Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Received: Purchased
Division 3&4
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
4.5 out of 5 stars

The Blurb:
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.

The Nitty-Gritty:
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.

The Verdict:
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.

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2 thoughts on “Save the Date by Morgan Matson

  1. Shoto

    I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this one so I’m glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like a quick fun summer read so I’m excited to read it soon 🙂

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    1. I think with these kinds of books it’s important to go in with appropriate expectations. It’s like when people complain that there’s too much singing in a musical. This book accomplished its goal very well. It’s not a change-the-world kind of book – but that’s not what the author was going for.

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