Published by HarperTeen
Published on June 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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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.
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Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?
First! Goodness, I’ll write and re-write that line a million times. Eventually I give up and go to the next line and come back later. My last line just kind of flows. Sometimes I change it, but when I’m ending a book, I know how I want it to sound.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Content. I have to get an idea for the story before creating the title. Thankfully, in the case of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, it was a pretty easy title to come up with (as it’s a direct reference to what they’re doing in the book.)
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
For the most part, I go with what comes to mind first. Usually they feel right. If they don’t, I give it a rest and come back to it. If I think too hard, I’ll never be happy with the name. Meg’s name was Kat first, and I hated it. (I don’t hate the name, I like it, it just didn’t feel like her.) So I just stuck with it until Meg popped in my head. (Fun fact: Barker was originally Jeremy. I loved Jeremy, but it didn’t work. So in my mind, he goes by Barker, but his first name is Jeremy.)
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
For me, each book is different. Since THE NIGHT WE SAID YES is pretty structured (the THEN and NOW scenes have to reflect one another), I had a basic idea of what I was writing, a very basic outline. But I kind of wrote on the fly and went back once I was done to connect everything/ensure it all made sense.
Do you have any authors who inspire you or your writing style? If so, who?
Too many to list! I read a lot of different genres (perk of being a librarian—I’m constantly surrounded by books), so I’d like to think a little bit of everything pushes me to be a better writer.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
My laptop, a good notebook, and whatever pen I find laying around.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I love writing on my back porch when there’s a breeze. It’s enclosed, so bugs won’t get to me, but still outside. I love it.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Just Say Yes.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Every person who knows me can answer this question: PASTA!
What is something you never leave home without?
My phone. I have a baby, so I’m a bit crazed about having it around in case of emergencies.
What is your favorite movie?
Empire Records. My favorite since high school! I can recite it pretty much from start to finish.
I’m going to say Rilo Kiley. They’re not together anymore, but I still love them.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Kiss Kill Vanish, and the Ms. Marvel comics. (See, I’m varied in my reading!)
What is your favorite word?
Awesome. I use it a lot in conversation, and in writing. Ask my editor. Who has to edit it out. A lot.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
Does reading count?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I’m double jointed in my wrists. I can twist them all the way around. People are not so happy when I do it.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
I feel like I should start singing the Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack. Anyway, sunset. I think they’re lovely, and they’re the start of the night.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee (despite my husband being hardcore Team Tea).
Hot or Cold?
I live in Florida, so hot.
PC or Mac?
MAC! I’m that annoying Mac person who swears by her MacBook and refuses to go back to PC. That’s me. All the way.
By Land, or by sea?
I get seasick, so by land.
Half-empty or Half-full?
I am a half-full person.
Autumn or Spring?
Autumn. Halloween! Leaves! Pumpkin! My birthday!
Summer or Winter?
Again, I live in Florida, so I’m going to say Winter only because Florida Winter feels like fall everywhere else.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
Print book. I love my bookshelves!