Summary: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. (less)
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review,
Morgan Matson is honestly the queen of contemporaries. I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour three years ago and that was probably my first real introduction to YA contemporary and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I’ve read all of her books except for one (Second Chance Summer) and they never fail to impress me. They’re a fun quick read which is guaranteed to leave you swooning.
I read someone’s review on Save The Date and they said that it reminded them of a movie and the minute I saw that I couldn’t stop thinking of this as a movie. I mean everyone knows that wedding movies are honestly the best and Save The Date is filled with the most hilarious shenanigans so can a movie of this please happen? It would seriously be epic.
As with any book by Morgan Matson, the characters were amazing! I especially loved all the different sibling dynamics we saw as Charlie interacted with all of the, throughout the book. They all had such interesting character traits and and were all very complex and I really liked seeing their personality and relationship develop. Though this book takes place over a very short period of time we learn a lot about them and they really grow and their point of views change a lot. It was really interesting see just how much they change and how much the wedding weekend affected them.
While I really liked Charlie’s( the main character) relationships with her siblings I just wished we would’ve gotten just a little bit more insight into other aspects of her life. While it’s very clear that her family is very important to her, I would’ve liked to seen just a little bit more surrounding her passion for journalism or her best friend so we got a more rounded perspective of her personality. At times I found her a little annoying because she was SO obsessed with her siblings and it just felt like a little much at times.
Despite this being a Morgan Matson book we don’t really have a clear romantic interest. I mean of course there is romantic elements which I absolutely adored but the focus was really family which I really appreciated. So few contemporaries focus on family so I really appreciated romance taking the back burner because it’s usually the other way around. I would’ve liked just a little bit more scenes with the potential love interest because what little scenes we did get were amazingly cute but all in all I’m really happy with the way Matson centered the Book.