June 7, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Blog Tours, Book Reviews | 6 Comments


Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 5, 2018 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover
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4.5 Stars
Source: FFBC Tours

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first heard that Morgan Matson was releasing another book, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Matson is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors, and an author who’s books I’ll buy no matter what.

The first time I read the synopsis, I was even more excited to start reading. The backdrop is a wedding weekend where everything seems to be going wrong – the whole feeling of the story felt like a perfect summer read.

Save the Date takes place over three days, and SO MUCH happens in those three days! Charlie’s older sister is getting married so the whole family is together, their mother’s comic strip is coming to a close, and it’s the last time the family will be together in the house they grew up in before it’s sold. While this already sounds like a busy weekend, imagine when things DON’T go according to plan.

My favorite aspect of Matson’s new release is that it’s centered around family. There’s a small romance in the novel, but the main plot is on the Grant family’s interactions and love for one other.

Our main character Charlie is a high school senior, and the only child still at living at home. She’s excited for the wedding because she gets to see her siblings, spend time together, and catch up. When her siblings are FINALLY all together in the house, Charlie becomes upset because things aren’t going according to plan and surprise visitors arrive unannounced. I related to this so much. It’s hard for things to “go back to normal” once everyone is out of the house. Growing up is weird, you still have close relationships with your siblings, but now you hardly get to see each other and are rarely home at the same time. I felt super nostalgic when Charlie couldn’t wait to sit in the kitchen with all her siblings and talk about everything. This is something my sisters and I do when we’re all home at the same time; we migrate to one of our bedrooms and talk and reminisce for hours.

There were times throughout the book I was annoyed with Charlie because she would act in such an immature and selfish way. The more I thought about it though, the more I understood why she acted a certain way, and no that a lot of people in that situation would handle it in a similar manner.

Overall I thought this was a fantastic book, and did not disappoint! If you love Matson’s previous novels, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one as well.

Favorite Quotes:

“Usually when something you’ve dreamed about your whole life actually happens, it’s a disappointment. The reality never quite lives up to the fantasy, where everything is perfect and you never get hungry and your feet never hurt. But this was everything I had ever imagined it would be, and more.”

“How was it that you only fully realize what you had when it was gone?”

“Because looking at these strips, I was home. This was the very best of us, up on the walls of this gallery. The strip […] was the most familiar sight in the world to me. I was back – back in our kitchen, all of us still at home, in the chaos and laughter and busyness that had always been part of our lives when we were all together.”

Have you read or are planning to read Matson’s newest release?

About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Her third book, Since You've Been Gone, was published in 2014.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can.

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  1. I had an ARC of this, and like you, loved how centered it was on family! I do tend to like a little more romance in my books, but I didn’t mind that much. I loved Charlie’s dynamic with her family and thought it was done excellently. My only slight problem was that the hectic situations seemed a bit too much. Eventually I got anxious just reading about all that was going wrong, haha!

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    • I feel you, I usually enjoy more romance in books, but I think it wouldn’t have worked as well in this one if the romance was more in the forefront. Yes! I also started to feel anxious about what was going to be wrong next!

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