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.
I’ve read a few of Lauren Barnholdt’s book, and I’ve really enjoyed them so I was really excited to read One Night That Changes Everything.
Eliza, the main character, has just dumped her boyfriend after she found out he was only dating her as part of a bet. She wants nothing to do with him, until she realizes he has her purple notebook, a notebook which holds all of her biggest fears inside it was stolen and she has to complete a bunch of things in the notebook just to get it back. Throughout the night, she finds out new things about her relationship with Chase (her ex-boyfriend) and learns to face her own fears.
One Night That Changes Everything only took me a few hours to get through and loved seeing how Eliza worked through all her fears. At first, I didn’t like how stubborn she was, but I thought she grew to be a much better person by the end of the book. Also, Eliza’s two best friends helped her complete all the tasks she had to do and both of them were such awesome characters!
Although I really liked the characters, my favorite part of this book was the plot. Some of the challenges Eliza had to complete were really funny, and I loved the flashbacks of Chase and Eliza’s relationship throughout the story. The relationship between Chase and Eliza was a unique one, and I love the way it ended up. I never got bored reading this book and it told such a great story.
One Night That Changes Evrything is one of my favorites by Lauren Barnholdt and I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers. Besides a few minor flaws I found with the main character, this book is a great, funny contemporary :)