Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
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 really enjoyed this story. I loved the concept so very much. It was super fun and cute!
This tells the story of Ella. One day Matt swooped into her life and made everything better. Another day he swooped out without a word. Now he's back and has lots of questions to answer.
I didn't connect with Ella as well as I did with all the secondary characters. She was still a great character! I loved Matt. I loved getting to see everyone deal with their problems with him. This story had a lot of real life problems and character development. I really loved all the secondary characters in this story. They were so enjoyable!
I found this story super unique. It had a lot of fun aspects and adventure. I loved the way the past and the present connected. This one was pretty hard to put down. I couldn't wait to see how it all wrapped up. It was very unpredictable. It ended up being a one sitting read for me. Overall to really enjoyed this story. It was the perfect summer read!