Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Published July 1 by Simon & Schuster
RRP AUD $17.99
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster – who she’s loved since she was twelve – and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that’s all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
- a rented dog that just won’t stop howling
- an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
- her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
- fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
- and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there’s so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she’s been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
Warning – may contain minor spoilers, but definitely won’t ruin the book!
I’ve read all of Morgan Matson’s books and loved them, so I had super high expectations for Save the Date. I’m super happy to say that it didn’t disappoint! Although it wasn’t my favourite book she’s written, it wasn’t my least favourite either. As with all of Morgan’s other books, I read this one all in one sitting. I love Morgan Matson’s writing style! All of her books have a cute, summery vibe to it, and this one was no exception. I mean, technically speaking, it’s actually set in winter. Still, it felt like summer to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
The actual layout of the book was good! The first few pages featured a list of the main characters and which family they belonged to, which was super helpful and I referred back to it several times when reading the first couple of chapters. There are also a few comics scattered throughout the book, which I loved! These additions really helped me immerse myself in the story.
Morgan’s writing is very immersive and never fails to make me feel like I’m actually in the created world, when I finished the book it took a while for me to realise that the book was very fictional, I don’t know these people, and I’m in Australia! I loved how her writing actually helped me relate to the main character (you’ll see why if you pick up the book!), and it definitely made the story a lot more relatable for me. I was amused for the entire book, and the humour kept the tone of the book mostly light-hearted.
All of Morgan’s books feature adorable romances, but I was happy to see that the romance in this book was a little bit more subdued (or at least in my opinion it was), and the main focus was on the family. There was a small love triangle, but it didn’t really phase me because I knew who she’d end up with from the very beginning. The storyline was interesting and definitely kept me on my feet. I felt for the characters and how things played out, but I was glad the book ended how it did. Everything tied together so nicely, and I always love it when authors are able to link standalone books together, so my petite heart was super excited when a few past characters made an appearance!
Charlie was quite a relatable character, but initially I was kinda iffy about her. She seemed a little bit childish and slightly insensitive toward other characters, there were a few specific scenarios where I didn’t agree with her actions, but overall I enjoyed watching her character develop as the book progressed and I liked her a lot more when I finished reading the book. The rest of the Grant family seemed a tiny bit too perfect (if you know what I mean??), but I liked them all the same and enjoyed the interactions between them. The family functioned really well, and I loved all the mischief that came about when they were all brought together.
So overall, Save the Date was a really good book and I enjoyed it. It’s not one of my favourites, but I do recommend it for people who enjoy contemporaries. A few minor flaws in the story dropped my rating by half a star, but it was definitely a well-written, quick and easy read.
P.S. I found a little typo in my print copy and I was shook (pg 276)
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A special thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for the blog tour opportunity and for providing me with a review copy. Please note this does not affect my opinion on the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles.