The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Music
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 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.
Here’s my playlist for the book. I found many songs that instantly made me think of
The Night We Said Yes, and all of them are relevant to specific scenes and moments, sad and happy, good and bad. I wanted to incorporate songs that could really put the listener in the moment of being young and partying (Tonight is the Night and We Are Young are some good examples), but I also wanted this playlist to capture the sad moments of a breaking relationship (Let Her Go, Gravity, Say Anything). I honestly just wanted these songs to capture and connect the reader’s minds. All of these lyrics tell the story that is The Night We Said Yes in some small way, and they’re also some of my most beloved songs. Give them a listen, whether or not you plan to read the novel!
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.