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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Save the Date

  1. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    4.5

  2. 4 out of 5

    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. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 4 out of 5

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    emma

    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!! ------------------- 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 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!! ------------------- 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    Will read/buy anything she writes

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I loved this SO much and I am very emotional. I think it might’ve knocked Amy & Roger from my #2 spot of favorite MM books. I won’t really talk in depth about much to spare anyone the waiting but I LOVED the characters, the big family, and all the hijinks. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF. Will probably reread and do a video review closer to when the book releases in June.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i grew up with a small family - just my parents and younger brother. i do have a bigger extended family, but they lived so far away that i rarely saw them. so reading books about large family dynamics is always exciting for me because i get a chance to experience something unfamiliar. and i think family is the one thing this book did right. i absolutely adored all of the interactions and banter between the grant siblings. there was a moment where i felt overwhelmed with all of the characters (th i grew up with a small family - just my parents and younger brother. i do have a bigger extended family, but they lived so far away that i rarely saw them. so reading books about large family dynamics is always exciting for me because i get a chance to experience something unfamiliar. and i think family is the one thing this book did right. i absolutely adored all of the interactions and banter between the grant siblings. there was a moment where i felt overwhelmed with all of the characters (there were a lot of them) and was worried there would be too many to even care about, but i loved the bickering, support, teasing, and love. it felt very real and genuine, which was refreshing because the rest of the book was quite absurd. i didnt hate it, but it got to the point where one bad thing happening after another (in the most ridiculous way possible, i might add) became too unrealistic to enjoy. i understand a faux pas here and there for comedic value, but this was literally one disaster after another. unfortunately, it just became more frustrating than it was funny, as it just felt all over the place with too much going on. overall, this was light and fun, in true morgan matson fashion. and even though the storyline itself fell short for me, the focus on what it means to be a family and appreciating those who love you was the books one redeeming quality. ↠ 3.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    may ❀

    i adore weddings, like its such a fun time for celebration ft. mountains of food and a free space where no one will judge you for stuffing your face honestly, does it get better?? so going into this book, i was highkey ready for that 5 star rating and well, i didn't dislike it, but it didn't shake my world either Pros - BIG. NOISY. FAMILY. - fun, lighthearted, family-oriented plot - ft. //that// brother that always has the lame jokes that everyone rolls their eyes at but secretly loves - disasters i adore weddings, like its such a fun time for celebration ft. mountains of food and a free space where no one will judge you for stuffing your face honestly, does it get better?? so going into this book, i was highkey ready for that 5 star rating and well, i didn't dislike it, but it didn't shake my world either Pros - BIG. NOISY. FAMILY. - fun, lighthearted, family-oriented plot - ft. //that// brother that always has the lame jokes that everyone rolls their eyes at but secretly loves - disasters upon disasters - CLARK'S FRICKEN CAMEO I SCREAMED MY NERD BABY - wedding nightmares (this isn't a pro if you're the bride, but its hilarious to see that no matter how much you plan, weddings can never just go right) - the cover's so cute and fun - THE COMICS FEATURED i could honestly get more of that - the alaRM - seriously i loved the family dynamics sm its just so fun to see big dysfunctional families featured in ya - beagle Cons - while i generally loved the plot and idea behind the book, the execution wasn't as dazzling - i found the plot draggggeeedddd over a course of 400 pages when it really didn't need to - i couldn't connect with our mc even tho she seemed to check all the boxes - (she was really idk, standoff-ish to her bro's gf and i was just not here for it- yes yes, character development and all, but idk it was meh for me) - the romance also didn't go for me. usually i adore Matson's love interests, but this one really seemed like a sub-sub plot and the whole love triangle dynamic had me uninterested overall, it was a really fun, summer, read and i would totally recomend it as something lighthearted and fun but i didn't feel like it was a book you could get lost inside 3.5 stars!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I REQUESTED THIS ON NETGALLEY ON A WHIM AND SOMEHOW I GOT ACCEPTED HOW DID THIS HAPPEN IM SO FJDAKLFJDAL;FJA EXCITED AND HAPPY much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for accepting my request. all opinions are mineeeee

  10. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Polis

    More like a 3.5 BECAUSE I'VE NEVRR BEEN MORE STRESSED READING THIS BOOK. BUT DAMN. POIGNANT THERE AT THE END. I feel like as an adult, I got it, it resonated in me, but to a teen this could be just a fun read. But type A personality almost DNF this book so hard. Oh gosh, some scenes I wish I read while taking shots. LOL

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    Ohhhh. This was so FUNNY and CUTE. My first Morgan Matson’s book :).

  12. 4 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    "How was it that you only fully realized what you had when it was gone? And I knew there would be new friends, new experiences, maybe even amazing adventures ahead of me. But I felt like I needed, for just a moment, to appreciate what I was - what we all were - leaving behind." Save the Date was such an enjoyable, comfy read. The Grant family was the kind of family we'd all want to be a part of. They were funny, imperfect, loving and so real. It felt like I was in their house the entire time "How was it that you only fully realized what you had when it was gone? And I knew there would be new friends, new experiences, maybe even amazing adventures ahead of me. But I felt like I needed, for just a moment, to appreciate what I was - what we all were - leaving behind." Save the Date was such an enjoyable, comfy read. The Grant family was the kind of family we'd all want to be a part of. They were funny, imperfect, loving and so real. It felt like I was in their house the entire time I was reading. The plot revolves around Linnie's wedding and the weekend of festivities which coincide with the mom's final installment of her famed comic strip which was loosely based off the family. Now, it's impossible to sum everything up that happens in that 1 tidy sentence. There was lots of family drama, & wedding mishaps along the way but what really grabbed me was the sibling relationships in the story. Charlie's love for her brothers & sister and her utter devotion to the Grant family shine through so vividly. It was hard not to fall in love with this bunch. This was a perfect summer read - quick, light, funny & heartwarming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    It was that feeling like when the lights come up after a movie—how it takes a minute to let go of the world you’d been immersed in. I've been patiently waiting for this newest Matson's book, back when its release date had been set for the same day as Sarah Dessen's Once and For All, both surrounding the wedding season, though, the latter is more on planning than attending one. Save the Date still holds the same hectic atmosphere since the main event - the wedding - is taking place at the Grant' It was that feeling like when the lights come up after a movie—how it takes a minute to let go of the world you’d been immersed in. I've been patiently waiting for this newest Matson's book, back when its release date had been set for the same day as Sarah Dessen's Once and For All, both surrounding the wedding season, though, the latter is more on planning than attending one. Save the Date still holds the same hectic atmosphere since the main event - the wedding - is taking place at the Grant's house with a bunch of siblings set to arrive all at once. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning: 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. 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. I forgot how quickly these contemporary reads go by. You start to get into it and then poof the book's over. Save the Date , in particular, hit it off with a bang by starting with a romantic get-together that swept me right into the storyline. I’m a (low-key) sucker for obsessional crushes, so seeing Charlie’s keenness on her childhood crush was all too real; Jesse Foster is no longer a boy in her eyes, but a mythical figure that can do no wrong. The book hits the mark on experiencing unrequited crushes and observing from the sidelines. Like my favorite quote from To All the Boys I've Loved Before conveys: 'You'd rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.’ I mean, I can’t stop thinking about this: “Jesse didn’t move over from his spot on the middle cushion, so when I sat on the couch, I was closer to him than I had ever been before, except for two memorable occasions—when we’d been stuck in an elevator together at a laser tag place for Mike’s fourteenth birthday, and a memorable car ride when I was twelve and we’d been coming back from playing mini golf in Hartfield, all of us crammed into the car, and somehow, I’d ended up in the way back next to Jesse, Mike on his other side. And Jesse kept turning to talk to Mike, which meant he kept leaning into me, his bare leg pressing against mine. It had been a thirty-minute ride home, and the whole time, I’d prayed for a traffic jam, a road closure, a flat tire—anything to keep it going longer. So, as I sat on the couch next to him now, it was with full awareness that this proximity to him—voluntary, as opposed to car-logistic mandated—was a brand-new thing.” *rubs hands together* Now, it’s getting good. “She didn’t know what it was like to look and wish and want, always two steps behind the person, always on the edges of their life. What it was like to stand next to someone and know you weren’t registering with them, not in any meaningful way. That you thought about someone a thousand times more than they’d ever thought about you. To know that you were just a face in the crowd scenes while they were center stage. And then, all at once, to have the spotlight finally swing over to you. To suddenly be visible, to be seen, no longer one of the people in the background who never get any lines. To suddenly be in the midst of something you’d only ever looked at from the sidelines. What that felt like when it finally happened, dropped in your lap when you were least expecting it, like a gift you were half-afraid to open.” This right here is exactly why I so love Wren’s line from Fangirl: “That moment," she told Cath, "when you realize that a guy's looking at you differently—that you're taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can't see past you anymore.”  I'll never tire of seeing books get it right when discussing something close to heart. I was living vicariously through Charlie and Jesse's interactions, which is why this became such a pivotal reading experience for me when it went the extra mile of showing the reason these types of crushes don't tend to develop any further is because you hold them on this invisible pedestal, whereas for them you're just a body in a crowd. “He was a nice guy. He was cute, and he was a great kisser. But that was actually all I really knew about him, Jesse the actual person. I couldn’t have told you his favorite movie, or his roommate’s name, or his greatest fear. He wasn’t who I thought he was all those years, because that person didn’t exist. That Jesse was just a compilation of everything I’d projected onto him, coupled with a handful of real-life interactions that I’d given far too much value to.” Her anthem should include Dua Lipa's New Rules. Source Analysing and reading into their every move can become exhausting really quickly, so I was beyond grateful to safely experience from the sidelines where all this can lead to with Save the Date . (Another great book that touches upon this is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.) I'm putting that major revelation aside by moving on to discuss the actual book, which is 'what you see is what you get' synopsis-wise since the entirety of it is set around three hectic wedding days (without any major flashbacks). Consequently, the usual contemporary, summer fun isn’t quite as present here as with Matson's previous books, especially when each developing storyline could be detected from a mile away. The only remaining upside Save the Date held for me were Charlie's siblings with their dynamic personalities put into one house. It's the little things that made them seem so close to me. Like, calling for "witnesses" when making a bet, or their "not it" gesture of pulling on their earlobe. “This was one of the thousands of tiny things that only happened when we were together, one of the things you didn’t know you’d miss until it was gone.” It's these details that are able to procure real, authentic moments. “Mike Drop?” “No!” I said quickly. Mike Drops were something that J.J. and Danny had done a lot when Mike was in elementary school and they were much, much bigger than he was. It was true to its name—Danny would pick up Mike, yell “Mike Drop!” and toss him in the air and J.J. would dash in and catch him just before he hit the floor. All of which had worked out great when Mike was six. But as they’d all gotten older, J.J. sometimes forgot to catch him, and they had a way of getting people injured, sometimes all three of them in the same Mike Drop.” They were a never-ending hoot to read about. As well as the scarcely Grant Central Station comic strips scattered throughout. Plus, there's the added bonus of featuring quite the creative chapter titles that make for a compelling road ahead, with favorites including: “Or, Acronyms Are Not Always a Good Idea Or, AANAAGI” & “Or, 98% of All Statistics Are Made Up on the Spot.” Overall, Save the Date was an enjoyable YA read, though a bit rushed in places, and included just the right amount of fun and laughter. Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying Save the Date , just click on the image below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils This review and more can be found on my blog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather 'Bookables'

    3.75/5 It was all about a wedding which is my jam so I loved reading behind the scenes of one. I also enjoyed how it mostly centered around the Grant family & the complexity of the relationships between them all. 🍰 🐶 I’m not going to lie, this book annoyed me at times. Mostly the situations in it really. Almost every situation if something could go wrong, it did...big time. It often reminded me of some movies where crazy situations keep happening which give me such bad anxiety honestly. 🍰 Overal 3.75/5 It was all about a wedding which is my jam so I loved reading behind the scenes of one. I also enjoyed how it mostly centered around the Grant family & the complexity of the relationships between them all. 🍰 🐶 I’m not going to lie, this book annoyed me at times. Mostly the situations in it really. Almost every situation if something could go wrong, it did...big time. It often reminded me of some movies where crazy situations keep happening which give me such bad anxiety honestly. 🍰 Overall I did really enjoy this book and would say it’s a great summer read. It’s long but fast to fly through and you will fall in love with the Grant family & Waffles The dog of course!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    This book had one of the best family dynamics that I’ve read in a long time. So loving, so flawed and so funny!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    Oh my goodness, this was every sort of lighthearted, introspective, heartwarming, and relatable fun I was hoping for in a new Morgan Matson book. She and Maurene Goo both have this amazing ability to write the most realistic, lovable characters who feel like complex people you could totally know. Charlie is an upper-middle class teen facing the typical college decisions and dealing with saying goodbye on several levels to the life & world she's always known. She has 4 older siblings (so a go Oh my goodness, this was every sort of lighthearted, introspective, heartwarming, and relatable fun I was hoping for in a new Morgan Matson book. She and Maurene Goo both have this amazing ability to write the most realistic, lovable characters who feel like complex people you could totally know. Charlie is an upper-middle class teen facing the typical college decisions and dealing with saying goodbye on several levels to the life & world she's always known. She has 4 older siblings (so a good chunk of the characters are in their twenties) and has kind of put her family on a pedestal in her mind. The story takes place over the weekend of her sister's wedding at home, where just about everything that could go wrong does. You know that backyard scene in Crazy Stupid Love where everything culminates and spirals out of control in the most hilarious way? This book was like several hundred pages of that. It just kept coming. So that was kind of a pro and con for me... The story never got dull, but I also would've liked a bit more time for it to breathe in places. I loved how this book did the Sarah Dessen thing where characters from other Morgan Matson books had small roles! And even though Charlie is from a very wealthy family (her parents are paying for college, she has a phone & car and her own room in a big house, doesn't need to work after school, it's a pretty elaborate backyard wedding, etc.), she's still quite relatable. She comes to see the older brother she's always idolized is a flawed human and their relationship can now change to being equals. And the romance & guy stuff isn't the focus of the story, but it's cute and realistic! I seriously LOVED the characters here so, so much. One of the brothers was so well defined that I almost wish he had his own book. The family as a whole unit actually felt more like a main character and I really liked seeing that. If you like lighthearted contemporaries that are still grounded in reality then definitely check this one out! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary H

    Save the Date is absolutely wonderful. it's funny and touching and just... wonderful. I love the focus on thr Grant family, and it was really cool to see the dynamic among the family as a whole unit as well as in smaller groupings. And all the wedding hijinks are amazing. Full review to come! Pre-review: I can't make this stupid gif load correctly, but to quote Tom Haverford: "This is America. I want it now!"

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I wanted this book as soon as I saw the cover. Naturally that meant I was denied an ARC and had to wait for the library to listen to another of my “please sir, may I have some more” requests for it to be purchased. I went into Save the Date hoping for something reminiscent of this . . . . Without so much of this . . . . But with some of this . . . . And that’s pretty much what I got so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! This is the story of the Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I wanted this book as soon as I saw the cover. Naturally that meant I was denied an ARC and had to wait for the library to listen to another of my “please sir, may I have some more” requests for it to be purchased. I went into Save the Date hoping for something reminiscent of this . . . . Without so much of this . . . . But with some of this . . . . And that’s pretty much what I got so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! This is the story of the weekend of Charlie’s older sister’s wedding. It’s a time for the whole family to be reunited for the first time in a couple of years, for secrets to be revealed and old wounds to be reopened (and hopefully healed), and a time when maybe Charlie will get a shot at her longtime crush. With expectations for the perfect day, what could possibly go wrong????? Yep, pretty much everything . . . . . If you are an actual young adult and not an old adult like myself PLEEEEEEEEEASE take this rating with a grain pound of salt. Also note that 3 Stars means “I liked it” and I did. It was cute and fluffy and the perfect summertime read and I will absolutely check out more by Morgan Matson after reading this. It just wasn’t a real world changer due to the familiarity of the plot and I’m also not a giant fan of slapstick comedy or every minute detail being covered regarding flowers and dresses and hair like a freaking Pinterest dream board.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alana • thebookishchick

    Rating: 4.5 stars Who let me sleep on Morgan Matson books for so long?!?! Seriously, I want to know because I've been missing out. This was such a cute and funny story and yet it got real deep at times too, which I totally was not expecting. The characters were all extremely lovable and somehow this book made it feel like I actually grew up with the Grant family. The story revolves around Charlie, whose older sister Linnie is getting married in a backyard wedding at their home for one last hoorah Rating: 4.5 stars Who let me sleep on Morgan Matson books for so long?!?! Seriously, I want to know because I've been missing out. This was such a cute and funny story and yet it got real deep at times too, which I totally was not expecting. The characters were all extremely lovable and somehow this book made it feel like I actually grew up with the Grant family. The story revolves around Charlie, whose older sister Linnie is getting married in a backyard wedding at their home for one last hoorah before her parents sell the house. Charlie desperately wants to have the most amazing time with her four older siblings before she graduates high school and goes to college. But when everything, and I mean EVERYTHING starts going wrong, Charlie needs to come to grip with her new reality and  realize that sometimes we cannot live our lives stuck in the past and must move forward. As Linnie's wedding approaches so does the end of their mothers nationally beloved comic strip which is loosely centered around the Grant family. The family is set for an interview with Good Morning America the day after the wedding to discuss the comic coming to a close and showing the world who the Grant's really are. Now before we get to the end, let's get to the DISASTER that led up to Linnie's wedding. I'm just saying, I was no bridezilla when I got married but if everything poor Linnie went through happened to me I might have been writing this from a jail cell. Just picture everything you can think of involved in a wedding going so horribly wrong. Wedding disasters include, but are not limited to: Wedding planner? Bailed. Security alarm in the house? Goes off every two seconds. Favorite brother brings home a girlfriend? The nerve. Groom's tuxedo? Missing. Family drama?  Like you've never seen before. Pesty neighbors? The cops are bound to show at some point. Wedding cake? Hope you like it from the supermarket. Birthday party decorations instead of wedding decorations? We're just getting warmed up, folks. No power the day of the wedding? It's not like they need music or anything. Speaking of bands, you like Journey right? Because that's all the band plays. Did I mention the wrong band got sent to the wedding? And the list goes on and on and on to create the most disastrous wedding in the history of weddings. It was hilarious. Despite how hilarious this was, I was not expecting for this to get as deep as it did. Once the wedding is over and the guests have danced the night away, some revelations are made and Charlie realizes maybe her "picture perfect family" is not as perfect as it seems. At this point it's no surprise that Charlie hates change and fiercely clings to the past, but life is drastically about to change for her. Which leads us to the most hilarious Good Morning America interview the morning after the wedding, when the Grant family is so done with the events of the weekend that they totally wreck the interview. I need this book to be made into a movie. I WOULD PAY GOOD MONEY FOR IT.  All in all, this was the perfect contemporary I was looking for this summer. On top everything I mentioned there is still so much more to it and so many more disasters headed your way. I was able to relate to Charlie so much since I also hate change and feel the same way towards my family. I've always felt like I would rather hold on to the good times and memories rather than have life get in the way. So, I'm going to close this one out with some Grant family wisdom since I could really use it myself. “You need to move forward. If you don’t move on from the past, you’re going to miss out on some really amazing stuff in the future.” Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  20. 5 out of 5

    Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 4.5/5 One of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and it was completely worth the wait ☺ This would make an AMAZING movie! RATING: 4.5/5 One of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and it was completely worth the wait ☺️ This would make an AMAZING movie!

  21. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    thank you so much to simon & schuster for sending me a full copy in exchange for an honest review TO READ MORE OF MY REVIEWS CLICK HERE I have been anticipating Save The Date by Morgan Matson for some time now. I absolutely love Morgan Matson’s books and the ultimate feel-good vibe they give me. Save The Date was not what I was expecting. It shocked me so much at what an overwhelming feel-good read this was (yes, this is the third review in a row where I’ve said this). The characters all trul thank you so much to simon & schuster for sending me a full copy in exchange for an honest review TO READ MORE OF MY REVIEWS CLICK HERE I have been anticipating Save The Date by Morgan Matson for some time now. I absolutely love Morgan Matson’s books and the ultimate feel-good vibe they give me. Save The Date was not what I was expecting. It shocked me so much at what an overwhelming feel-good read this was (yes, this is the third review in a row where I’ve said this). The characters all truly jump off the page and at the core Save The Date is not a romance. It is about a messy family and moving on. Change can be scary and this book really focuses on subtly letting the audience know the main character Charlie inside and out. This book is truly about family and the struggles and how change can actually be good for us. Charlie Grant and her family have been known by America for the past 25 years. How? Her mother writes a comic in the newspaper. This comic has shared countless parallels with real life, with the comic ultimately being a more perfect version of them. With five kids in both real life and the comic, the Grant family is very easily what some people may call a mess. There is anger within some characters and too much excitement in others. As they all come together for the second eldest wedding disaster definitely occurs. This one last huzzah is happening just as Charlie’s mother is finishing up her comic strip. Charlie’s house is being sold and she needs to choose where she is going to college now. But, so much is changing and she is struggling to keep her head afloat and her panic stamped down. A random beagle, a criminal wedding planner and a missing suit are just the start of a night the Grant’s will never forget. This book was truly such a delightful story. If you know me, you know my favourite dog is a beagle. If you know me and my family in real life you’ll know that years ago we had a dog named Waffles, which is exactly what the beagle in this book is named. The struggles and adventures of Charlie as she tries to make her sister’s wedding perfect are absolutely hilarious, while the book also touching on the serious topic of change. Despite this being a long contemporary novel I still highly recommend it. I feel this is perfect for someone who is moving away for college soon and is struggling with the concept. Anyway, let’s jump into what I loved and didn’t love about Morgan Matson’s Save The Date. what I liked ✗ DISASTERS HAD ME LAUGHING Almost everything that could go wrong in this book did. It literally had me laughing out loud. Very rarely can a book make me physically laugh and smile, this book did it. Morgan Matson has a way with words and, overall, humour. I truly can’t remember being this happy while reading this book in a long time. ✗ EVERY CHARACTER HAD SO MUCH DEPTH With such a large cast of characters it should be difficult to identify the individual voices. I think Morgan Matson did an amazing job. Even family members who only had a few lines were complex and amazingly written. I truly don’t know what else to say here. I am just blown away by the characters and how they flew off the page at me and basically smacked me in the face. ✗ FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS Five siblings is always a mess. At one stage in my life I was in a family of seven like the Grant’s. However, I had three stepbrothers and one biological sister. That is no longer a thing due to my mum leaving their abusive father. Anyway, I know what the dynamic of five kids can be like and it is always a ride. Morgan Matson does an incredible job of including fights and what Charlie feels like as the youngest of the family. ✗ NOT A LOVE STORY I went in to Save The Date expecting it to be a love story like all of Morgan Matson’s other works. That is not what I got. I know I’ve said it a few times in this review but I really can’t get over the message of this story. It was truly one that created power – moving on is hard when you want to dig your nails into your past. I think the characters did an excellent job of supporting one another during this as well. I just have no words. I am so glad this wasn’t a love story. Romance itself just didn’t really fit into this storyline. what I didn’t like ✗ SOME SCENES WERE TOO CONFUSING I know I said I loved that this book had a large cast of characters but man, it was so confusing at times. With ten characters in a scene it can get beyond confusing and I found myself stumbling over who was who. I know a few of the pronouns were mixed up on paper as well which lead to me going back and reading paragraphs in order to get a better grasp of what I was reading. ✗ JESSE WAS A USELESS CHARACTER I know I said there is no love story but there is kind of a mild one. Jesse is Mike’s best friend. Mike is the second youngest in the Grant family and what I would call the black sheep of the family. However, Jesse added absolutely nothing apart from being kind of a player who Charlie had a crush on. It was honestly annoying. His addition to the story really did add nothing and took up page time that I felt was wasted. Overall, you know when you read a book and you can vividly see it playing like a movie before your eyes? Save The Date is like that. I truly hope that in coming years this book does get a movie because it deserves it. It is an incredible laugh and would do amazing on the big screen. With an overall message that really hits home, I think this is a book that anyone can pick up and see a bit of themselves in.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    4.5/5 Stars!! 'Save the Date' has been my second book by Morgan Matson, and just like her previous book it was amazing. Her books are never disappointing and this book was everything I needed at the moment. It can easily be said on my part how amazing it'll be if it were to adapted into a film. About the book: Matson's latest novel follows the Grant family during the weekend of their oldest daughter, Linnie's wedding. Our main character, Charlie Grant (the youngest of the 5 siblings), is thrilled 4.5/5 Stars!! 'Save the Date' has been my second book by Morgan Matson, and just like her previous book it was amazing. Her books are never disappointing and this book was everything I needed at the moment. It can easily be said on my part how amazing it'll be if it were to adapted into a film. About the book: Matson's latest novel follows the Grant family during the weekend of their oldest daughter, Linnie's wedding. Our main character, Charlie Grant (the youngest of the 5 siblings), is thrilled to have all of her siblings home for the wedding, especially when the Grant family will once again be reunited in a long time, and they're determined to make everything perfect; until the wedding planner quits on literally last minute, and chaos ensues, so anything you can imagine can go wrong for a wedding did go wrong. I loved how we see Charlie's progression throughout the entire book, the author did that perfectly, because many teenagers can be annoying and bratty and petty. So, it was totally realistic how the author described the teenagers as moody people, Charlie's actions for example: towards Brooke aka her oldest brother's Danny's girlfriend (hating her for no specific reason) or having this whole idea that she is in love with Jesse (her youngest brother's Mike's best friend) whom she's known for a really long time, but in reality it was just a crush, because they've known/seen each other their whole life. And what I found really annoying about Charlie was that she does the things whatever pleases her more, f.e. she easily forgets about her best friend Siobhan, just because she's with her family. Personal opinion: I loved how Morgan named Charlie's best friend Siobhan after her real life best friend who's also named Siobhan. Why I nearly loved this book besides the disastrous moments that happened, was the whole idea of the story. While most of her books' main focus are on romances, this book focuses more on family bonding, reconnecting with each other and most importantly figuring out who you are or want you want in this life. There are other things that are more important than romance, and there's a saying that fits perfectly for this book which is: 'Family comes first' and for me personally I 100% agree with that. The comic strips which is called 'Grant Central Station' were super adorable, however I wanted to see them more than a couple as it was in the book. So the whole book was funny, fast-paced, and light-hearted, forming perfection for a summer reading! ************* Finally reading my most anticipated book of this year. The second I heard this is going to be 'Father of the Bride' meets 'Sixteen Candlesthat's already enough reason for me to read it, PLUS it's by Morgan Matson! BR with Sharon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    2.5/5 stars. Out of all of Morgan Matson’s books, this one was my least favourite. To me, “Save the Date” reads like a comedy in which everything goes wrong all the time, to the point that it’s not even realistic anymore. Charlie is our protagonist, and she’s trying to balance everything during one weekend in which her sister is getting married. Charlie wants for everything to go perfectly; needless to say, things go awry pretty quickly, and the plot turns into a predictable series of unfortunat 2.5/5 stars. Out of all of Morgan Matson’s books, this one was my least favourite. To me, “Save the Date” reads like a comedy in which everything goes wrong all the time, to the point that it’s not even realistic anymore. Charlie is our protagonist, and she’s trying to balance everything during one weekend in which her sister is getting married. Charlie wants for everything to go perfectly; needless to say, things go awry pretty quickly, and the plot turns into a predictable series of unfortunate events. What still made this book interesting to read, nonetheless, were the characters. I felt warmed and comfortable reading about Charlie and her big family; it kind of felt like taking a nostalgic look back at my own time living at home. I also really loved the comic strips and the story behind - that part of the novel was probably my favourite. But all in all, this novel was very underwhelming, and I can’t help wondering why Morgan Matson chose this plot to write a book about nostalgia, letting go and growing up. The themes were interesting, albeit too overt, but combined with the silly plot, “Save the Date” makes for a pretty underwhelming and predictable novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    honestly i will probably like anything morgan matson writes. this book is so stressful tbh. as the summary suggests, lots of things go awry before/during/after this wedding and it constantly put me on edge. but there's such beauty in the family dynamic, in the gradual way charlie learns to transition into a new stage of her life, and in the coming-of-age/stepping-into-adulthood activity of recognizing that an idealization is not truth.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    *3.5 Stars* This book is very cute and family oriented! It follows the hectic day of and day before Linnie’s wedding. It was pretty entertaining but all of the chaos did start to get to be a little overboard. Also, in my opinion Charlie is way too immature for her age. But I did enjoy this nonetheless!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Marsden

    Oh hi, new Morgan Matson book. I had no idea you existed. WHY DID I HAVE NO IDEA YOU EXISTED. Okay guys I am FREAKING OUT about this now. Sadly it's not 2017, but early 2018 is better than late 2018!! This sounds so adorable, I love weddings and chaos. I'm super surprised that it's only 288 pages though, like whaaattt? I love long contemporaries, but I'm sure this'll still be amazing. I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT OVER THE COVER REVEAL. This is gonna be one heck of a cover, folks. I'm gonna g Oh hi, new Morgan Matson book. I had no idea you existed. WHY DID I HAVE NO IDEA YOU EXISTED. Okay guys I am FREAKING OUT about this now. Sadly it's not 2017, but early 2018 is better than late 2018!! This sounds so adorable, I love weddings and chaos. I'm super surprised that it's only 288 pages though, like whaaattt? I love long contemporaries, but I'm sure this'll still be amazing. I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT OVER THE COVER REVEAL. This is gonna be one heck of a cover, folks. I'm gonna go now, bye! Talk to you again once this baby has a cover. Also, I wrote this at 1:45 AM, so that probably explains some things...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ishmeen

    Never read a Morgan Matson book before but Wing-yee thinks I’ll like this so why tf not 😄

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kyla Harris

    Plot - 14/20 Characters - 14/20 Creativity - 15/20 Writing - 16/20 Pace - 6/10 Ending - 7/10 74/100 = B- 3.5/5 stars Such a cute story surrounded by family, and how crazy life can get at times. Really hated the romance at the beginning but the ending was sweet and adorable. About half way the story gets pretty repetitive in disasters but after it wraps up in such a sweet beautiful way it was worth it(: Love Morgan Matson and her writing style, nothing will be changing that anytime soon that's for sur Plot - 14/20 Characters - 14/20 Creativity - 15/20 Writing - 16/20 Pace - 6/10 Ending - 7/10 74/100 = B- 3.5/5 stars Such a cute story surrounded by family, and how crazy life can get at times. Really hated the romance at the beginning but the ending was sweet and adorable. About half way the story gets pretty repetitive in disasters but after it wraps up in such a sweet beautiful way it was worth it(: Love Morgan Matson and her writing style, nothing will be changing that anytime soon that's for sure!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    2.5 stars? I had only heard gushing reviews of how great this book was, so I was pretty excited for it when I finally got around to it. Sadly, I was bored. I guess Charlie was an okay MC. The family was huge and because there were so many people to keep track of, no one felt fleshed out. And I legit couldn’t keep track of the brothers. Plot wise it was bland. I mean, there are so many things happening that it was a bit too convoluted. Several of the plot lines seemed unnecessary and there for no 2.5 stars? I had only heard gushing reviews of how great this book was, so I was pretty excited for it when I finally got around to it. Sadly, I was bored. I guess Charlie was an okay MC. The family was huge and because there were so many people to keep track of, no one felt fleshed out. And I legit couldn’t keep track of the brothers. Plot wise it was bland. I mean, there are so many things happening that it was a bit too convoluted. Several of the plot lines seemed unnecessary and there for no purpose other than to fill a page. Overall, it was a cute idea and there was a lot of potential, but the family dynamic just didn’t click. **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a finished copy free of charge**

  30. 5 out of 5

    beth

    Rating - 4.5 stars. I did not read almost 300 pages of this in a day. What? 😳 I absolutely loved this. It’s definitely a close second to Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson which is my absolute favourite book by her. I didn’t think anything could come close but this book definitely did! I loved the family so much. Please can somebody get me a J.J? He was easily my favourite character the whole way through. It didn’t quite make 5 stars as the main character did annoy me sometimes, especially Rating - 4.5 stars. I did not read almost 300 pages of this in a day. What? 😳 I absolutely loved this. It’s definitely a close second to Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson which is my absolute favourite book by her. I didn’t think anything could come close but this book definitely did! I loved the family so much. Please can somebody get me a J.J? He was easily my favourite character the whole way through. It didn’t quite make 5 stars as the main character did annoy me sometimes, especially with how she treats certain people throughout the book sometimes. All in all, It was a very funny and laid back read and I would definitely recommend it :) full review to come

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