Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Publication date: July 1, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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
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.
A relative recent convert to Matson, her latest Save the Date is another summer lovefest set in the same familiar town as her last book. This book has a different feelings, it is like rediscovering this setting all again. It’s another piece to this world that Matson made readers fall in love and you won’t regret picking up this book.
Stirring personal evocative memories, Matson takes a down a path that is sometimes forget in YA.
Family. The trials and tribulations that go hand and hand with your childhood. Charlie our protagonist leads us through her life as the youngest child of the Grant family. A typical American family who is about to celebrate the wedding of the year. Her beloved sister is Linnie is marrying Rodney and finally making him one of the family. It’s all her Christmases come at once as her siblings are going to be the same house for one last time .
Cue the waterworks.
Matson knows how to tug at the hearts, and there is layers to this story. It’s sappy comedy at the finest giving readers plenty of moments that provide the laughter and heartache. Each of the family members has a distinct voice and personality that add to the story which is told from Charlie’s view. Her family are totally relatable in many ways and makes connecting to this book easier for readers. The personal family memories that thrown in to make this story work, are genius and help see why Charlie is the person that she is today.
Charlie maybe the youngest and the one who seems the least experienced in the matters of life given things. Yet she offers a perspective that is honest and allows readers to form their own thought and feelings about the situation unfolding. A senior who at seventeen at a crossroad with her life whose biggest decisions she hoped this year is where to go for college and whether she should break the unspoken family code and make move with Jesse Franks . This weekend is momentous given the changes all colliding together unexpectedly .
Yet Charlie wants the weekend to be perfect , she may have a lot on her plate. Yet she seemed more together then the rest of her family at times. I like this take charge Charlie . As this book is basically a series of disasters aside the family angle. I love how the cuteness was worked in and it gave us Bill who unexpectedly brought things together well. Bill was underplayed , I like that he was there for Charlie and there was a slow burn angle given the state of Charlie’s life.
It’s refreshing to read a book like this .I thought the romance angle was a bit downplayed. It worked well given this story and I love reading a story that was family driven and lovefest about family. Maston truly delivered another wonderful summer romance of a different kind.
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.
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