Tuesday, August 10

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

One Night That Changes Everything
Eliza is in a full-blown panic. Her notebook has been stolen—the one that lists everything she wants but is afraid to go after. And the absolute worst person in the world has it: her ex-boyfriend, Cooper.
Like it’s not enough Cooper was lying to Eliza for their entire relationship, now he and his friends are blackmailing her. They’re giving her just one night to complete the most humiliating tasks on her list or they’ll post her secrets online—including the ones that aren’t just about her.
Eliza’s sure of only one thing: she isn’t going down without a fight. Cooper may have what’s left of her dignity, but she’s not the only one with something to hide … 
I hadn't read any Lauren Barnholdt before, so I was excited to jump into One Night. The premise sounded really fun, and reminded me a little bit of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist in the sense that if all occurred in one night. Those things alone got me in a positive mindset for the book, and after reading it, I was not disappointed.
It was really easy to get into One Night That Changes Everything with Eliza as the main character (side note- I love that she has a classic name. They're not common in YA books, so it was really refreshing). Eliza is easy to relate to, and hilarious to boot. Despite all the drama around her, her moments of sarcasm and frustration had me laughing. Eliza's definitely not perfect and has made a few bad decisions, her humor and growing confidence throughout the novel had me pulling for her the entire way.
I surprisingly  enjoyed Cooper as well. A lot of reviewers felt the same, but I just couldn't see myself liking him after all he'd done to Eliza. As the book continued though, I was easily falling under his charm. He was definitely not the monster I had made him out to be, which was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, One Night was a great read. Barnholdt did a great job of blending the pleasant and not so pleasant things from Eliza's notebook together so that I was laughing for her at one moment, and cringing for her the next. While there is of course emphasis on Eliza and Cooper's relationship, Eliza's journey in learning more about herself was definitely in the forefront of this novel. I truly loved seeing Eliza grow and realize that the world won't end if she takes some chances.
My Ratings:
Plot: A
Original and fun. Super easy to get into.
Not how I thought they would be, and in a good way. 
Cover: B
Definitely captures the fun, but it could have been a bit more dramatic. 
Length: A
All done in one night- the timing was superb. 
 A fun novel full of dares, secrets, and fun, I give One Night That Changes Everything
Five Stars!

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