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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.
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Fall in love with the new swoon-worthy read from the author of Since You’ve Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything.
I loved it. I loved the chaos and the quiet moments in between. Everything that could possibly go wrong during a wedding just seems to happen and while that made everything chaotic, I loved seeing the Grant family interact with one another in an attempt to fix things. There was so much that happened and considering it’s a contemporary that may seem a bit much but I think it was done so perfectly and I enjoyed it immensely!
I also love the idea of her mother being a comic strip artist! Not something seen typically in books and I thought it was wonderful. It almost kind of adds to the characters as well.
I adored how between the light-hearted tone of this book, there are still some really emotional moments. This felt like such a perfect contemporary. A real slice of life.
The writing was flowy and read this book so quickly! Save the Date was just so touching and I finished it with a smile on my face.
I absolutely adored the focus on family in this book. I said it once and I’ll say it again. We need more family dynamics in YA. I loved the Grant family! They weren’t perfect and sure they fought, but I loved how they were there for each other. They were hilarious and a mess but it was so heartwarming seeing them as a unit.
Such a good book about accepting change and finding yourself. There is so much growth in Charlie’s character and I loved it 🙂
While most contemporary YA books tend to revolve around romance, Save the Date wasn’t. It was definitely more focused on family, although there is some romance! Very little though, and even then it was only the beginning of a relationship + they were great friends! This books also focuses on infatuation and the growth that happens when you realise this.
One of the best contemporaries I’ve read in a while. A story that has a strong family dynamic and is just so heart warming and enjoyable.
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 recognised 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.
Massive thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of Save The Date and Aus YA Bloggers for letting me be a part of the tour + organising!
A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.
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Have you read Save The Date? What about Morgan Matson’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?
Until next time,