SAVE THE DATE | Morgan Matson
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Signed edition (June 5, 2018)
“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…more”
Morgan Matson has done it again. I can always count on her to give me that lovely summer contemporary that will make me smile, laugh, and feel all kinds of emotions. The best way to describe this book is this: the book form of a cliché but still wonderfully cheesy rom-com that you can’t help but love. It’s addictive, humorous, romantic, totally predictable, and chock-full of heart.
Just as the synopsis (and cover) promised, anything that can go wrong while planning a wedding does go wrong in this book. It’s pure chaos. And I love it. Issue after issue arises mercilessly as Charlie and her family do their best to try to make this wedding work despite having the world out to get them.
The family dynamic is the best part about this book. While not perfect in the least, the Grants have a fantastic family unit that is laden with love and laughter. Even so, Matson proves to us that this family, like many other families, is not in the least bit perfect and has much room to grow and change for the better over time.
While Matson gifts us with the standard cliché romances, crushes, and wedding antics of a proper rom-com, she also takes the time to delve into realistic issues having to deal with idolization, naïveté, and the involuntary but frequent use of rose-colored glasses when dealing with loved ones.
Charlie’s view of her family is often challenged, and Matson makes it known that Charlie is a character in much need of having her world shaken so that she may see it clearer. Amidst the hilarious situations, big personalities, and blooming romances, there is a genuine theme of maturation and acceptance.
There are many things I love about this book; however, I will admit that it can easily be swapped out with literally any rom-com film. It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. Also, the two love interests are really quite forgettable, though this is mostly forgivable as Matson’s main focus is on family dynamics and individual perception of your surrounding environment. Finally, it has to be said that besides the family element, nothing in this book is in the slightest bit believable. But that’s the point.
So all in all, I loved this book. It was fun to read a rom-com for once, and underneath all the chaos and ridiculousness there are some lessons to be gleaned from this cute contemporary.