Friday, June 15, 2018

Blog Tour Review: Save The Date by Morgan Matson

Save the DateTitle:  Save The Date 
Author:  Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publishing Date:  June 5th, 2018
Pages: 432
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  Hardcover

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 have only read one other book by Morgan Matson... and honestly, I am not sure why only one. I loved it. I have been wanting to read more but I have not gotten around to it. Well, good ol' Ash signed me up for this tour because she knew I was dying to read this book. Which I really was, so I was happy she did this deed. This book was so so so so good. I loved it from page one to page done. It was funny, cute, emotional, crazy, and so much more. It was a blast to read it and I know now I will for sure read the rest of the books from this author. 

Charlie Grant comes from one big crazy family. Five kids and she is the youngest. She is not graduated and ready to move on with her life... except she doesn't quite know how to commit to moving. Her older sister does know how to commit and she is having a wedding... in the backyard at her childhood house, which her parents are selling. 

Charlie is so excited to have all her siblings back together again. This will be exciting and should be perfect... well expect she has a brother who will not speak to their mother, another brother who brought a surprise wedding guest, an ex-hookup lurking around, and a cute wedding planner assistant that is trying to keep this wedding from crashing. 

So safe to say that everything that can go wrong does go wrong including family drama that Charlie was not expecting nor wanting and now nothing seems to be perfect or even doable. 

So this book was just amazing. I am not a big reader of contemporary romance but I felt this was a bit more chick-lit than romance. Romance is in the air for sure but it's not the center or the focus of the book. That would be Charlie and her family, friends, future decisions. Charlie has so much going on and this is the story how she navigated through the few days of ultimate craziness. She has to learn to live, love, forgive, say goodbye, look forward, and basically carry on. 

I loved Charlie... actually I loved all the characters but Charlie was by far the star and she was just so fun to watch as she figures out how to save the wedding that seems to be falling apart at every seam. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. What I loved about Charlie... she had a lot going on in her head and the only thing she really wanted to do was fix the wedding because she wanted her sister to have the perfect day.  Charlie thought the world of family, very strong family morals. 

Charlie was the star but there were so many characters that were fun and adorable in this book. It would take a while to talk about each and every one but just know that each one had a very strong individual voice and together they made the perfect cast. There was only one I wasn't particularly keen on... he was sort of jerk disguised in coolness and sugar. But he was an important part of the story and even though he was a jerk, he wasn't a jerk... so I even liked him. I shall not name him since there were two main boys in Charlie's lives...but one of the boys...not the best for Charlie...the other one though... Sweet and adorkable and pretty smart and resourceful. Loved him.  

There are two boys... but not a love triangle. Really not love at all just a lot of like. So don't let the two boy thing scare you away. Also, like I said earlier, light on the romance heave on the family and friends. 

This book dealt with some deeper issues... not too deep but there were some issues like family problems, boy trouble, friend fights, and learning to fly away. So nothing too tough but still there was depth to this book. The issues were dealt with well and even though there were some emotional times, the book was light and fun for the most part. So funny. Many times I was laughing out loud. So so funny.  

I would seriously recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Its a great read for those that haven't really reached out to contemporary or those that love contemporary. It's a book for everyone. Seriously go and read it... I think you will love it! 


Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through 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 received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.

Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.

Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, was published May 3rd, 2016.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.


  1. I am glad to hear that you loved this one! I read The Unexpected Everything a few years ago and I remember loving it, though I wasn't the biggest fan of Since You've Been Gone. I'll definitely have to give this one a shot.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. I'm looking forward to this one! I'm glad it's more focused on family and friends than romance.


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