synopsis: 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, distractedly 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.
review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. So far this is my favorite Morgan Matson book. I liked how one of the characters in the book mentions living in Albuquerque. i appreciated it because not many people know about New Mexico and Albuquerque in general. Even though the main character Charlie is a few years younger than me I could relate to her because I have a hard time with change as well. I also liked the inclusion of the fictional comic drawings of “Grant Central Station” that her mom writes. All of the things that happened during the planning of the wedding were funny and outrageous. I found it kind of weird that Charlie mixed up details of her own life with her comic counterpart. It was like she saw her life as better than it actually was because of the comic. I liked all of the characters in the book and having that many siblings sounds hectic and I am glad I only have two siblings. I feel like this book could easily have a sequel or more than one sequel that focuses on Charlie’s siblings or even the mom (spoiler alert) now that the mom is writing a new comic and has divorced from the dad. That announcement in the book was so sudden and unexpected but I guess it was the push that Charlie needed to accept major changes in her life. I liked the ending of the book because it showed character development because Charlie finally accepts change and wants to move forward in her life.