Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Unlike last month, I’m actually early with my book review and surprisingly, knew it had to be this book. I’m writing this pretty early and I’ve only read 2 books, but I knew I had to review Save the Date by Morgan Matson.
Anyways, I’m going to try to keep the same structure as my last review. Hopefully, I can collect my thoughts and make them somewhat presentable. If not, then oh well. All we can do is try, try, try again!
This is my spoiler-free review of Save the Date by Morgan Matson!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster // Released: June 2018
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.
After reading 3 of Morgan Matson’s other books, I was excited to pick up Save the Date. If anything, it cemented her title as the queen of summer contemporaries. The lady knows how to write a good summer-themed contemporary!
Even though I liked Save the Date, I also had some issues with it, too. Personally, I never end up giving Morgan Matson’s books 5 stars and it rings true with Save the Date. Despite that, let’s get into my review. 🙂
What I liked about Save the Date
The focus on family: I picked Save the Date up, thinking it was a romance between Charlie and another character amidst her sister’s wedding. However, the book surprised me with how focused it was on family. Most notably, the book focused on the Grant family and their relationships with a focus on the Grant siblings.
It portrayed their relationship realistically and I felt like I’d had similar things happen in my life. Even though I only have 1 brother and not a large family, it felt authentic.
The wedding plot: Most of the plot centers around Linnie’s wedding and I loved everything about. Maybe I’m just a sucker for weddings, but it had me entertained. Even when something went wrong, I couldn’t stop reading. Even though I’ve never had a wedding, it felt authentic to me.
The character growth: Throughout the novel, we mostly follow Charlie and her accepting the realities of life. Basically, everything isn’t as she believes and it’s a reality a lot of us deal with. Charlie isn’t the only one though as her siblings and parents all change and grows throughout the novel.
The comic strips: In the novel, Charlie’s mother is a comic strip artist who created a strip out of their family. Throughout the novel, we see snippets of the strip and I loved those little additions. I think Matson does a great job of including other elements in her novels. 🙂
The cameos: I loved the cameos featured in this book! Most notably, we saw characters from The Unexpected Everything and also had a character named Siobhan. Obviously named after fellow author, Siobhan Vivian. Every time Siobhan was featured, I couldn’t help but smile.
What I disliked about Save the Date
Jesse: In the synopsis, we learn about Jesse and as a character, I didn’t care for him. I found him to be incredibly immature and annoying. Once again, maybe it’s just me being a little older and having no patience for boys.
The unnecessary drama: Another thing I couldn’t stand was the unnecessary drama being injected into the story. From drama between the siblings, the drama between friends, the family or anyone, it was so annoying. Once again, maybe I’m just getting older but I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. Just ignore it and move on like a grown-up lol.
The length: Personally, I thought this book was incredibly long. Even though I enjoyed it, I wished it was a little bit shorter. Maybe Matson could have cut some plot points or taken some characters out, but I felt like the last quarter was dragging.
Overall, I thought Save the Date was a perfect summer read. While not my favorite Morgan Matson book, I still liked it. Once again, Morgan Matson proves herself the queen of summer contemporaries.
I gave Save the Date 4/5 stars!
Have you read Save the Date? Are you a fan of Morgan Matson?