Review: Save the Date (Morgan Matson)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

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.


RATING

4.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is my most anticipated 2018 book release! I have said this thousands of times already, but Morgan Matson is my favourite contemporary author ever. She has a knack and speciality in capturing young adult audiences in writing important themes such as family, friends and life. I truly love all of her works (except for Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I haven’t read it yet). It is painful and depressing that I have finished reading this book because most probably I will have to wait for another more or less 2 years for her new release 😦

It has been a while since I read a fluffy yet amazing contemporary read like this and I forget that how fast I can finish these kinds of reads and later I will be so frustrated that the book has ended 😦 It is so amazing when a book can totally mesmerize you.

Morgan Matson has changed her style of writing, where she acknowledges and writes POC and LGBT characters in her books. She has improved a lot as a writer and that shows people evolve in their writing processes.

For each book she writes, she comes up with additional elements such as paragraphs of fictional stories created by the characters in her book, song playlists by the characters etc. In Save the Date, she comes up with a brilliant idea which is Grant Central Station, which is a comic strip created by the main character’s mom. The strip is basically a real life story based on the Grants’ family and friends. It is truly refreshing on how the comic strip depicts the life of the Grants.

The plot is totally fun and fast paced. I truly enjoy all of the chapters, because all of the dialogues and monologues are enjoyable and funny. I am amazed by the Grants perseverance in preparing for the wedding as they are so many things go wrong at the very last-minute and they handle that perfectly well.

Another part that I truly enjoy is that Morgan Matson writes characters who exist in the same universe, so often in her books we see cameos from her another books are making appearances. It is heartwarming to see Andie Walker and her writer-boyfriend, as well as Governor Walker in Save the Date. Amy from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour also makes an appearance in the book, if I am not mistaken. I also love the Avengers references in the book as we just pass the phase of post-Avengers fever which is the Infinity War movie.

I love all of characters in Save the Date, however, I wish that there is a perfect closure for Charlie’s romance with her love interest. For the few last chapters are very emotional and heartbreaking, Morgan Matson ends the book with a perfect note. From what I could say is that the book will totally make a great movie!

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Sabrina

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5 thoughts on “Review: Save the Date (Morgan Matson)

  1. Sabrina, I was hesitant to pick up more Morgan Matson books because of the lack of inclusion. I am so happy to hear that she is now actively working on including LGBT+ and POC characters. I loved her “Since You’ve Been Gone” novel, and I have enjoyed “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.” The one I am really scared of is “Second Chance Summer” because it will hit me in the heart. Cannot wait to read more of her stuff. She cheers me up in her books.

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    • Thank you very much for reading my review. I highly anticipate more diversity in her books because we need to put diversity forward. It is nice to see her inclusion in the book. My most favourite book from her is definitely Second Chance Summer! 😊

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