05 May, 2018

{ ARC Review } Save the Date by Morgan Matson

about the book }

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
standalone novel
Publishes June 5, 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
e-ARC received from edelweiss
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 review }

♫ ♫ ♫ 

I’m used to Morgan Matson writing contemporary romance with other things built into it. I’ve only read three of her books including this one, though, so if that’s a wrong assumption, it’s 100% on me. But, in my experience, that’s what I expected from her.

At its heart, Save the Date is not a contemporary romance novel. WhichI’ll be honest, as I always amwas a pleasant surprise. It ended up being all the better in some ways for me. It was really family oriented, more so than the other two books I read by her, and wow, it was wonderful.

It also gave me a lot of anxiety. Which I could have done without. Save the Date was one event going wrong after another and it made me feel slightly panicked while reading.

Despite that! I really liked this book. Charlie was a great main character and it warmed my heart to see her family just being together. The weekend is extremely hectic and everything that could go wrong just does and the Grants are doing what they can to either go with the flow or fix it. So yeah, with a dog that keeps barking and an old house alarm system that keeps going off, there are a lot of shenanigans (lol I love that word), along with some paper girl that apparently doesn’t deliver to the Grants Specifically (™) and a cranky (and petty) old neighbor involvedit’s messy.

And even though all of that had a tendency to make me nervouswhat could go wrong now?the camaraderie the Grants had was wonderful. All the jokes they shared, all the memories they revisited, just everythingit was incredible to experience. The family dynamics were the absolute highlight of this novel and I’m happy that all of this messy goodness was the main focus of Save the Date. Everything that could go wrong does but at least they’re dealing with that together.

There is something that bothers me and it’s something I realised after someone had pointed it out on twitter: Matson’s novels are so wordy. Entire paragraphs of old backstory that I’m not sure is entirely even needed are included. It became glaringly obvious in this book and I grimaced a lot when I had to read one of those lengthy partswhich, you can imagine, happened a lot.

Oh well, whatever. Overall: 4 stars! I liked this one even though it made me feel hella anxious over everything.


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