Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date
by Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon Shuster Books for Young Readers
Date: 2018
Pages: 417
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Contemporary
Days to Read: 21
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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 neighbour 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, distractedly 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 realise that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

I absolutely love Morgan Matson as a person. Her love of Starbucks and her dog Murphy is really something I appreciate in a person. I hadn’t – until this point – however read one of her books.

I am so happy that I’ve finally gone a head and actually read one. ‘Save the Date’ was a great place to start. We follow Charlie who is busy helping her sister prepare for her wedding. Obviously it doesn’t all go according to plan and we follow along as the Grant family try to navigate the many issues that arise.

Overall I liked Charlie as a character. There were definitely some times where I felt less inclined to agree with her thinking on things but I found that her growth and development throughout the story was palpable. By the ended I really was rooting for her.

Her feelings and love for her family is a huge aspect of the story. It really makes the reader feel as though they are part of the Grant clan, as though you’ve been there from the very start. It was a part of the story that I really connected with personally, more from the perspective of Rodney – her sister’s husband to be – as someone who has married into a very close knit family, it really reminded me of my in laws.

Even though it took me 21 days to read I enjoyed every moment. The wedding disasters didn’t feel forced and over the top, but more of a natural progression. I would recommend picking it up in you love a good contemporary book.

Plot: 6.5/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 3.5/5

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