Monday, 5 April 2021

Save The Date - Morgan Matson

Book: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Genres: Young Adult, Romance-ish
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1st July 2018

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 5th April 2021


Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.


I picked this up from my local T.K. Maxx store last year since I've enjoyed Morgan Matson books in the past. I also really like the cover - it's cute.

This starts with Charlie waking up the day before her older sisters wedding and being excited to have all of her family back under one roof again. As the youngest she misses her siblings and can't decide where to go to college, whether to go be near her oldest brother or to stay in state so she can be close to her parents. Now with all her siblings and extended family back under one roof Charlie is looking forward to the weekend but it seems everything that can go wrong is going wrong.

There wasn't as much romance in this as I was expecting. It's more full of family bonding and recollections and anything that could go wrong did go wrong in regards to the wedding. It was rather crazy but it did help us see the family dynamics and how they always seemed to turn to Charlie in their times of crisis.

There was quite a lot going on, considering the book literally takes place over three days, and I did find it a little hard to keep up with who everyone was since they had a house-full of people staying over for the wedding. It was crazy over-the-top issues but it made it kinda fun and quirky.

Charlie did grow as a character. At the start she was almost child-like in her excitement to have her family all back together but by the end she had realised that they weren't all the perfect people she'd held them up to be and were just like everyone else with faults - and so was she.

The funniest bit for me was the interview at the end with Good Morning America. It went wrong from the beginning but in a fun way that had me chuckling a few times.

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