Thursday, January 20, 2011

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

One Night That Changes Everything
By Lauren Barnholdt
July 6, 2010
Simon Pulse, 256 pages

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 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.

— description

Dear Lauren Barnholdt,

Hi. You don't know me, but I'm Anna and I'm pretty sure we could be best friends. Do you agree? Please say yes. TTYL!

Your Future BFFL

Oh, I'm sorry, was that creepy? WHO CARES. Because if the dialogue in this book is any representation of how Lauren Barnholdt actually talks/thinks, our friendship is a done deal.

The characters are hilarious, frank and, best of all, realistic. I could not stop laughing out loud. Eliza's thought processes are genius, and she holds nothing back.

"I'm starting to a little bit warm inside, and it feels good, but I know enough to realize that there's a fine line between feeling all warm and good insane and ending up puking into the bushes while people shake their head sadly at you and mumble things about how you can't hold your liquor. Not that that's happened to me before. But I do know some people it has happened to, cough, Jeremiah, cough."*

The cast of characters was superb: Eliza's two best friends are loyal, quirky and endearing,** and Cooper is the perfect mix between popular and geeky-awkward. I read it in just two hours, so I can't recommend this book enough for someone who wants a quick read with plenty of laughs.

If you like this book, you might also like: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, another book set over the course of one crazy night.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*For my favorite part and further evidence of her super awesome dialogue, please check out the exchange regarding "OMG" that begins on page 168. Thank you.

**Please note that Marissa and Clarice reminded me of two of my blogger friends, who shall remain nameless. This made it beyond enjoyable to picture them while reading about the girls' hijinks.


  1. Thank for your review !!I'm adding this book to my list thanks to you ;) !!

  2. I loved this book too! Glad you enjoyed it so much :-) I think you & I are off to a better start this year with our recommendations, haha. The ONLY thing that I would change is the book cover. I preferred the original one better.

    P.S. did you know there's a prequel novella online?? Lauren Barnholdt has written 'Before That Night' - I haven't read it yet, but want to!

  3. This sounds hilarious! I haven't read anything from Lauren Barnholdt but I think that's going to have to change very soon.

  4. I keep seeing this at the store and passing over it! Gahhh I can always count on you to change my mind. Great review, Anna :)

  5. I totally am saving this to read so I can read the prequel novella that Ginger mentioned. I think I may really be excited for this one! I really want to read Nick & Norah's Playlist.

    Fab review. I always love how fun you make them.

  6. I've actually read this one too!! Though I just didn't understand why she wasn't all "OH NO YOU DON'T" with all the finger wagging and such lark,. but if she didn't take shizz, then there probably wouldn't be any book.

    It was FULL of tres funny and hilar moments right? I love Lauren too. And she would be LUCKY to be YOUR BFF :)

  7. I've heard of this book, but haven't picked it up because I haven't heard much about it from other readers. But, you know, since you liked it so much, I might just pick up a copy!

  8. I've never read this book, but I'm now making it my personal mission to seek it out and buy copies for myself and everyone I know. Thank, enabler.

  9. I've never heard this but any author that you want as a new bff makes me feel the need to seek this one out!

  10. This sounds like a fun read, good for a sick day in bed. Nice review! You made me wanna read it! :)


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