Save the Date. Morgan Matson. Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 9781481404570.
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.
*Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!*
I really loved Save the Date! It had a wedding, emphasis on family bonds, personal growth, a realistic love interest, and so. much. humor. Basically, it had everything I love in a book and then some! Without giving away any spoilers, here’s a breakdown:
The characters. Every person in this book had his/her own personality and character, no matter how secondary. (Well, maybe not the baker, but almost everyone.) It wasn’t like a lot of other YA books where out main character has a large family but it is impossible to differentiate between the characters. The Grant family is made up of five kids, but each character plays his/her own role and stands apart from the others. I can’t emphasize how much I appreciated not having to search the beginning of the book for briefly mentioned character traits as I read on. Charlie, our main character, is very relatable to me. She’s always trying to do what’s best for her family, struggles with change, and is a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to sorting out her feelings.
The plot. The book takes place over the course of a weekend as the Grant family prepares for the older daughter’s wedding. What was dreamed up as the perfect wedding is shaping up to be one disaster after another, leading to tears, scrambling to fix the issue(s), and laughter. As humorous as these mishaps were, the book also explored some deeper topics. Family plays a huge part in this novel, and the relationships between the siblings and parents are a key part of the book. I loved the fun times the Grant family had, but I also enjoyed the more serious aspects dealing with repairing broken bonds and learning to change and grow individually and within the context of a unit.
The romance. Of course this book has romance! Would I be reading it if it didn’t have even a little? Probably not. *shrugs* Anyway, as the summary suggests, Charlie has two main love interests. One is her longtime crush and the other is a new guy. I love how realistically both relationships were dealt with. That’s all I can say without going into spoiler territory, but Charlie was depicted as a real 18/19 year old girl dealing with hormones, attraction, crushes, and a sense of obligation to herself and others.
Overall, I really loved this book! It was a pretty light and fast read, not dealing with anything majorly deep but still being a great story. So stop reading this review and head over to your nearest bookstore or library to get a copy! Leave your thoughts in the comments when you’ve finished 🙂