Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: July 1, 2018
Pages: 417 pages
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.
Thoughts on the book: Save the Date is the hilarious new YA novel from bestselling author Morgan Matson where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Charlie Grant is part of the famous Grant family who have basically grown up in the eyes of the public in a way through their mother's famous comic strip Grant Central Station. Now the comic strip is coming to an end, their parents are selling their family home and Charlie's older sister, Linnie is getting married. Charlie wants this weekend to be perfect and a fantastic last hurrah for their tight nit family before things change. All Charlie wanted was the perfect weekend where her family can spend some quality time together before her sister gets married to Rodney. But that's a hard call when one of your brothers isn't talking to half of your family (which we find out what had occurred throughout the novel), your favourite brother brings his new girlfriend that no one knew about, the network that is filming a segment on your family has sent a hire dog over, the alarm at the house keeps going off and the wedding planner that your brother got for your sister has been done for embezzlement. Whenever something goes wrong Charlie does her hardest to fix it but what if there are some problems that Charlie can't fix? After life changing three day weekend will the Grants ever be the same again?
Thank you so much to Lisa from Simon and Schuster and the AusYaBloggers for allowing me to be apart of this amazing blog tour and sending me a review copy. I hate to admit it but this is my first Morgan Matson novel that I have read and it certainly won't be the last. All of the Grants are so different yet seem to really bounce off each other which creates so much banter throughout the book that you are constantly finding yourself laughing out loud at all of their antics. I loved that Save the Date talked about how the 'perfect' family isn't always the perfect family that they are made out to be. From the outside the Grants seem perfect and even in the comic strip they are portrayed as the family that has it all and encounter every hilarious mishap that can possibly happen. But of course they aren't and while reading you kind of think that the comic strip is their mother's way of making their family perfect.
But it would be hard growing up being a Grant where everything you do in life can make it's way into comic strip. I adored how much Charlie changed throughout the book. At the start she was so set in her ways and all she wanted was everything to be perfect and as Save the Date progresses Charlie slowly lets go of all her preconceived ways and learns that not everything can go the way that she envisions and to roll with the punches. If you want a book that has it all and wraps the storyline up nicely than Save the Date is defiantly for you.
Author bio and links
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/morgamat/ Website: http://www.MorganMatson.com.
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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