So I’ve been taking a break from reviews for quite a while because I felt like I was reading books more for the purpose of reviewing them instead of reading them because I wanted to, so I needed to get out of my reading slump and get back into the swing of reading. My reviews are going to change a little bit, because I’m only going to write as much as I feel about each book, so some reviews may be shorter, some may be longer, and some books may not get reviews because I just don’t feel like I have anything to say about them.
Now I feel like I’ve had a long enough break, so I’m back for a review! This one is a bit on the shorter side, so I hope you enjoy it!
Let’s get started!
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Started: October 25, 2017
Finished: October 30, 2017
Rating: 2 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
I really tried to enjoy this book, but I just couldn’t.
I love contemporaries, but the longer that I read contemporaries, the more cliche they all seem. This book may have been the best contemporary to middle-school Hannah, but college-age Hannah really didn’t like it.
I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters and how dramatic they were. Their reactions were ridiculous and not suited well to the situations. Some of them were normal reactions of teenagers, but then they would cross a line into over the top that I just couldn’t see as realistic.
I had some trouble with Meg and Jake’s relationship as well. I thought it was extremely stereotypical with the back and forth, on- and off-again relationship and I couldn’t take it as a realistic portrayal of a teenage relationship.
I liked the premise of the book, the idea of saying yes to everything for a night. I hadn’t read that in a contemporary, and I was really excited about this premise. I kind of feel like it was underutilized in this story, but overall, I think it’s an interesting concept.
I liked Ella and Matt’s relationship, it didn’t feel as stereotypical as Meg and Jake’s relationship to me, and I thought they worked well together. I really don’t have much more to say about it other than I liked it.
Those are really all my thoughts on The Night We Said Yes, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, but if you want a quick read and you like contemporaries, I would give it a try.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time!