Sunday, September 26, 2010

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

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. - Review taken from Goodreads.

I first came across the author, Lauren Barnholdt with her book Two-way Street earlier this year.  I really enjoyed that read, so when I found out she was writing a new book I thought I should pick it up as well.  One Night That Changes Everything was a quick, easy read for me.  The story began right away & didn't leave much room to ponder what may or may not happen first.  I liked that it started this way, because once it took off it made it hard to put the book down.  And that's always a good sign!

Eliza is the type of character that most people can relate to.  I found my 16 year old self relating to a lot of her actions through out this book.  The story begins with her & her girl friends planning a night in at her house since her parents are gone.  Chick flicks, pizza, & popcorn!  But the night takes on a whole new spin when Eliza realizes that her purple notebook is missing.  The same notebook she has cataloged all her deep, dark secrets in.  Mostly lists of things she has been afraid to do, or say to people she really cares about.  The girls soon realize it is Eliza's ex-boyfriend Cooper, and his posse that have stolen the notebook to get revenge on her for the nasty things she posted online about Cooper after their horrific break-up.  Eliza felt she had every right to say these things about Cooper since she found out the only reason why he was dating her was for a bet among his friends.

As the story continues, Eliza is forced to complete tasks through out the night from her notebook.  The guys are threatening to spill out her secrets, unless she plays along.  As the night unfolds, and so do Eliza's fears, she soon realizes the importance of her friendships & relationships in life.  The reader is taken on a fun ride along side Eliza.  There is just enough humor & romance to tide you over.  Even though the ending is predictable, I felt like the story was something different.. something worth reading other than the typical teenage romance.  I like that it all takes place in one night & there's a mission at hand.  You never quite know what will come next, so it's definitely a page turner!

I think Lauren Barnholdt is an excellent YA author.  She touches on the teenage spirit perfectly.  It's real, yet comical.  I'm anxious to read more things from this author.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really good book! Great review! I think imma check this out sometime...maybe I'll buy it when I get money *sigh* too many books and no money...


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