Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Category: Young Adult
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.
Okay so get ready for some flailing because I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I’ve been waiting to review it but kept it off for a while so that the review is constructive and not just blubbering capitals.
This is my most favourite Morgan Matson book till date and it’s now one of my YA contemporary favs. I’ll talk all about everything I loved but first, the plot.
The story is told in Charlie Grant’s point of view. She’s the youngest of 5 kids and she loves her family. Her family, especially her siblings, are everything to her. If they come over, she tends to forget everything else. It’s especially hard to get everyone in one place since all of them are either working or studying in different places.
“You’re doing the thing you always do.”
“No I’m not. What thing?”
“The thing where your siblings come to town and you forget all about everything else.”
So the upcoming wedding of Charlie’s older sister Linnie’s wedding to her long-time boyfriend Rodney, who is already considered as part of the family, is the only event in a long time where all of the siblings will be under one roof (except Mike but that’s a different story).
The book is called Save the Date because Charlie, throughout the book, tries so very hard to keep everything together so that she can have one last hurrah with her family in this house before her parents sell it.
What I loved about the book
- EVERYTHING. Really.
- The book is centered around family and everything, small or big, around the family. I love family-focused books and I extra love books that are completely focused on family.
- The Grants are a big family of 7, living in a big house and having chaotic days when everyone is present.
- I liked that there were small details everywhere, making the book seem more realistic. Like the annoying broken house alarm, jokes and bets between siblings, coffee preferences and mix ups.
- One big thing in the book is that Charlie’s mom is a cartoonist. She has a daily strip in the newspaper on “The Grants”, a fictional family resembling the real Grants. The strips are about daily happening and funny things and are often taken from real-life incidents. It’s really popular. I liked how it brought in it’s own pluses and minuses. I’ve never read a book with this concept before so it was really interesting.
- Because the strip had been running for all of Charlie’s life, she sometimes believed that the strip’s story were actual real life memories. She tended to recall things from the strip and believe that it happened in real, hence making the family more “perfect” like they were in the strip. This was interesting to see.
The memories, I was now realising, had never been mine. They’re never been real, just ink and paper that I’d somehow folded into my real life, a revisionist history that I’d bought without a second thought.
- Honestly, just all the family dynamics, problems and solutions were my favourite. And since it makes up most of the book, the whole book was loved by me.
- There was also a tiny romance part which was adorable af. I won’t elaborate because spoilers.
- Charlie is not perfect. She’s flawed. She’s partial to her family and doesn’t welcome any change that might result in them not having a good time together. She’s also really attached to her town. So she decides to go to the nearby University so that she has something familiar around her once the house is sold. Basically, she doesn’t like change. It was brought out well.
I loved all of it. I give it 100 stars but since we’re following the scale of 1 to 5, I’m having to settle with 5.
I recommend it to everyone who likes YA, but more so to those who like seeing family dynamics and having that as the focus.