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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.
HarperTeen, June 16, 2015
“Gibaldi effectively captures intense, all-consuming teen attraction.” -School Library Journal
“Gibaldi’s special debut will make readers ruminate on first chances, first loves and those big, life-altering decisions. This perfectly paced book is fun to read, and the love story embedded within – along with a boatload of awesome characters – will appeal to lovers of all genres.” -Romantic Times
“Gibaldi tells a story of friendship and romance, music and trespassing, and ultimately pursuing your own dream and your heart’s desire.” -Booklist
“Lauren Gibaldi so cleverly weaves the past and the present to tell an authentic, spontaneous story of friendship, romance, and all the gray areas in between. With the turn of each page, you’ll be so glad you said yes to The Night We Said Yes!” -Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary
“Irresistibly sweet and full of heart, Matt and Ella’s romance charmed me twice.” -Jessica Martinez, author of Kiss Kill Vanish and The Vow
“You’ll wish you could step into the pages and go along for the ride. Suspenseful, romantic, and just plain fun. Say yes to this book!” -Tara Altebrando, author of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life
“This is a story for anyone who’s ever wanted to give first love a second chance.” -Melissa Walker, author of Ashes to Ashes and Lovestruck Summer
“The Night We Said Yes captures the flutter and heartache of first love. This book is a first kiss and a first touch. It is a promise of a night filled with the thrill (and fear) of so many possibilities.” -Jenny Torres Sanchez, author of The Downside of Being Charlie and Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
“The Night We Said Yes is filled with brilliant insights about what it’s like to be young and alive. You haven’t met Lauren Gibaldi, but she already knows you.” -DC Pierson, author of Crap Kingdom and The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To
“Of all the books that have been dedicated to me, this is definitely the first.” -Lauren’s Husband