Saturday, July 3, 2010
One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Versions: hardcover, kindle
Recieved from: publisher
Summary (from simonandshuster.com):
Two years ago, when Eliza Sellman was in ninth grade, her dad found out he was being transfered and the family was going to move. Having always been shy and not so confident about her body, Eliza took that opportunity to start a list in her private notebook of all the things she planned on doing when she moved but had always been afraid to--like wearing a miniskirt and asking guys to dance; singing karaoke in front of strangers; posting a photo of herself on her Facebook wall in a bikini...you get the idea. New town, new Eliza, right? Well, she'll never know because the transfer fell through and they didn't move. But Eliza kept adding her goals and secret fears to the list in the notebook. Now it's two years later, and in that time Eliza has had and lost her first boyfriend. But this was more than your average breakup...turns out the sweet and cute Cooper was only dating her as a hazing stunt by a secret society. Eliza got her revenge by posting some pretty nasty (and only sort-of true) stuff about Cooper online. That posting has had major consequences and now Cooper and his buddies have stolen her private notebook and won't give it back until she performs all the things on her list in one night. It's torture...until Eliza steals something from the boys she knows they'll want to trade her notebook for. What starts out as a night of humiliation turns into a night of revelations as Eliza learns what Cooper was really thinking when they dated, the real reason he's stolen her notebook, and how freeing--and life-changing--it can be to do the things you fear the most.
Eliza is a fun and flirty character who is actually very strong. She wrote a notebook about things she was always afraid to do. But one day she can't find the notebook with all her personal items in it. Cooper, her ex boyfriend, and his friends were the ones who took it. But in able to get it back, Eliza will have to do some of the things in her notebook else they will post it on the internet. Eliza goes on the party of her life.
This was one of the cutest books I've read in a long time. The plot line was very unique and went very fast. I couldn't put the book down because I had to know how Eliza's night was going to end. Cooper was a really cute character as well-and was actually very caring toward Eliza.
Will I reread it?
Yes. I loved the whole premise of the book and am looking forward to future releases by Lauren Barnholdt.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and no compensation