Save the Date

Save the DateSave the Date. Morgan Matson. Young adult/Contemporary. 2018. 432 pages. 3 stars.

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.


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.


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Unrelated content: I couldn’t stop thinking above the gif above whenever I looked at the cover of this book. I swear, it’s one of the funniest things ever.

I have always been a fan of Morgan Matson, especially with The Unexpected Everything. I was excited picking up this book because it was going to feature a wedding! I love weddings and I wanted to see how this story was going to unfold.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t even appreciate the wedding itself because of everything that happened prior to it. First off, I get anxious easily, so reading chaotic events happening one after another really took the excitement off of the book. Reading is supposed to be a source of joy for me, instead I got a bucket load of nerves and I had to put down the book several times because I could feel myself panicking alongside the characters as well.

Secondly, I personally think this book was too long. For a contemporary that takes place in 2 days, 432 pages was a bit much. A lot of parts were very dragging and felt like fillers. I wouldn’t have minded it if something actually happened, alas, it only gave me more nerves.

I’m not gonna lie and say that I didn’t enjoy reading this book because the first 200 pages were very enjoyable for me. It’s the latter half that I have an issue with. So, it was an okay read. I probably would not recommend this to a friend. I would have more confidence recommending Matson’s other works. 3 stars.

6 Replies to “Save the Date”

  1. I saw so many people talking about this and it’s sitting on my table from the library. I’ve been seeing more negative reviews lately. It seems like this one might not be for me! Nice review!


  2. I know what you mean. I remember reading The Devil Wears Prada and feeling so anxious about what was going on, because the challenges were endless. ‘Real life’ stresses in books are so much more nerve-wracking than any battles or villains that appear in fantasy!

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  3. Very nice review. I had issues with this book as well, just not because of nerves or anxiety. It took about 200 pages for me to really start getting into this book. But in the end I’m glad I read it, though it is probably my least favorite Matson book. I was glad to see the Andie and Clark cameo though.

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  4. love this review! i also thought 400+ pages was crazy long for a book that takes place over such a short time – i kept getting totally lost in the timeline. i really liked the family in this, so i ended up liking this overall, but the chaos got overwhelming for sure and i thought the romantic subplots were so much worse than other morgan matson books 😮

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  5. Awww it sucks that you didn’t enjoy this one! I feel like this book has garnered mixed reviews but I still want to try it! Great review!


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