Thank you to the amazing team at Simon and Schuster Australia for providing me the opportunity to be on the Save the Date Reading Tour! For my Aussie and Kiwi pals, I’ve got a giveaway for you over on my bookstagram (@bibliomeds) that will be launched on the 1st of July! And as per usual, all thoughts and opinion in this review are my own.
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster – who she’s loved since she was twelve – and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that’s all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
– a rented dog that just won’t stop howling
– an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
– her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
– fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
– and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there’s so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she’s been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publication Date: 1st July 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’ve been looking forward to reading Save the Date for aGEs! It’s been released in the US earlier in the year and I’ve heard many great things about it. When I received the book in the mail, I was skeptical and truly had second thoughts about it because I just finished my
bloody exams and was hiGh-key not in the mood for a YA contemporary I needed to escape reality in general lmao.
A nut shell of my reading:
On the first page, I was like “wait what?”
Followed by, “WOAH now DIS IS SOMETHING”
And later, it was, “nAWWWW cute”
A second later, “nO fReaKiNg wAy!!!!”
And most of the time, “OH MY GOSH YAS YAS YAASSS” *throws pastel confetti in the air*, *plays the trumpet* *laughs too hard and starts to choke on air* *mum asking me if I’m alright*.
You get the what I mean.
This book was amazing, 4.5 out of 5 shinning stars! Can this novel be made into a movie? Because it has to be.
Morgan Matson has blew me away with this epic contemporary universe filled to the brim with hilarious laughter, epic family drama, cute romances and all-things-FUN! Save the Date is by far my favourite work by Matson! I have not read a book that made me laughed so hard for a long time! And that’s saying something
because my life is a walking joke and let’s be real because it’s quite hard to beat that. In this novel, we follow senior high schooler Charlie Grant as she attempts to survival the weekend of her older sister’s wedding. Well, you guessed it, everything that could go wrong, already has gone wrong.
The family dynamic in this one is absolutely amazing, Morgan totally nailed it! I love reading about the Grant family, from the group chats to coffee making to how everyone looks out for each other, let’s just say it’s utterly awesome. Charlie loves her family to bits and is super loyal to her siblings, and the relationships between the siblings were so realistic: they fight, hold grudges and they bicker over little things, and the realism of it is something I really appreciated. It made it impossible for me not to love the Grants.
I really enjoy reading about each of the sibling from Charlie’s perspective. The family drama was completely relatable, funny and heartwarming. And I don’t usually pick favourites, but this time I will. One of her brothers, JJ, deserves a special shoutout because I HONESTLY LOVE HIM SO MUCH. I am pretty sure I cracked up in most of the scenes that he was in. Even if you’re not fond of wedding stories, read this book for JJ. And you’ll thank me later. It’s probably illegal to giggle so much while reading a book, but oh boy thank goodness I didn’t read this in the public because I would just lose it.
Even though this book took place in short the span of 4 days over the wedding weekend, Charlie’s character was very well developed. On top of the wedding chaos, she is also deciding on which college she will be going to, and at times think about this boy she is crushing on, like real life stuff that seventeen year olds think about. It’s a wonderfully written book about accepting change and finding yourself. Change is a main theme and I think it was explored with great depth! The romance is adorable!!!!! Although this book is definitely more family-focused, I think the romance played a critical role in the novel. AND I AM TOTALLY NOT CHILL ABOUT IT!!!
The only reason that this wasn’t a full 5 stars read for me is because of some really unnecessary extra drama that just kinda annoyed me slightly… I would have been 100% satisfied with the book in general if that wasn’t a thing. But it was quite minor, and I won’t tell you what it is, so no one should stress over it. But to me, it just lessen the impact of this lovely story.
For those who have read Morgan’s The Unexpected Everything, look out for little cameos!
All in all, I really enjoyed Save the Date , it was set at the perfect pace, it was light-hearted yet balanced with some really moving and emotional moments – this novel really is a real slice of life. And most importantly, this book was absolutely hilarious, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a heartwarming read that is guaranteed to crack you up!
Author bio and links
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 Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized 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. Twitter , Instagram , Website
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