I adore big fun summery reads with large casts and adorable character dynamics.
And this checked all of those boxes for me.
Here’s thing: I really like weddings. I love ‘em, in fact. Not for the reasons many would believe though – not for the specifics themselves – but I like them for the gatherings and the fancy dressing and the food (!!) .. and the whole nervousness that everything must go absolutely right on this big day, or else.
And SAVE THE DATE understood that, took advantage of that, and that’s why I enjoyed this so much.
The cast is delightful. The sibling character dynamics, the two families, and, of course, Charlie. The characters are easily what make or break books like this one, and thankfully, I loved the cast very much, so I in turn loved the book very much. It evened out nicely. I also like that this is a big book without any dull moments, too.
Also worth mentioning is the cover, which I love, and the comics. Yes, please.
All in all? I’m very, very satisfied. Fun books FTW.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the review copy!
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.
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan’s three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW “Flying Start” book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.
In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Her third book, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014.
Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can.
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3 thoughts on “Save the Date by Morgan Matson : weddings and families and beagles”
I wasn’t a fan of Charlie, but I did love the rest of the Grants. Especially JJ! The comic strips throughout were such an awesome bonus for us the readers.
Awe I want to read this so much! Although maybe it will scare me because I’m getting married next year and it’s going to bring up everything that could go wrong. Aw well, I still want to read it! Great review! 🙂
It’s a really fun book – though I admit, the things that go wrong are exaggerated, so I’m sure your wedding will be fine (and congratulations by the way!) 😊💛