Release Date: July 6th, 2010
Finished Date: July 1st, 2012
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
The Review: I’ve had a few days off from reviewing books, so finally I’ve been able to catch up with my own books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while, and One Night that Changed Everything was one of them.
I won’t re-cap the synopsis because it tells you pretty much what you need to know, but I will say before reading this GO AND READ “Before that Night” by Lauren Barnholdt. This is the prequel to One Night that Changed Everything and I’m so glad I read it first, because it gives you the details on how Elize and Cooper first met. I felt it was a very important part of the story and although Lauren does a good job giving you the details on long the way, I still felt there could have been more and I would have missed some of the details, had I had not read the prequel.
Anyway, the story was just what I needed for a quick, enjoyable weekend read. Full of laughs, embarrassing and emotional times, One Night that Changed Everything was a good read. I really enjoyed the way the author had set the book up, because it’s told over the span of one night. You can see the time ticking down for the main character Elize, so it gives you a lot of intense scenes – some which are quite heart-breaking.
I really enjoyed Elize as a character; she was fun and bubbly and had insecurities about herself like any normal teenage girl. What made Eliza stand out was the fact that most of the secrets in her diary, are probably some other girls secrets too. Don’t we all wish we could walk up to a guy and ask him to dance? Or tell someone a deep secret? I know I do, and I know someone people will agree with me. My only problem with Elize as a character was that she was a little naïve at times and I wished she’d open her eyes and see Cooper for who he was. I loved Cooper! I thought he was a great love interest. And although you have to guess his real feelings for Elize, because of what he’s done to her, you can see that he does love her.
I really do enjoy Lauren Barnholdt’s work but I do have a slight problem and that’s the ending of her books. From the books I’ve read so far, there’s no closure. As soon as the characters make up, the book ends and I feel like there is more than enough room for a few extra chapters, so we, as readers can see the characters happy together. Other than that, I enjoyed it.