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Save the Date

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,786 Ratings  ·  1,248 Reviews
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 abou ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Monika It's totally okay to read the book as a standalone but if you read Morgan's books in the order they came out you can spot some cameos in her books!
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Morgan Matson didn’t write a book… She wrote a movie.

Truly, this content belongs on a huge Hollywood screen. I can easily picture myself laughing out loud at this wedding fiasco… at the movie theatre.

It’s definitely unrealistic. The thing is, I don’t at all mind producers stretching reality thin, but when authors do that in my contemporary reads, I get annoyed.

Fortunately, it is not all unrealistic. The characters very much feel real and the family drama entertained me. But although it’s a humor
Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
Charlie Grant is finally going to have her entire family under one roof. Her 4 siblings Danny, JJ, Mike, and Linnie are going to spend the weekend in the Grant home for one last time before her parents sell the house. Linnie’s long time dream of getting married in the Grant home is finally coming true but it’s not going to be easy and everything seems to have a way of going wrong. From power outages, to not having a suit, and that crazy alarm that won’t stop going off, they have more than enough ...more
Ashley Nuckles
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute! I loved the family and all the funniness! Can’t wait to read more of Morgan Matson‘s books!
This wasn't even slightly what I expected/have long wanted from this book.........but I think I liked it????

Like. I think I liked it a lot????


review to come!!


I bought a signed first edition of this book (good). But my copy had three stickers on the dust jacket (bad). Not a single one of those stickers came off easily and NOW THERE ARE TRACES OF STICKER GOOP PRESENT.


If the rest of this reading experience isn't a massive
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Will read/buy anything she writes
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this SO much and I am very emotional. I think it might’ve knocked Amy & Roger from my #2 spot of favorite MM books.

I won’t really talk in depth about much to spare anyone the waiting but I LOVED the characters, the big family, and all the hijinks.


Will probably reread and do a video review closer to when the book releases in June.
may ❀

i adore weddings, like its such a fun time for celebration ft. mountains of food and a free space where no one will judge you for stuffing your face

honestly, does it get better??

so going into this book, i was highkey ready for that 5 star rating and well, i didn't dislike it, but it didn't shake my world either

- fun, lighthearted, family-oriented plot
- ft. //that// brother that always has the lame jokes that everyone rolls their eyes at but secretly loves
- disasters
Clau R.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh. This was so FUNNY and CUTE. My first Morgan Matson’s book :).
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it

It was that feeling like when the lights come up after a movie—how it takes a minute to let go of the world you’d been immersed in.

I've been patiently waiting for this newest Matson's book, back when its release date had been set for the same day as Sarah Dessen's Once and For All, both surrounding the wedding season, though, the latter is more on planning than attending one. Save the Date still holds the same hectic atmosphere since the main event - the wedding - is taking place at the Grant'
Heather 'Bookables'
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary

It was all about a wedding which is my jam so I loved reading behind the scenes of one. I also enjoyed how it mostly centered around the Grant family & the complexity of the relationships between them all.
🍰 🐶
I’m not going to lie, this book annoyed me at times. Mostly the situations in it really. Almost every situation if something could go wrong, it did...big time. It often reminded me of some movies where crazy situations keep happening which give me such bad anxiety honestly. 🍰
Cait • A Page with a View
Oh my goodness, this was every sort of lighthearted, introspective, heartwarming, and relatable fun I was hoping for in a new Morgan Matson book. She and Maurene Goo both have this amazing ability to write the most realistic, lovable characters who feel like complex people you could totally know.

Charlie is an upper-middle class teen facing the typical college decisions and dealing with saying goodbye on several levels to the life & world she's always known. She has 4 older siblings (so a go
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
"How was it that you only fully realized what you had when it was gone? And I knew there would be new friends, new experiences, maybe even amazing adventures ahead of me. But I felt like I needed, for just a moment, to appreciate what I was - what we all were - leaving behind."

Save the Date was such an enjoyable, comfy read. The Grant family was the kind of family we'd all want to be a part of. They were funny, imperfect, loving and so real. It felt like I was in their house the entire time
Mary H
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Save the Date is absolutely wonderful. it's funny and touching and just... wonderful. I love the focus on thr Grant family, and it was really cool to see the dynamic among the family as a whole unit as well as in smaller groupings. And all the wedding hijinks are amazing. Full review to come!

I can't make this stupid gif load correctly, but to quote Tom Haverford: "This is America. I want it now!"
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 4.5/5

One of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and it was completely worth the wait ☺
This would make an AMAZING movie!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
thank you so much to simon & schuster for sending me a full copy in exchange for an honest review


I have been anticipating Save The Date by Morgan Matson for some time now. I absolutely love Morgan Matson’s books and the ultimate feel-good vibe they give me. Save The Date was not what I was expecting. It shocked me so much at what an overwhelming feel-good read this was (yes, this is the third review in a row where I’ve said this). The characters all trul
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars!!

'Save the Date' has been my second book by Morgan Matson, and just like her previous book it was amazing. Her books are never disappointing and this book was everything I needed at the moment. It can easily be said on my part how amazing it'll be if it were to adapted into a film.

About the book: Matson's latest novel follows the Grant family during the weekend of their oldest daughter, Linnie's wedding. Our main character, Charlie Grant (the youngest of the 5 siblings), is thrilled
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
honestly i will probably like anything morgan matson writes.

this book is so stressful tbh. as the summary suggests, lots of things go awry before/during/after this wedding and it constantly put me on edge. but there's such beauty in the family dynamic, in the gradual way charlie learns to transition into a new stage of her life, and in the coming-of-age/stepping-into-adulthood activity of recognizing that an idealization is not truth.
Sophie Marsden
Oh hi, new Morgan Matson book. I had no idea you existed. WHY DID I HAVE NO IDEA YOU EXISTED.
Okay guys I am FREAKING OUT about this now. Sadly it's not 2017, but early 2018 is better than late 2018!! This sounds so adorable, I love weddings and chaos. I'm super surprised that it's only 288 pages though, like whaaattt? I love long contemporaries, but I'm sure this'll still be amazing. I CAN'T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT OVER THE COVER REVEAL. This is gonna be one heck of a cover, folks.
I'm gonna g
Jun 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Never read a Morgan Matson book before but Wing-yee thinks I’ll like this so why tf not 😄
Helene Jeppesen
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars.
Out of all of Morgan Matson’s books, this one was my least favourite. To me, “Save the Date” reads like a comedy in which everything goes wrong all the time, to the point that it’s not even realistic anymore. Charlie is our protagonist, and she’s trying to balance everything during one weekend in which her sister is getting married. Charlie wants for everything to go perfectly; needless to say, things go awry pretty quickly, and the plot turns into a predictable series of unfortunat
Jenna Major
Another great coming of age story by Morgan Matson

Not as well-developed as the Unexpected Everything (my review) or as soul-searching as Since You've Been Gone (my review) BUT nevertheless a fun and relatable story, full of jokes, family imbalance, growing up and romantic interests.

What is it about?
Charlie Grant has been looking forward to her sister Linnie's wedding for a very long time. Her best memories are those with her older siblings, but since they've all moved out, it's hard to find al
Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Pretty sure I love Morgan Matson's books more and more each time. This book was everything I expected and so much more. I have a big family (not that many siblings but lots of cousins) so loved the family dynamic here. I never wanted this book to end, and now that I'm done, I'm seriously considering rereading it right now. This book just confirmed Morgan Matson as my favourite contemporary author.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I wanted this book as soon as I saw the cover. Naturally that meant I was denied an ARC and had to wait for the library to listen to another of my “please sir, may I have some more” requests for it to be purchased. I went into Save the Date hoping for something reminiscent of this . . . .

Without so much of this . . . .

But with some of this . . . .

And that’s pretty much what I got so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

This is the story of the
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. So many amazing books being released this summer and this made the perfect light, fun read. I went into it expecting somewhat of a romance, because the other MM books I’ve read have had that touch of romance, but it turns out this book is focused much more on family. And I truly loved the way SAVE THE DATE turned the Grant family inside out, exposing all their scars, as they prepare for the wedding of the oldest daughter.

Youngest daughter Charlie is the narrator,
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars?

I had only heard gushing reviews of how great this book was, so I was pretty excited for it when I finally got around to it. Sadly, I was bored.

I guess Charlie was an okay MC. The family was huge and because there were so many people to keep track of, no one felt fleshed out. And I legit couldn’t keep track of the brothers.

Plot wise it was bland. I mean, there are so many things happening that it was a bit too convoluted. Several of the plot lines seemed unnecessary and there for no
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
This book was so cute! I mean, to be expected just from the author, but it was absolutely adorable! And weddings!

This was a beautiful contemporary, but it was't a romance novel (I too was surprised by this). The romance only had like twelve pages, and though I really wish there was more, I'm also glad that there wasn't because I feel like it would have taken away from the story.

This book is all about family relationships in all their complexity, and it was so well done. There was so much happen
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
Beautiful. One of my favorite contemporaries in recent memory. This is Morgan Matson's best.

I LOVED the crazy Grant family. Their dialogue and personalities are unmatched. I would have wanted a bit more depth from the parents or more interaction between them and a few of the kids, but I love every bit of what this family represents - their very real struggles and conflicts.

Although I definitely favor Charlie, J.J. is the real MVP.

PLEASE read this fun, hilarious new book as soon as possible.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only two years until the next Morgan Matson book
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: beautiful-covers
This cover is literally the cuuuuutest.

With that being said, I don’t think I have too much to say about the plot. I did find the protagonist to be irritating for a lot of the book. However, the lesson she naturally learns by the end of the book is wonderful. Character development is on point, like always, from Matson. Even though Charlie was both blind and judgmental at the beginning of the book, I love that she is able to learn from her mistakes. Her growth is so organic. She certainly sees mo
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Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though 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 moved back East to attend the New Schoo
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