REVIEW: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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"Charlie?" He looked up at me, his expression grim. "I think we have a problem."

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781481404570

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My rating:

            I will literally buy and devour any Morgan Matson novel. And just like fine wine, Morgan just gets better with age. Each new novel is more addicting than the last. And trust me, you will fall head over heels for the Grant family in Save the Date. This novel is one of the most frustrating that you will ever read, but by the end of it, you will feel like you’re a part of the family.

“I couldn't help but notice how nice it felt - not trying to make everything perfect. Not trying to fit into some preconceived image. All the members of the Grant family were finally - in front of the entire country - being real.”

            I have to admit, Save the Date is probably Matson’s most frustrating (and yet, extremely entertaining) novel. Here, I’ll paint you a picture. Close your eyes. Go ahead, do it! Trust me! Now, picture the worst day you’ve had in quite some time. You woke up late, your shower wouldn’t get hot, you spilled coffee on your white shirt as you were walking into school/work, your boss yelled at you for being late, you have to stay two extra hours after work to make up for lost time, your car won’t start after work… okay, I could go on and on. But, picture that and then multiply it by one hundred. That’s how it feels to read Save the Date. Everything that could go wrong does and then even more goes wrong.

            And that’s where the hilarity and frustration come in. The Grant family is huge—filled with all different types of personalities, and with that comes a lot of witty and humorous banter, awkward and laugh-out-loud moments, and sentimental and heartbreaking conversations. Save the Date is endlessly entertaining.

“I realized that maybe it meant we could be closer to equals. Maybe I could actually find out who he was, now that I wasn’t blinded by the vision of him that I had been holding on to, the one left over from when I was six and he was the best person in the world.”

            Our protagonist, Charlie, isn’t the biggest fan of change. She goes off to college in the fall and life as she knows it will forever be over and she can’t really handle it. She has a cloudy vision of her family due to her mom’s comic strip. She has a cloudy vision of life and herself because of that cloudy vision of her family. What it all boils down to is that Charlie needs a big dose of reality, and trust me, she gets it.

            I actually really loved Charlie. Her voice was humorous and quite enjoyable. Experiencing this journey with her as she figures out who she is, who her family really is was such a great time. By the end of the book, I was downright sobbing, because I didn’t want it to ever end!

“We just looked at each other for a moment, and I found myself taking him in, all his details—his dark hair, his snub nose, the way even when he wasn’t smiling he seemed like he was about to, like it was just waiting in the wings. It was like I was trying to memorize him—in case this was the last time I would ever see him.”

            The subtle romance that is a marker of Matson’s novels always gets me. It’s always my favorite part of her books. Obviously, I love romance books—dirty and dark, sweet and fluffy, all kinds—but I love how Matson weaves romance so intricately through her books that you don’t even realize that you’re falling in love until the end when it’s over and you’re just sitting there, your heart racing and you’re wishing that there would be a sequel just to see what happens next between Charlie and YOU KNOW WHO IF YOU’VE ALREADY READ THIS. I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THINGS. Ugh, it’s just beautiful, okay?

            Save the Date is a masterpiece. It’s immaculate in book form and I’m praying that we get to see it on the big screen because it truly deserves its own movie.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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