Save the Date

Save the Date

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 abou...

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Title:Save the Date
Author:Morgan Matson
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Edition Language:English

Save the Date Reviews

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    Charlie Grant is finally going to have her entire family under one roof. Her 4 siblings Danny, JJ, Mike, and Linnie are going to spend the weekend in the Grant home for one last time before her parents sell the house. Linnie’s long time dream of getting married in the Grant home is finally coming true but it’s not going to be easy and everything seems to have a way of going wrong. From power outages, to not having a suit, and that crazy alarm that won’t stop going off, they have more than enough

    Charlie Grant is finally going to have her entire family under one roof. Her 4 siblings Danny, JJ, Mike, and Linnie are going to spend the weekend in the Grant home for one last time before her parents sell the house. Linnie’s long time dream of getting married in the Grant home is finally coming true but it’s not going to be easy and everything seems to have a way of going wrong. From power outages, to not having a suit, and that crazy alarm that won’t stop going off, they have more than enough on their hands. The book start with the grant family reuniting but also with the news that their event planner was embezzling money and is no longer their event planner for obvious reasons.

    Charlie has to pick a college to attend, but she’s not sure she wants to leave home especially when her parents are selling the house, so she is considering going to the college in her town. Charlie usually gets wrapped up in her siblings because they’re together so rarely and she struggles to maintain her life outside her family.

    I like that this book focuses on family dynamics and how the wedding is coming together rather than focusing on the romance. The romance is only a small part of the book which is not a bad thing because this family is amazing and watching them have fun, make jokes, and the overall shenanigans is great. This family is just so adorable, each of their personalities mesh very well and watching Charlie reminisce the things that have happened in this house is wonderful. Linnie’s to be husband, Rodney, has practically been a part of this family since they started dating. The entire Grant family considers him family anyway and they all get along, so no trouble on that end.

    I loved that parts of this book was hilarious and loving and the other parts was serious yet brought the family together. The relationship between each of the siblings is mind blowing and watching this entire family have their own inside jokes, bets, insults, and nicknames is heartwarming. Just seeing this family function in their own unique way is mesmerizing and seeing them try to function through all the problems that occur in the span of two days is hilarious. I love that this book was so funny at times.

    I flew through this book, not kidding, I finished it in the same day I started it all while ignoring a ton of work I really had to do, so just another day in my life. This book was beautiful and heartwarming, I give it 5 stars and recommend it to contemporary lovers.

  • Regan

    4.5

  • emma

    GUYS. I HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS.

    You know that thing of how every contemporary is basically the same? You know what I’m talking about. Like, main female character who’s pretty good at school without being overwhelmingly good (because that would mean describing doing homework or something and ha ha ha authors don’t do that). Similarly she’s of course kissed one semi-embarrassing boy: Kevin from seventh-grade gym or Tommy from the ninth-grade play, and then one boy she dated for three dispassionate mon

    GUYS. I HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS.

    You know that thing of how every contemporary is basically the same? You know what I’m talking about. Like, main female character who’s pretty good at school without being overwhelmingly good (because that would mean describing doing homework or something and ha ha ha authors don’t do that). Similarly she’s of course kissed one semi-embarrassing boy: Kevin from seventh-grade gym or Tommy from the ninth-grade play, and then one boy she dated for three dispassionate months a year or two ago. Girl’s name might be something just SLIGHTLY unusual, like Hazel or Bailey or some bird or flower, but is probably extremely normal. You know. Abby/Megan/Emily.

    Anyway 20 pages in, Abby/Megan/Emily meets a Boy and then spends 200 or so pages slowlyyy getting with him, only to break up with him, then they get back together after a drastic amount of work or some grand gesture and boom, happily ever after. Abby/Megan/Emily has 2-3 friends who pop up occasionally but not consistently. Maybe one of them is not straight or white, if we’re lucky. It’s all very flat and not good.

    You also know, if you know me, that thing of how I read infinity contemporaries and like absolutely zero of them. That’s because they’re all the same!! And that same = “very flat and not good.” I mean, I just said that, you guys. Come on. Keep up.

    But here’s the good news: THIS CONTEMPORARY IS NOT THAT CONTEMPORARY. This is not the exact same as every single other one!!! Also it’s by Officially Crowned Contemporary Queen Morgan Matson, so maybe things they are a-changin’???

    I’ll back up.

    Okay, so there’s this girl Charlie Grant. She has approximately 100 siblings, by which I mean “four older siblings.” (I’m allowed to joke about how many that is because I have three younger ones so I, ahem, get it.) One of those siblings is getting married, and the wedding has arrived! And now they’re all coming home! Which is perfect because they’re selling their excellent perfect family home :( But then a million jillion hijinks happen during the wedding weekend. It’s all wild. Lots of drama. Oh also the mom is retiring from writing a comic strip about the family during the same weekend. So that’s bananas.

    Guess what I didn’t mention in that lil synopsis? Guess! Guess guess guess!!!

    Hell yeah. It was “romance,” boi!!!

    There are romantic subplots in this but they are

    compared to the family. This book is all about family!! This also means some flat non-family characters and some annoying underdone subplots and a little too much drama maybe.

    But mainly this is an EXCELLENT THING. Not least because Bill, the guy you’d expect to be the love interest, is the most boring adolescent male to ever cross the YA stage and they should’ve just taken him out to be honest.

    Basically what I’m trying to say here is I. LOVE. THIS. FAMILY. Please oh please gods of YA give me more crazy wild big families with loving but imperfect parents and lots of loving but imperfect older siblings and character development and just UGH BIG LOVING FULL WELL-CHARACTERIZED FAMILIES.

    Especially when they live in a pretty, weirdly-designed, aging home that’s constantly wild well-described...I loved this setting. I was literally sad they were selling it! Basically this book was giving me HGTV and pre-divorce pre-infidelity pre-teenage Jon & Kate Plus Eight and I was getting my absolute life.

    What else, what else...

    Oh Morgan Matson does that thing where she brings characters from past books in, which like...I normally hate. Typically feels so cheesy and forced. But I didn’t mind it here so much? P cute. There’s a bonus scene at the end which I was Into.

    Ooh and! Don’t forget this thing is

    long (432 pages!) and sometimes it was very, very, very...dry. Which is a nice-ish way of saying “boring.” It was just way too long! And then so much drama in the last hundred pages!! Giving me whiplash, Matson. God this took a while to read. Goddamn Ulysses over here am I right ha ha.

    Essentially what I’m saying is this book is long and uneven and strange and imperfect and SO SWEET AND UNIQUE AND ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING I NEED TO SEE MORE OF IN YA.

    That’s my bottom line.

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    This wasn't even slightly what I expected/have long wanted from this book.........but I think I liked it????

    Like. I think I liked it a lot????

    I DON'T KNOW BUT. EXCITING.

    review to come!!

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    I bought a signed first edition of this book (good). But my copy had three stickers on the dust jacket (bad). Not a single one of those stickers came off easily and NOW THERE ARE TRACES OF STICKER GOOP PRESENT.

    WHICH IS VERY, VERY BAD INDEED.

    If the rest of this reading experience isn't a massive improvement the universe will collapse in on itself like a dying star.

  • Ashley Nuckles

    Super cute! I loved the family and all the funniness! Can’t wait to read more of Morgan Matson‘s books!

  • Lola

    Morgan Matson didn’t write a book… She wrote a movie.

    Truly, this content belongs on a huge Hollywood screen. I can easily picture myself laughing out loud at this wedding fiasco… at the movie theatre.

    It’s definitely unrealistic. The thing is, I don’t at all mind producers stretching reality thin, but when authors do that in my contemporary reads, I get annoyed.

    Fortunately, it is not all unrealistic. The characters very much feel real and the family drama entertained me. But although it’s a humor

    Morgan Matson didn’t write a book… She wrote a movie.

    Truly, this content belongs on a huge Hollywood screen. I can easily picture myself laughing out loud at this wedding fiasco… at the movie theatre.

    It’s definitely unrealistic. The thing is, I don’t at all mind producers stretching reality thin, but when authors do that in my contemporary reads, I get annoyed.

    Fortunately, it is not all unrealistic. The characters very much feel real and the family drama entertained me. But although it’s a humorous story, I never actually laughed out loud.

    My family is small. It consists of me, my mother and my brother. So because I don’t have more siblings, let alone a sister, Charlie’s family fascinated me. I grew attached to them. This almost makes me reconsider my movie statement since a comedy movie never lasts long enough and I need to spend lots of quality time with this family.

    So I wouldn’t be opposed to a TV show if there’s enough content. What I’m saying is, I am not entirely pleased with this author—even if the storyline was quite entertaining—because I just know it in my heart that this is a story meant to be viewed, not read.

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