Monday, November 7, 2011

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

[description from jacket flap]

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 bad enough that 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 of 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 gith. Cooper may have what's left of her dignity, but she's not the only one with something to hide...


I expected a light and fast read from One Night That Changes Everything, and that's basically what I got, but not much more beyond that.

However, just because it isn't much beyond a fun read doesn't mean it's bad. Far from it! I actually really enjoyed reading this book; some of the things Eliza had to do were a bit too brief for my liking, or she didn't seem to learn all that much from them, but no matter what she had to do, there's always plenty of humor involved.  I loved seeing what she would be forced into next because no matter what it was, it made me smile, especially as the tasks and Eliza's desire to avoid them go crazy. Because she has to do so many things, the book is also consistently amusing and held my attention, which made it even easier and faster to read.

However, there are a few glaring things I don't really like about this book. Eliza's friends were just baffling; they did seem dedicated to helping her, but often they would just leave places without telling her after promising to help. Their reasons for going were also insanely superficial to the point where I had trouble believing Eliza would be such good friends with them. I also really wish there were a few more scandalous things in this book (or at least more secret society stuff) because it always seemed like something big was going to pop up, but nothing ever really did.

 Development issues aside, I found One Night That Changes Everything to be a delightfully fun and cute read-- just don't expect much more than that from it.

Book details: Simon Pulse/Paperback/$9.99

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