be hurting Meg too much. The two of them were constantly going back and forth between on again and off again, and they also had these passionate fights. The thing was, though, Jake always came back to Meg after he had short relationships with other girls, because he really cared about her, and she took him back every time, even when he really didn't deserve it, because she loved him. So, by the end, I was able to better understand these two, even if at the beginning, I thought I would never support their relationship. Another great thing about this book was the focus on friendship. Meg is Ella's best friend, and I liked seeing how much they were supportive of each other and understood each other. They were both protective of the other when it came to boys, and didn't want to see each other get hurt. Meg understood when one of the things from the night of saying yes would make Ella uncomfortable, and she remedied it, and Ella knew what things she shouldn't mention, usually in regards to the relationship between Meg and Jake when they were off again. There is a scene in the present timeline near the end that I thought was very important and kind of cathartic for the two of them, but I won't say any more about it since I don't want to spoil it. If you like YA fluffy and cute contemporary, read this book.
mcflywithcheese More than 1 year ago
I’m no longer a teenager, but this book transported me back to that time in such a wonderful way. Bouncing back and forth between two highly eventful nights a year apart, the story beautifully captures the thrill and ache of teen love, both romantic and platonic. Such a fun read.
KerryOMalleyCerra More than 1 year ago
Oh man, I loved the story in this book. Cleverly woven in alternating past/present chapters, I didn't want to put this book down until I knew if El would be okay. Till I knew if things would or could be fixed between El and Matt. A great summer romance read!
terferj More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. I liked that this is switched between past and present. It kinda set the feel of the book and what to expect. I liked how in that night(s) they had to say yes to everything no matter how crazy or tame. I think everyone should do a night like that once, you get to experience things you wouldn't normally would do (and only if it doesn't cause harm to you). I love the relationship between the friends and how they supported each other. The relationship between Ella and Matt was adorable. I did feel the reason he left was weird...not that it doesn't happen but because that was his excuse and reason why. I guess I thought it would have been something more dramatic. So, if you need a quick, easy paced book then this is the book.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
Lauren Gibaldi created a wonderful story about more than just young love, but about friendship, bonds, forgiveness and taking charge of your own life. It is a fun read that, when you put it down, will get you thinking about your own friendships and realizing who’s most important to you – who brings out the best in you, who’s been there for you and who challenges you to strive for more.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I am a control freak who likes to have fun but I was hesitate when I thought about having a night where I would have to say yes to everything that that someone proposes to me. I know for a fact that I’d really have to trust that person, be willing to let myself go for that evening and I know I’d be hoping that the evening would be a short one. The way this book alternated chapter titles of “now” and “then” helped streamed my reading and the author didn’t throw out too much information at one time, it was like looking at parallel universes and seeing the changes that had occurred over one year. Emotions are heavy, they can wear you down and these characters are proof of that. Matt shows up after abandoning their group and the emotions come flooding back. The teens want answers, they deserve answers, the first emotions that emerge are anger but they are also are elated that he has come back. It’s as though a piece of the puzzle has been found. It wasn’t the night that they said yes that sold me on this novel; it was their relationships and their commitment to each other. I also adored the night that Ella let her hair down, the night that she stepped up to the mic. That whole section sent me on a high. The way the author positioned me in the audience watching Ella, then later as I was with Ella on stage as she performed, I witnessed it all. I felt her freedom as she belted out the lyrics and allowed herself to feel the music and the rhythm, becoming part of the music herself. It reminded me of the times when I am all alone and one of my favorite songs comes on the radio. It is my time to the group’s leader singer, everyone has come to see me perform on stage and I am dancing and singing to my heart’s content. I am Ella. I love these lines, “I powered out the last lines, giving them to the crowd. As I knew the last lyrics were coming, I finally brought myself back to the stage, back to myself.” She had lost herself and she loved it. This was not the Ella who walked onto the stage a few minutes ago, she discovered someone while she was up there. She had “crashed back into reality,” but just for those few moments she knew what it felt like to be free, to just feel and to enjoy the moment. The characters in the novel had a great friendship, their past was filled with many great memories but their future remains an unmarked path. Their destiny is unknown; it’s an unmarked territory with unlimited possibilities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I opened this book. I knew it would be a fun contemporary beach read, but I had no idea of the depth it possessed. There are so many fantastic elements of The Night We Said Yes that will make you say YES to this book. I love the endearing cast of characters. Ella's timid, smart and fun! I loved the dynamic between her and her other friends. Meg and Ella have a great friendship. I love how Jake is the free-spirited rocker who seems not to have a care in the world, yet he's Ella's protector. Matt is such an interesting and complex character. He's shy and insecure, he's sweet and wonderful! TNWSY is told from alternating points of view, Ella from one year ago when she first met Matt, and Ella in the present when Matt returns after cutting all contact with his friends and leaving six months ago. I was skeptical that this would flow and work well, but I was pleasantly surprised. I love how the Then and Now parallels one another. I love the fun nature of the night we said yes game! The care-free and daring fun that they had made me smile throughout. It's a splash unrealistic, but I was thoroughly beguiled by this book and the premise and the characters and the romance. Oh the romance! Matt and Ella have an instant connection. They understand each other so well. They complement each other and really push each other to get out of their comfort zones and take a chance, do what you've always wanted to do yet were too scared to do before. I loved their romance and the chemistry between them. I was rooting for them the whole time. Overall this book was highly enjoyable and profound in ways I never imagined it would be. It's the perfect beach read too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I got an early copy of this book - it was super cute and is great summer reading. It definitely needs a sequel.. or two.. or three! 
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Ella has her entire life planned out. That is, until she’s falls for the adorable bass player in a local band, Matt. They have the best six months of their lives… and then Matt leaves. No explanation. No return phone calls. For Ella, no closure. She’s completely torn to pieces, and after six months of struggling to recover from this loss, Matt shows up in her life again. “It was my favorite part of the night – when the evening’s events were still unknown and unpredictable. It was the sense of possibility that I loved, the idea that anything could happen next.” The Night We Said Yes is told through alternating Then and Now chapters. I’ve seen a lot of that lately, and I’m really a huge fan of it. I have to say, this was one of my favorite instances of the alternating Then and Now chapters done right. Each chapter ends, almost leaving you hanging… then the next chapter fills in what we were missing. It was great! This also makes it impossible to put the book down at the end of a chapter, since you HAVE to keep reading to see what you’re missing. So yeah, you can say I read this book in a very short span of time because it was extremely difficult to put it down. What makes this story even more entertaining is that the entire story takes place over the span of one night. The Then and Now chapters are exactly one year apart, and the story spans the night hours of these two days. It was done so impeccably I was really impressed. I loved the way the two stories blended together, yet showed the differences in the characters over the year. I also have to say, from someone who married a drummer in a band and spent many years dating him while he was a “rock star”, this story was EXTREMELY accurate! Lauren Gibaldi either lived through this herself, or did extreme research on the topic. Either way, I give her tons of credit. I felt like I was there, back in the day when dating my husband. Each little detail spot-on. I was extremely impressed with her accuracy and how realistic this story really was. Everything about this story was a win for me. The story, the characters, the effortlessly flipping back and forth… it was incredible. I really loved this story and I’m looking forward to reading Matt’s Story, which will be released in August. I loved Matt, so getting to hear his side is so incredible. I feel like, as readers, we request this type of thing a lot. So to see Lauren Gibaldi answers our prayers is fantastic! (Thanks, Lauren!!) This is definitely a new (and amazing!) contemporary author I will be sure to follow.
Gabmore More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I was told that I won this ARC! I still can't believe it. It took me a while to read because of finals and all that, but I still loved every second of it. Basically this book centers around a relationship. The chapters alternate between then and now, so you can look at this relationship forming while also seeing the aftermath. Each "then" chapter matches with the following "now" chapter making them completely relevant to the story and not random at all. Of course along with this relationship you see kind of an epic group friendship that I found completely realistic. It actually reminded me of my group of friends in high school. I actually am an Ella who has her own Meg. I hope everyone has that friend that pushes you out of your comfort zone every now and then. Through the book the characters just say yes, within reason, to ideas thrown out about what to do leading to an interesting adventure. Gibaldi created a perfect Summer read that makes you want to say yes, sometimes you just need to. I would absolutely love to revisit these characters, they're not perfect, but that's what makes them great. I know I'll be pre-ordering a copy of the novella "Matt's Story" which comes out on August 4th.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey is this the first book or is there another one if so plz give me the name