Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Signed edition on June 5, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Personally bought
2018 challenge: N/A
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I would give this book 5 for a review.
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.
My Brief Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed all the books set in the Matson world. I really loved not only the formate of this book but also the entire family and the various situations that occurred. I loved the relationship between bill and charlie and just wish we saw a bit more of it throughout the novel. I just love all the high jinx that came from the wedding and all the problems that need to be solved. I thought it also tackled harder issues super well. I really loved the tie backs to her other novels. And it was a prefect summer read!
My Extended Thoughts
Characters: I loved the characters in this book so much. Even thought we had so many characters in this novel, i felt like they were all so well crafted and developed. I also really enjoyed the focus on the family relationships were at the heart of it. I really think even thought this book took place over a super short time frame Charlie really did change so much during this book. I really liked all of these characters!
Premise: I really loved the premise of the novel. A wedding weekend and so many issues coming up and a cute wedding planner to help Charlie save the day! I loved the short time line of this novel and all the drama that occurred!
Romancee! This book def. focused more on the self discovery of Charlie and I normally really enjoy that. But i did enjoy the potential boy crush in this and just wanted more of their “getting”to know each other in the book. But the situations they were in made me laugh and I did enjoy the paring. I just wanted it to have a bit more focus in the novel.
Pace: This was a super fast pace even thought it was so long and the wedding timeline def. help with that!