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Review: SAVE THE DATE // family dynamics, fast-paced drama ft. a binge read

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Title: Save The Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Page count: 417
Date published: 5 June 2018
Genre: Young Adult contemporary

Thanks a million to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending this book my way!

Rating: (4.5 out of 5 stars)
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS
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 favourite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbour 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.


DID I JUST CONSUME THIS BOOK IN 3 DAYS? Why yes I did. COULD I JUST NOT PUT THIS DOWN? Why yes I did.

This book!! This book man!! It was like I was watching a movie, like a classic rom-com. It’s just great.
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  • I loved all the Grants
  • I loved the chaos and drama and how addictive it was
  • The problems were obviously a bit unrealistic but I thought they were so funny and of course would not want that to happen on my wedding day
  • I like how it wasn’t about based on romance like some of Morgan’s other books even though there was romance
  • The dialogue is  great
  • I love how easy Morgan’s books are to read, I can just fly through them
  • I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK
  • It’s so addicting and I couldn’t put it down

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  • Grant parents: They don’t really play a huge role, I liked them and I really loved the comic strip. But the two don’t really play a key role.
  • Jesse: I hate you, can you go away??
  • Brooke: At first, I didn’t like her, but by the end she was okay.
  • J.J: I loved him so much. I loved how funny he was and he’s just great.
  • Rodney: I also really liked Rodney. He was a really enjoyable character and I loved how he really was just part of the family.
  • Bill: he was so sweet and I really loved his relationship with Charlie and how they became friends
  • Linnie: she’s such an awesome big sister and I really loved her character.
  • Mike: at first I was SO MAD at him most of the book but he kinda redeemed himself by the end. I still don’t agree with what he did but I can also understand it.
  • Danny: he’s also just a great older sibling. I loved his relationship with Charlie but that did lessen a little by the end. But he’s awesome and I really loved him.
  • Charlie: I loved Charlie. She’s probably my favourite. I didn’t agree with a few of her decisions but I liked her as the narrator.

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Oh, man was this book jam-packed.

First, I loved how the whole plot was structured and how all the chaos went down. It’s literally just disaster after disaster and I LOVED IT. It felt like something that would happen in a movie. The chapter names were again different and I loved that
I loved the family dynamics. I loved how they were all close. I also love the aspect of the comic and how that came as a good and also bad thing. I loved how the siblings cared so much for each other, but then also with Mike how they don’t always get along.
This book wasn’t focused on the romance. It was there but the main focus was the family which I LOVED. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed if it was. I totally did not like how Charlie was so into Jesse because it didn’t make logical sense. He was taking advantage of her and I was so mad that she didn’t notice. I’m glad she did and that her feelings quickly faded but ARGHHH SO MAD.
Everything was just a such a disaster omgggg. The power! The band! The cake! The talk-show ahhh was so funny. Literally on live television.
I love how this book also is just about how you need to learn to change because it doesn’t all stay the same. I love how Charlie learnt to grow out of her comfort zone and do stuff on her own. And oh my gosh the newspaper and that horrible neighbour who literally just complains because he has nothing else to do. The poor policeman!! I just love all the chaos. It truly feels like something that would happen in a movie

I just loved it all and how everything worked out in the end. It wrapped up really nicely and now I’m super hyped to move onto The Unexpected Everything.


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