Charlie Grant’s sister is getting married, and she is so excited for all of her family to be back in her childhood home one last time before her parents sell it. It’s going to be the perfect weekend. At least, it should be. As long as everything goes according to plan. Which might not happen.
Last year I read my first Morgan Matson book and I was completely delighted. After just one book, she became one of my auto-buy authors. And I was not disappointed by Save the Date.
While this book was filled with mayhem and mishaps, at its core, this book is about the Grant family. Charlie is the youngest of five siblings, and she’s getting ready to head off to college in the fall. So not only was this a story about a large family, but it was a story about the growing pains of a large family that is changing, and is struggling to adapt to their new dynamics.
The book was influenced by a few 80’s and 90’s movies, Charlie’s mother writes a “For Better or For Worse”-ish comic strip called “Grant Central Station”, and Charlie herself is an extremely nostalgic character, so the entire book felt like a throwback in the best possible way.
There was a romance element to this story, but it was not a main focus of the story. It was really refreshing to read a YA contemporary novel where the protagonist’s journey was not initiated by or centred around some sort of romance.
I absolutely loved Save the Date by Morgan Matson. It was the perfect breezy summer read, and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, delightful romp down Memory Lane.