Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
How I got it: From the library
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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.
I went into Save the Date totally blind, expecting a fluffy and funny romance. Now I got *some* of that, but there was so much more to this book. It was about family and the realization that they’re not perfect. It was about finding oneself and moving forward in life. And it was about not allowing fear of the unknown to keep you from pursuing your path, about not getting complacent in the comfortable.
Save the Date was a great book once I adjusted my expectations a little. I kept expecting to find this fun and swoony romance, but that never fully happened. In the end, I was ok with it. Would I have liked a little more romance? Of course. Am I happy with how Charlie’s story played out? Yes. Full disclosure: this book did start off a little on the slow side. I’m not sure if it was my mood or the book, though. I was also rather intimidated by the big, loud and often chaotic Grant family for awhile. I got past that pretty quickly once I finally figured out who everyone was and I embraced each of their quirks.
I’d say I hit my stride with Save the Date about 1/4 of the way in. I loved Charlie and most of the rest of the Grants. The comic strip part of the storyline was so very well done — and I appreciated the strips in the hardcover a lot. I’m glad I chose to read it this way because I can imagine they might’ve lost some of their impact in an ebook. But, I digress. Charlie and her family, their struggles and successes, made for a fantastic read. The comedy of errors surrounding the wedding made me laugh. The more emotional aspects of the storyline definitely got to me a couple times, so yes, tears were shed. I have to say, the last 1/4(ish) of the book was AMAZING. So many feels. There were also a few swoons along the way, I just wanted more.
Speaking of more — I’d love to see more from the Grant family. I mean, I can totally make up my own stories about where everyone ends up and how all the things play out, but I’m also a totally greedy reader and I want Morgan to tell me.
“It seemed like the second you tried to tell someone why you loved someone else, it took the luster off it, like pinning a butterfly down in a case—it never quite captured it.”
What are some of your favorite YA contemporaries?