Today I am bringing to you a review of Save the Date by Morgan Matson!
I was sent this ARC in return for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in the novel in any way!
This novel is one that I could not wait to read. I haven’t read any of Morgan Matson’s novels before, but I have heard phenomenal things and was super excited to receive this novel from Simon & Schuster!
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Pages: 432 Pages
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary and YA
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.
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This novel caught me at a time where I was in my YA contemporary binge, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This novel took place over the span of a couple days which made it feel as though it was passing by very quickly. I found myself reading this novel every chance I got because all of the things that were happening were happening at such a fast pace, I didn’t want to miss one bit or wait to read the next moment.
The writing of this novel was very gripping. It had a light tone with the added urgency that is felt when a wedding is taking place and things may not be going as planned. I thought the urgency in the writing did a great job towards adding urgency to my reading, and I felt as though I was getting into the same mindset as the characters in the novel, especially when something went wrong.
This novel had an incredibly family dynamic, and I felt as though Morgan did a fantastic job at making the family seem as genuine and real as possible. There are times in which you read a novel and the family seems too perfect to be possible, but this novel was not like that. I found myself relating to the issues that this family faced together, and the fights that took place. I don’t come from a huge family, so I couldn’t relate to every single scenario, but it was easy to find things here and there that felt like universal family problems.
I definitely found myself getting jealous of how many siblings our protagonist, Charlie, had. It was endearing to see how, despite any issues or problems that may come up, this family was able to still come together at the end of the day and love each other fully.
Charlie was an incredibly interesting protagonist to follow. She was the youngest of all the kids and also the last to leave the house. This made her story one that I found incredibly intriguing and hard to part from. It was adorable to see how much Charlie loved her siblings and how much she loved being around them. Of course their relationships weren’t perfect, but Charlie was in awe of her siblings (most of them) and that was beautiful to see.
The romance in this novel was not as overwhelming and I predicted it would be. It was an obvious consideration when coming into this novel that I would face a cutesy romance, but what I received was not what I thought I would get. The romance in this novel was great, but it was subtle and not the entire plot. Which was wonderful. It was nice to see the romance taking place, but I enjoyed the balance between the romance and the wedding and the family dynamic. They all played off of each other but none were overwhelmingly in your face.
Lastly, how could I talk about this novel and not mention the cute Grant family comic’s dispersed throughout the book. I thought that seeing these comics, whilst they were being discussed in the novel, was a great addition to the novel and definitely made me as a reader feel like I was getting the whole picture.
All in all, this novel is a wonderful summer read with incredible family relationships and just the right amount of romance sprinkled throughout. Despite all the trials and tribulations this family went through, it was heartening to see them come together and share their love with each other.
I highly recommend everyone pick this novel up as soon as possible. It will lighten your mood and make you laugh in the best way.
Alright everyone, that concludes my review for Save the Date by Morgan Matson!
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