Review: Save The Date, Morgan Matson

There are no spoilers in this review.

Morgan Matson has been for years now, one of the authors I automatically recommend when someone needs and / or wants to read YA contemporaries. In the genre (and not just there), she is certainly one of my favorite authors, so I was eagerly waiting to read her latest release, Save The Date and… as always, it did not disappoint.

A BEAUTIFUL, FAMILY-FOCUSED STORY

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“It was that feeling like when the lights come up after a movie—how it takes a minute to let go of the world you’d been immersed in.”

Save The Date takes place in the span of three days, as Charlie prepares for her older sister’s wedding in the family house. Obviously, nothing will turn out as planned and, when you think it can’t get any messier, it can.

Unlike Morgan Matson’s previous YA contemporary, The Unexpected Everything, that focused a little more on romance, Save The Date really is family focused. Honestly, it feels like a breath of fresh air when family is so often disregarded, to see it so predominant and loving here. Family is what makes the world go round for Charlie and we can feel how important these links are to her in the story, which is something I loved and could easily relate to, as well, even if I don’t have a big family like that, at all.

Being so family-focused, Save The Date still manages to have a place for a slow-growing romance. The romance is not predominant at all and we barely get to see it, but the glimpses and promises of a future romance to develop after the book ends made me, well, giddy, because they were adorable.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL, REALISTIC CHARACTERS

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 “So maybe I wasn’t just the youngest, the one who didn’t get told things. I was also the one who came to help, who tried to make things work, who they called when they were in trouble.”

One of Morgan Matson’s strongest suits definitely lies in her characters. She always manages to create amazing, three-dimensional characters that feel realistic and almost friendly, just like if you know them in real life, too. I really enjoyed Charlie’s voice, her stubbornness, her confusion about what to do next, her drive to make things right and to keep her family and the wedding together as all hell broke loose in the story.
Each member of the family and side-character were equally interesting and a lot of fun, each with their own personalities and little quirks. I have to admit that I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of them at first, though.

ABOUT GROWING UP AND MOVING ON

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“Because, it would have been cheating, in a way. You don’t get to freeze the picture when you want it. It would have been living in the past and eventually, you just start doing the same jokes over and over again.”

This book falls on the bigger side of contemporaries, with over 400 pages, yet there wasn’t a moment where it felt long, or when I was bored. With all the drama happening, I was entertained from page one and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
More than a fun book, Save The Date also tackles interesting topics and makes us think about change, moving on, but also as seeing people for who they really are, and not that made-up fantasy you had of them when you were little. It’s about growing up overall and I found out that there was such an interesting development through the story, even if some issues were resolved a bit too quickly.

OVERALL

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If you’re looking for a fun, family-focused contemporary I would definitely recommend that one. With great characters and great character development as well, this should be on your summer TBR, or on any TBR if you’re a contemporary fan!

I buddy-read this book with the lovely Kat @ Life & Other Disasters, check out her review right here!

Final rating:  4,5 drops!

 


Morgan Matson, Save The Date,  Published by Simon & Schuster Books for young readers, June, 5th 2018.

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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.

Did you read Save The Date? Do you want to?

Are you a fan of Morgan Matson’s books, or did you ever read them? Who’s your favorite YA contemporary writer? Let me know in comments!

Totally unrelated to this review, but: as I mentioned in my monthly wrap-up, I am going on holidays and therefore taking a blogging break. I’m leaving on Sunday and will make myself take a little break from blogging while I explore Scotland and everything else. You can find me over on twitter and instagram where I will share my adventures and pictures! See you in a week! Have a wonderful week everyone!!  xxx

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59 thoughts on “Review: Save The Date, Morgan Matson

    1. Ohhhh I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you’ll love the book as much as I did and will read ALL of Morgan Matson’s books next. I love her haha 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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  1. Such a great review, Marie! I agree on all accounts and I am just so happy to Morgan Matson keeps being as great of an author and storyteller as she once again proves she is. While I like some books more than others, I just never get tired of her characters. Fingers crossed she already has a new one planned haha

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  2. MARIE. This is an amazing review, and made me SO excited to read Save the Date!💓I was already looking forward to it, but now that I know it’s family-centric, and has such likeable characters, I’m even more excited. Also, I hope you have an amazing time on your trip to Scotland! 🙂

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  3. Great review for this book Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Morgan Matson is one of my favourite contemporary authors, and one I automatically recommend as well, and Save the Date is probably my second favourite by her (joint first is Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour of course!)
    I love the focus on family in this book, and the fact that the romance was more a potential romance that could grow into something in the future rather than becoming something in the middle of her sister’s wedding catastrophe you know? It struck me as kind of refreshing in the YA market where every book seems to have a romance now. Plus you know how much I love well written family relationships in books! 😀
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Oh thank you so, SO much Beth! ❤ I'm so happy you feel the same way about Morgan Matson's books than I do, she is an incredible author ❤
      I'm so glad you loved this story just as well – I really liked that it focused on the family, too, I appreciated the romance but I was glad that it was so light and that we know it will develop later on… maybe in a sequel 😅 That would be SO cool 😛 ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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      1. That’s all right! 🙂 ❤ Oh definitely, I don't know what she's releasing next but I know it's going to be amazing.
        Yeah I think it's rare we have books that focus a lot on the family but little on the romance, like I said it made for a unique read, and oh a sequel would be brilliant! 😀
        That's all right 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ohh thank you so much! I can’t wait for you to read that one, I hope you’ll love it. If you have the chance to read any other Morgan Matson book, I’d be happy too though, I LOVE everything she writes SO much ❤
      Thank you so much!! ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh I really hope so, I can’t wait to hear what you think of that one! Morgan Matson is a must-read for me, I love everything she goes so much. I hope you’ll love it 😀
      Thank you so much for stopping by! ❤

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  4. I’m definitely sad that this one only has a bit of romance in it! I love Morgan’s romances. T_T Buuuut I am super happy that it’s slow burn!!! ♥ I also can’t wait to read about all the unique members of the Grant family. So happy you loved this! And (as always), fantastic review!!!

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    1. I can’t wait for you to read it. I get what you mean, I love Morgan Matson’s romances as well, but it was good to have a book focusing on family for once, that too rarely happens 🙂
      Thank you so, so much Aimee! ❤ ❤

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  5. I feel really bad, because I’ve enjoyed MOrgan Matson’s books in the past–I think I’ve read all of them, except the ones she wrote under another name–but something about this one just really rubbed me up the wrong way. I think it was that Charlie couldn’t see her own privilege and all the things that went qrong got almost predictable, almost farcial. I did like the dynamic of having older siblings though–I feel like youngersiblings are more common in books somehow?

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    1. OH I’m sorry you didn’t love that one as much as I did :/ I understand your point though, Charlie was a little bit bothering at times, I have to admit it haha. I really loved the sibling and family dynamics in htat one though ❤ AND YES, we so often get younger siblings, it's good to see older, working, out of the house and everything siblings, for once 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Shanti! ❤

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  6. I sound like a total Parrot cause I keep repeating this statement, but I LOVE it when a book has such a strong emphasis on family. I adore Morgan Matson’s characterisations. Like you said, her characters always layered and so easy to relate to, their voices just sound so genuine. I really can’t wait for the day I break this slump and just binge read this book. 😀

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    1. Feel free to sound like a parrot, I don’t MIND at ALL haha, I LOVE strong emphasis on family just as well, these kind of books make me SO happy. I hope you’ll be able to read that one soon and that you will love it as much as I did ❤ ❤ Thank you!! ❤

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  7. The book actually has some of the comic strips the mum is drawing??
    I’m listening to this book on audio, but now i really feel like i’m missing out on half the fun! 😦
    Awesome review!

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  8. Ahh I won a copy of this and I’m SO excited!! I really liked The Unexpected Everything (books about writers just work so well for me though haha😂) And I was a bit dubious of this one because I sooo don’t like weddings.😂But hearing it is really focused on family and general wildness makes me definitely want to read it. 😍I love how she writes contemporaries that are meaningful but also hilarious?! SO good.

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    1. AHHH I hope you’ll get to read it soon and that you will love it, Cait, it was SUCH a great and fun book to read 🙂 ❤ Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  9. Sounds interesting! I haven’t read anything by Morgan Matson, but this sounds like something I’d be really interested in. CONFESSION TIME: Haven’t read a single YA Contemporary: EVER!!!! I would love to start, but I just don’t have anywhere to start and I’ve been pushing it off. 🙂

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    1. OH you HAVE to read Morgan Matson’s books if you are interested in YA contemporary, she is one of the best authors in that genre ❤ I would have so many recommendations in that genre haha, I'll Give You The Sun, Sarah Ockler's books, Alice Oseman's books as well, John Green is a favorite of mine too, the Lara Jean series, I'll Meet You There…. 😀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤ ❤

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  10. Morgan Matson is also an author I always recommend! Save the Date wasn’t my favorite, but it was really heartwarming. There was so much happening in the span of three days that I was starting to get pretty overwhelmed! I also thought it was a breath of fresh air to have the focus be on the family instead of the romance. Great review, Marie! ❤

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  11. I have to admit I have never read any Morgan Matson book. But now that I know that she is one of your favorite authors I have to read her 😀 This book is on my TBR too and since you loved it so much I am sure I am gonna love it too 🙂 Wonderful review.

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    1. AHHH SIM YOU HAVE TO READ SOME OF HER BOOKS! I’m sure you would love her, she writes such great contemporaries ❤ I can't wait to hear what you think of her books,you'll have to let me know when you get a chance to read one of them 🙂
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  12. Hello Marie ❤
    Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one! I love it when books focus on family relationships rather than just on romantic relationships. This book is on my TBR and I look forward to reading it 🙂 Great review ❤

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  13. Lovely review, Marie ❤️

    I’m such a sucker for contemporary novels, but I have never ever read a Morgan Matson book! This sounds really good and right up my alley. It’s so refreshing to see a contemporary novel that is focused on family, also I love that you mention that the characters are three dimensional – it alway help when you are trying to connect with a character!

    Definitely adding this to my summer TBR!

    P.S. I’m loving your photos on Twitter and Instagram and I hope you’re having the best time!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Michelle! YOU HAVE to read one of Morgan Matson’s books someday, knowing your bookish taste and love for contemporaries, I’m almost certain you would love her stories 🙂

      Aww thank you so much, I had the best time, even if it was too short haha 🙂 ❤

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so, so, so much for your sweet words, this means the world – I always feel like I am rambling or that my reviews aren’t that coherent so that means SO much ❤ ❤
      I hope you'll give this book a try and that you'll enjoy it 😀
      And thank you – I had the best time 😀

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