SAVE THE DATE
Written by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon and Schuster, June 5, 2018
My star rating: 3.75 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
It’s rare for me to anticipate a contemporary. I’m not the biggest fan of the genre. But when it comes to Morgan Matson, there’s something that I have to love! They scream light hearted summer read, and this was no exception!
When it comes to chaotic weddings, it’s almost an automatic read. My wedding day was the definition of chaos. Before we got to the venue and took a single picture, I got black grease stains on my dress from the door of a car. Then we went to take pictures on a golf course and it POURED. We got stuck in a shack that had 5 bee hives and hornets nests…. of course 3 people there were allergic! Then, we were supposed to get married outside but the storm looped back so we had to get married in the reception area. My entrance was through the kitchen doors lol. But, 5 minutes before it was about to start, the storm kicked off the power and set off the fire alarm! Good thing my music was an acoustic guitar! After it was all said and done, everything went well and we ended up with a huge and bright rainbow. It’s a story I tell often.
So when this book came out I knew that I had to read it! The wedding chaos and the “if it can go wrong, it will” scenarios were something that I related to. Some of the things that happened were funny, others were so outlandish, but it was a really good depiction of a crazy wedding day. Emotions are heightened, there’s so much to do, people to take care of – it may seem overdramatic, but if you’ve been married before, you know that’s pretty much how things go!
I expected the book to mainly be about the wedding, but there were also different elements. The mother in the family is the author of a very famous comic strip that depicts the family. The comic was coming to an end so it meant interviews and an emotional time for everyone. There were also different relationships that became a main focus. Problems between siblings, between children and parents, the parents, and extended family. This was a very welcome surprise! It was all so layered and different for each situation. I don’t have any siblings so it was a really eye opening experience to see how they got along or didn’t get along. I will say that my expectations got in the way of this. Like I said, I expected this to be more of a story about a wedding and it was more focused on family and relationships. It’s not a problem in any way. I actually ended up enjoying the depths of the relationships more in the end. But when you go into something expecting one thing and then something else happens, it takes a little while for you to catch up. All of these relationships were so wonderful though! There were some pretty tough things to deal with and it was beautiful seeing how they all dealt with it and came together.
The pacing was a problem for me though. It seemed to be very stop and go with little in between. It felt like some of the chapters were repeating themselves, just with different people and different situations. Then the next few chapters were so fast that I had to slow down or reread elements!
I really loved this book, pacing aside. I went into it expecting to love it for the wedding chaos, but I ended up falling for this family and their relationships. They had their ups and downs, but they always found a way to work through it all. It was really beautiful!
Until next time, happy reading!