Mini Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Title: The Night We Said Yes

Author: Lauren Gibaldi

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Excerpt 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.

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.

I was provided a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. Big thank you to HarperTeen.

This story is told during the present and the past, exactly one year ago to be precise. While I enjoyed the idea of this book, I never became invested. The story never pulled me in and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I did enjoy the friendship between Ella and Meg, but the romance fell short. The instalove is strong in this book and the on and off relationship annoyed me to no end. Like a said before, I liked the idea of this book, but the execution was poor. Although this book didn’t work for me, don’t let this review stop you from reading this book. Most reviews on Goodreads are positive, thus there is a chance you just might enjoy this one!

2.5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Laruen is an author of young adult novels and public librarian. She’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in Literature and Master’s in Library and Information Studies, both from Florida State University. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, daughter, and ever-expanding collection of books. (I mean, it comes with the professions, right?)

She loves dinosaurs, pasta, musicals, and cheesy jokes.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and her website.

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Release Week Blitz: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry + Giveaway

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It’s time for the release week blitz of Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry!

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Title: Nowhere But Here

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


Meet The Author

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of the full length novels, Pushing The Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On, Breaking The Rules, and Nowhere But Here and the e-novellas, Crossing The Line, and Red At Night. Her debut young adult novel, Pushing The Limits was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. Dare You To was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary Fiction in 2013.

You can find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and her website.

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Losers Take All

Author: David Klass

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

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Excerpt from Goodreads:

At Jack Logan’s sports-crazy New Jersey high school, the new rule is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost, setting out to secretly undermine the jock culture of the school. But as the team’s losing formula becomes increasingly successful at attracting fans and attention, Jack and his teammates are winning in ways they never expected—and don’t know how to handle.

This sounds like such a refreshing read! I’m also a huge fan of books that include sports, but this one is a little different than most. It looks like it will be quite the interesting read!

What book are you waiting on?

Release Day Celebration: The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry + Giveaway

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Title: The Notorious Pagan Jones

Author: Nina Berry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Synopsis:

Pagan Jones went from America’s sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she’s stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt—not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.

But all of that is about to change. Pagan’s old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan’s going to do it, she has to decide fast—and she has to agree to a court-appointed “guardian,” the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who’s too young, too smooth, too sophisticated to be some studio flack.

The offer’s too good to be true, Berlin’s in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about her—there’s definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it’s the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?


Meet The Author

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Author, crypt-explorer, bodysurfer, Nina is the author of THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES and the OTHERKIN series. Born in Honolulu, she now writes for teens from her secret lair in Hollywood.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie, so I decided to do…Top Ten Book I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer. Shall we?

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1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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2. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

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3. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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4. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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5. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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6. A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

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7. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

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8. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

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9. How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

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10. The Cage by Megan Shepherd

So many books that I just can’t wait to read! What are some of your must-reads this summer?