My Rating ~ Five stars
RELEASE DATE: 1 July 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
I’d like to say a big thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to be a part of the Save the Date by Morgan Matson Instagram tour! As part of my tour stop I am also hosting a giveaway for a copy this beautiful book, so please make sure to visit my Instagram account to enter. The giveaway will run until 6th July 2018.
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.
Charlie Grant can’t wait for her entire family to congregate in the family home for a perfect weekend, celebrating her older sister Linnie’s wedding. To Charlie, the youngest of the five siblings, there is nothing more important than family time together and she’s going to make sure it all goes off without a hitch. Unfortunately, weddings, and families, often don’t work that way! Charlie finds herself exhausted, trying to put out every spot fire the wedding planning and family clashes throw at her. All the while, trying to keep her best friendship on track, figure out whether her lifelong crush on her brother’s best friend is really going anywhere and decide where she wants to go to college. Luckily, the wedding planner’s nephew, Bill, is there to help and he just might be the light at the end of the tunnel she needs.
I adored this book. This was everything I want from a YA contemporary. As I’m not, erm, “YA aged” I often find the contemporary books a little too teenage-angsty, or overly dramatic. Save the Date was neither of those things. The drama was completely relatable, funny and heartwarming. Anyone who’s organised a wedding knows that usually anything that can go wrong will go wrong and Linnie’s was no exception! I laughed out loud so many times, because I know just how important those things can seem at the time when it’s your wedding (and completely be a non-issue the day afterwards!)
The Grants were such a real family. I thought I wouldn’t find them relatable at first, because living in a large, rich, American family is not at all my life experience, but I actually really did. I perfectly understood Charlie’s anguish at wanting everything to stay the same. To hold on to the family childhood memories and, in effect, for no-one to move onto the next stages of life. I’ve felt that way myself before and it’s a difficult time of life. Charlie was just such a fantastic character and I loved reading the story from her point of view. She took on so much responsibility, trying to make sure her sister had the wedding of her dreams and it was just so heartwarming to read. I also loved that the romance wasn’t the main focus and didn’t get in the way of the story. Although this book is about a wedding, it’s ultimately about family connections and how sometimes, nothing is perfect and that’s ok.
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About the author
Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognised as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for young adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles.
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