Save the Date by Morgan Matson: Book Review

Save the Date

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Also, this review is completely spoiler-free, so there is no need to be cautious



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 realise that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.


I have wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for the longest ever time, I remember reading the synopsis to Since You’ve Been Gone years ago and falling in love with it, but never actually getting around to reading it, but when I heard about this book, I knew I had to have it to read it on holiday, and it was p e r f e c t i o n

I loved this book, it is very difficult for a book to make me laugh out loud, but this book did it, several times. I adored every single one of the characters in this book (especially J.J) and the story line was perfect for me. To my surprise, there was very little romance, which i was expecting a lot of, because, what else was this book supposed to be about? And it was marketed as a romance, but there definitely was not a lot of it, which I have no issue with because i think it probably would’ve distracted from the rest of the plot.

And also, I just wanted to mention this: THIS BOOK DID DIVERSITY RIGHT, it was very casually mentioned that Sibohan had two dads, and then we all moved on, that is diversity done right!! The gay couple wasn’t used as a marketing strategy or put in the blurb of the book, it was just there and it was normal!!! That is what diversity is supposed to be like. God bless Morgan Matson.

I loved the family theme of this book, I’ve personally always wished I was a part of a big family with like four siblings and this book made me want that even more (especially because of J.J, I want a brother like that) and I loved the idea of the comic strip and adding them throughout the book, I definitely think that there was room for more of the comic strips through the book.

Now, if there is one thing I didn’t completely get about this book, it is the ‘romance’ which wasn’t actually romance with the wedding planners nephew whose name I have already forgotten even though I literally read this book .64174387124 seconds ago, it just felt unnecessary to put in all the extra bits talking about him and over-analysing him when, at the end of the day, he had zero significance to the main character’s life (but the supermarket bit was so cute so I’m not that mad)


And there we have it! I know this review was short as hell but I honestly don’t have much more to say, my only feelings towards the characters was love and, unlike in fantasy books, there isn’t many major dramas for me to have an opinion on if that makes sense. Soooo, yeah! This book was great, the Grant family owns my heart and I am buying every single thing Morgan Matson has ever written. Have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you plan on reading it? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you in my next post ❤


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Between the pages

21 thoughts on “Save the Date by Morgan Matson: Book Review

  1. I’ve yet to read this book, but I want to sooooo badly! I did read and review Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson…it’s somewhere on my blog xD I also have The Unexpected Everything by her which I want to get to soon aaaah I need my mojo back to get back into reading ❤

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    1. I’ll have to check it out! I’ve wanted to read it for the longest time now, I only have this one book by her so I’ll have to order the rest of them (once I have money lol)

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  2. Sounds like a good book! I love the cute cover 🙂 I also love family-orientated books and films. I have a big family but we’re not particularly close and I don’t have any siblings either so I like reading about it in other things xxx

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    1. I know it’s adorable, I usually don’t like covers with real people on them but for some reason this one doesn’t bother me. I’m the exact same, not as close as I’d like to be with everyone so it was nice to live vicariously though someone who is lol x


    1. It’s a really amazing book I definitely recommend picking it up and the authors actually really well known for these type of books x


  3. Great review! I loved Save the Date, too! I have 3 sisters, so while my family isn’t exactly like Charlie’s I found myself relating so much to her and her family. All of Morgan Matson’s books are so great, and if you’ve loved this one, I definitely recommend reading more of them!!

    Also, I love the little pumpkin you’ve added to your banner! It’s super fun and festive. 🙂

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    1. I honestly would love a family with a ton of siblings, three sisters must be so fun (and maybe annoying) I’m honestly so excited to read the rest of her books, i’m kind of praying for her to release a Christmas romcom…

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      1. Oh yes! For the most part it’s so great having three sisters, but I admit, there’s quite a bit of drama at times…🙈😂 But I wouldn’t have it any other way! ☺️ Ahh Yes! A Christmas book would be perfect!! 😍🎄
        Also, hi Norbert! 👋🏼😂

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  4. Ooh I like the sound of this. That’s so strange that it’s marketed as a romance when it isn’t, but I think I’d actually prefer that – romantic books aren’t usually my favourites. I like the fact it made you laugh out loud, sounds like it would definitely be worth picking up!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety


    1. I thought so, too, I don’t mind romance as long as it’s done right but I adored this book, I definitely reccomend picking it up x


  5. Haven’t read this yet and I don’t think when I will eventually get to it. I’m not really a fan of contemporary. Plus my TBR pile is threatening to crush me anytime. But this is a really good review! Thanks for your insights

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