TITLE: Save the Date

AUTHOR: Morgan Matson

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES: 432

PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers


GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

Save the Date by Morgan Matson - The Contented ReaderCharlie 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.


This is a totally different book for Morgan Matson. It’s a change of pace, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

Save the Date follows Charlie and her family as they get ready for her sister’s wedding. Everything seems to go wrong – it’s full of drama, growing up and dealing with change.

The book takes place over the course of one weekend. It’s a really enjoyable change of pace. You can feel the suspense and anticipation for such an important day. While Matson packs A LOT of stuff throughout the course of a three day weekend, it never feels forced.

I really enjoy the characters in this book. Charlie’s relationship with her family is adorable. Their witty banter is impressive and something I really enjoyed. Also, there’s Waffles! He’s just too cute!

Romance is certainly not the main aspect of this book. The elements of romance and the butterflies you get from Matson’s writing are certainly there. But, she chooses to focus more on the love of family. I definitely enjoyed the change of style for this book.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read. It’s charming, uplifting and filled with crazy cheesy moments. I definitely recommend it to contemporary fans and Morgan Matson fans. It’s also a perfect summer read.

If you’re interested in hearing Morgan chat about her book, definitely check out my Q+A with her!

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About The Author

Morgan Matson Author Photo - The Contented ReaderMorgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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