Save the Date

Save the Date

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Book - 2018 | First edition
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"The cinema-worthy rom-com of your summer reading dreams." -- Bustle

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781481404570
Branch Call Number: MATSON
Characteristics: viii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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BakerStreetIrregular Nov 14, 2018

I really wanted to like this book more than I did, but I didn't find any of the characters from the Grant family likable. The book felt predictable as well, and I could figure out what disaster was going to happen next, which got old rather fast. Towards the end I just skimmed until the last few chapters.

JessicaGma Nov 12, 2018

I wanted to like this much more than I did - as someone else did mention, it was bit For Better or For Worse, and there was TOO MUCH DETAIL. I liked her road trip book but this was soooooooooo freaking slow and not as cutesy as hoped. Pass on this one and pick up the "Epic Detour" one

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 31, 2018

Huh. It had fictional cartoon strip by protagonist's mom that's a cross of Peanuts & For Better for Worse peppered throughout three dimensional novel. Didn't expect author to mine Lynn Johnson's biography & bibliography. So non-stop misadventures & subplots parked the potential romance. Ouch on why family house was sold.

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Moncor
Aug 27, 2018

I read the first half of the book in just two days. It was funny and interesting and got my attention. Halfway through it lost me completely. The story was soooo slow and it felt like it was going nowhere, and all the wedding issues were stressing ME out. I started just skimming through the pages until finally the last quarter of the book picked up somewhat.

samcmar Jul 13, 2018

Whenever I want a fun or heartfelt summer contemporary read, I always seem to find myself graviating back towards Morgan Matson. Her recent novel, Save the Date is such a fun romcom involving a wedding, constant disasters, and how families can come together during stressful situations. I flew through this one, and it made me laugh so hard.

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jun 29, 2018

I feel bad dnf-ing this because I won it courtesy of the Goodreads First Reads program. But the story just isn't grabbing me, and I'm over a hundred pages in. Normally I LOVE stories about weddings and big families, but the family in this novel is an upper-middle-class white family who (at least from what I've gleaned so far) have lead pretty sheltered, humdrum lives. It serves to make them less sympathetic and more of a New England cliché. And they all have really bland personalities, which is the real killer here. They also seem kind of... rude? To add another pancake to the stack of boredom and irritation, everything that has happened at this point in the novel has been too true-to-life; I've just been reading about the various mundane activities of a bunch of characters I don't care about. It's my fault for having such high expectations, but this isn't the madcap, yet heartwarming wedding plot I'd hoped it would be.

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 27, 2018

Save the Date makes you laugh along during all the hilarious drama and sympathise with the characters during the sad parts. I loved the different personalities of the family and all the eventful moments that happened in just a few days. Morgan Matson writes with humour and sincerity in a way that makes you feel like you're listening to a friend and once again, like her previous books, it leaves a glow in your heart.

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darladoodles
May 31, 2018

Save some time this summer for this entertaining tale about a family wedding. We view the festivities from the perspective of Charlie, the youngest sibling. The cover is perfect. It seems like everything that can go wrong, does -- and we have a front row seat as Charlie attempts to pick up the pieces so she can have the perfect family weekend that she has been anticipating. In addition, her mom's comic strip (based on their family) will end with the last strip appearing in papers the morning after the wedding. Never a dull moment in this book.

OPL_AutumnH Mar 16, 2018

I love pretty much everything Morgan Matson writes. This is a lovely addition to her work, which focuses more on family dynamics and less on romance than her other books. The hi-jinks are ridiculous and fun to read about.

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