Save the Date
by Matson, Morgan

&;The cinema-worthy rom-com of your summer reading dreams.&; &;Bustle

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

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

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger&;s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

For Charlie Grant, the rest of the world stops mattering when all her siblings are together. At 17, she's the youngest of five, and she's had a picture-perfect life-a fact that's been well documented in her mother's crazy-popular fictionalized comic strip, Grant Central Station. Of course, it's not as perfect as Charlie's rose-colored glasses sometimes cause her to believe-that comic strip is the reason her brother Mike has stopped coming home. But now, their sister Linnie is getting married, just before their parents sell the family home, and all Charlie's siblings are coming back for one last hurrah in the place where they grew up. For Charlie, things aren't changing that much; she's decided to attend college at the local school where her dad teaches instead of moving away. But as the wedding arrives, chaos ensues: the wedding planner quits, family drama erupts, and Charlie starts to realize that even the best-laid plans aren't laid in stone. A sparkling summer story ideal for teens who are on that bittersweet cusp of change themselves. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

On the weekend of the wedding, anything that could go wrong does. For better or worse, the five Grant siblings have grown up in the public eye via their mother's nationally adored comic strip (occasional examples of the strip are included). Hoping to attend a local university, Charlie, 17, is the youngest and the only child still at home. Now, with her sister Linnie's wedding imminent, the entire family will be reunited, and Charlie is ecstatic. However, there really isn't a single thing that runs smoothly the entire weekend. First the house alarm starts loudly and continually glitching, then the wedding planner vanishes, wedding suits and officiants are switched, the cake goes plummeting, and there are inevitable family fights. Meanwhile, Charlie's longtime crush is also back for the weekend's celebration (with kisses included), causing no little distraction in Charlie's already overworked brain. What should have been a jolly beach read is instead a wade through excessive a nd unnecessary passages, such as numerous references to the characters' eating doughnuts and a lengthy report on a game of capture the flag. All the author really wants to say is that there's no such thing as a perfect family and that change, though certain, is unpredictable. The Grant family is white, Linnie's fiance and his family are black. This is less Much Ado About Nothing and more just a long-winded comedy of errors. (Fiction. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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