Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blog Tour: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Simon & Schuster

Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster - who she’s loved since she was twelve - and generally flying under the radar as much as she can. But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that's all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling: - a rented dog that just won't stop howling - an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew - her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend - fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart - and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life… Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there's so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she's been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
Review by Nara

Save the Date focuses on protagonist Charlie Grant, who is part of a family with five children, and about to head off to college. Her sister Linnie is about to get married, and she wants to do it in the family home- which is about to be sold off. Basically the entire novel is a massive scramble for everyone to put together the pieces of the wedding ceremony and unsurprisingly, little goes the way they want.

Unlike the rest of Morgan Matson's novels, there is actually surprisingly very little focus on romance in the book. It's so minor that I wouldn't even deem it a subplot. And I felt that this was actually a good thing, because the story wasn't about the romance- it was much more about Charlie and her family, and trying to put together what seemed very much like a nightmare of a wedding. On the other hand, I do feel that if Matson had wanted to put more focus on the romance, that would have been fine as well (because her romances are pretty damn well writen).

Save the Date was overall a very fun book that at its core had messages about the importance of family. Definitely recommended to fans of contemporary novels.

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Really liked it
Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/5