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.
Such an adorable story! If we only saw that first night, the insta-love would’ve felt lacklustre. But thankfully, we got to see the night a year later. We got to see them run through all their old haunts in town. We get to hear about the time in between everything, six good and six bad. Those parts were my favourite.
By the end, I felt the invincibility of youth. I’m not sure whether to quote the infamous, “In that moment, we were infinite” or go with some Nicki Minaj, “The night is still young and so are we.” Both seem absolutely appropriate. This story shares insight into a time in life when people want to hit “pause” and remember all the good times.
I have a feeling that there might be some strain a few months later while they’re at different colleges and finding out the world is so, so big. I kind of want to see them go through that. Even if they one day grow apart, even if they don’t end up getting married or anything (being realistic here), I feel like their experiences are the kind to fondly look back on in the future.
I seriously don’t know why this story makes me want to litter my review with a ton of lyrics (maybe it was the oh-so-appropriate 21 Guns?), but…
“Young love is such dumb love, call it what you want it was still enough.”
- The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life – Tara Altebrando
- One Night That Changes Everything – Lauren Barnholdt
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt