I am very excited about today’s post as it is the first time I have been part of a reading tour!
Morgan Matson is a New Your 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.
I recently binge read Morgan Matson‘s books and fell in love with her stories and characters. I was super excited to receive the opportunity to read and review her new novel, Save the Date, and be part of Simon & Schuster Australia’s reading tour!
Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: June 14, 2018
Charlotte (Charlie) Grant is the youngest child in the Grant family, the real family behind the comic strip series Grant Central Station and is excited to have all of her older siblings back home for her older sister’s wedding. All Charlie wants is one last perfect weekend with her siblings before they have to leave the family home she grew up in. However, with a rented dog, her favourite brother bringing his secret girlfriend, her life-long crush being back in town, fears about the future of her family and almost everything that could possibly go wrong going terribly wrong, the weekend is shaping up to be a disaster.
Charlie is kind and seems like a normal, happy teenager, though she is slightly obsessed with her family being back together, so much so that almost everything else ceases to exist. The one exception is Jesse Foster – her longtime crush and one-time-make-out-and-almost-no-pants-dance buddy. Charlie spends the wedding weekend stressing over wedding plans, how she can get alone time with Jesse and making sure she has the perfect weekend with her siblings:
- Linnie (or Linnea) is the one getting married – nice but seems to have zero luck when it comes to this wedding;
- Danny (whose full name is Sheridan) is the brother Charlie idolises but is not as perfect as she thinks he is;
- J.J. (which is much better than Jameison Jeffery, but why not shorten it to James or Jamie or something that is not an acronym?) who is the larrikin of the family;
- Mike (a.k.a. Michael) is the angry brother who publicly dissed their mother and is also the friend of Jesse.
When the fruit named wedding planner, Clementine, is found to be embezzling and mixing up event bookings, she is replaced with Will of Where There’s a Will and his nephew Bill. Although we do not see much of Will in the story, Bill is a great event planner and is ready to do whatever is needed to make sure the wedding happens, even decorate a birthday party with Australian marsupials, stalk down a judge and dance in a supermarket to pick up the cake.
A little thing I liked about the story was that the family had chat groups that they communicate with each other even though they are all in the same house just different rooms. They so much like my family – we have a nerd, a socialite, a larrikin and a young one that gets excited when he gets to see the rest of us – but there were certain elements of the book that I predicted solely because of the similarities to my family (I will not go into details because of SPOILERS).
The book was well written and the characters were brilliantly developed, but the plot was only a ‘good’ for me. The main issue I had with the plot was that it seemed like a comedy film where everything goes wrong but in a humorous way so it was not as realistic or believable as I would have liked it to be.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
A fun read with great characters, I just was hoping for something a little more realistic plot-wise.
Have you ever had a disastrous event?
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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for the opportunity to be a part of the reading tour for Save the Date by Morgan Matson! To check out the other posts and giveaways part of the Save the Date reading tour, click this link!
Until next time bibliophiles!