Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
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Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Publication Date: 14th June 2018
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
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 realise that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
My Thoughts
I'm a big fan of Morgan Matson so as soon as I heard about Save the Date I knew I had to add it to my 'must read' list. When the book arrived it didn't take me long to open the pages and dive in. One thing I love about Morgan's books is how there is always a connection between them, either set in the same location, characters visiting the same shops, and even cameos from characters from other books.

The Grant family is preparing for Linnie's Wedding, the whole family is getting together for this occasion and plans have been set in motion for a while, until they find out their wedding planner has messed up everything. But to add to the craziness a TV show is coming to interview the family over their last comic strip, a strange dog has been left at the house, estranged family members are making an appearance, the tux goes missing...the list is endless. With the help of Will, the new wedding planner, Charlie is trying her best to spend time with the family, and get everything fixed and in place for the big day.

If you think of what can go wrong before a wedding, it happens. You read the chapters and see the solutions, but have no idea of what the next hurdle is going to be and I liked not knowing what to expect next. I love how Charlie tries her best to keep everything in place and running for her sister, as well as keeping the family civilised. The Grant family is one that felt real from the start of the book. Things aren't picture perfect and things do go wrong. There are relatives that they don't get along with, or relatives that don't speak to each other, as well as estranged family members.

Save the Date was exactly what I expected from Morgan Matson, I loved every page of this book and could not wait to see how it all ended. I loved how nothing ever ran smoothly, it made the family and the events seem realistic. It honestly didn’t take me long to read this book, no matter how much I wanted to make Save the Date last, it’s just not possible with Morgan’s books.

Final verdict
Save the Date is a must read for everyone, fans of her books will love her latest book. I’m already wanting another book of hers to read.

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