Save the Date – Published 2018
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
The Grant family dynamic is awesome. They’re a mess, but I loved them. All of them. Parents especially. The book, even though it’s centered around a wedding, really isn’t about anything. It’s mostly just subplots and one weekend of complete chaos. It’s sort of like an extended episode of Seinfeld that happens to be about a wedding. But I liked that about it.
The Grant mom has created a comic strip that has become very famous during the Grant childrens’ lives, but it is coming to an end the day after the family wedding weekend. Woven throughout the chapters are actual comic strips, which are awesome. The Grant dad also has a feud with a neighbor about whose garden is better, and their neighborhood newspaper delivery girl is even in on the family drama. I loved all of it.
I love the there’s a hint of romance in this book, but it doesn’t even matter. It’s so irrelevant, which I appreciate. If Charlie were to have been completely absorbed in a romance during the entirety of her big sister’s wedding I would have been annoyed.
The ending (spoiler) wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies.
There are some seriously funny moments. For example, the Journey tribute band really got me.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
It’s over 400 pages and it takes place in a single weekend. It’s too much. It was a little boring and slow at points.
One of Charlie’s potential love interests, Bill, is the most boring character ever. I mean, his name is Bill in a contemporary YA novel.
Of all of the ridiculous things that could go wrong during the wedding weekend, Matson spent a lot of time setting us up for a disaster with the wedding dress, but it never came. I mean, I am glad, because I was stressed waiting for whatever was to come, but it just never came. She described in detail Charlie taking the dress out of the garment bag, finding a place to lay it where it wouldn’t get messed up, deliberately closing the door, immediately brings up animals in the house, and then nothing.happens.with.the.dress.
Overall, it was a cute book, had some funny moments, and had really endearing characters. I’d recommend it to others.