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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  17,716 ratings  ·  3,467 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 ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Morgan Matson didnt 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.

Its definitely unrealistic. The thing is, I dont 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 its a humorous

You know that thing of how every contemporary is basically the same? You know what Im talking about. Like, main female character whos pretty good at school without being overwhelmingly good (because that would mean describing doing homework or something and ha ha ha authors dont do that). Similarly shes of course kissed one semi-embarrassing boy: Kevin from seventh-grade gym or Tommy from the ninth-grade play, and then one boy she dated for three dispassionate months
Emma Giordano
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2.5 Stars. Unfortunately, this book didnt really do it for me! Ive always considered myself a fan of Morgan Matson, even though I havent picked up her books in a few years, but Save The Date did not resonate with me the same way her other books have. Not sure if its an outlier compared to her previous works or Ive just grown out of her style, but I wish I would have enjoyed it more.

Save The Date was kind of a roller coaster for me. I didnt like it, then I was enjoying it. Then I went back to
High Lady of The Night Court
Charlie Grant is finally going to have her entire family under one roof. Her four 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. Linnies long time dream of getting married in the Grant home is finally coming true but its 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 wont 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! Cant wait to read more of Morgan Matsons books! ...more
chan ☆
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary, 2020
cute contemporary with a misleading synopsis!

or maybe not misleading, but i got a completely different vibe while reading this book. i assumed it was going to be a hijinks-y romantic story a la sara dessen but instead it was a lil deeper. which i really appreciated.

the core of the story is about growing up, figuring out what you want out of life, and figuring out that your perfect family is perhaps fallible. which is something i personally felt very seen by and would have appreciated reading
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this SO much and I am very emotional. I think it mightve knocked Amy & Roger from my #2 spot of favorite MM books.

I wont 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.
Nov 16, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017, age-young-adult
Will read/buy anything she writes
i grew up with a small family - just my parents and younger brother. i do have a bigger extended family, but they lived so far away that i rarely saw them. so reading books about large family dynamics is always exciting for me because i get a chance to experience something unfamiliar.

and i think family is the one thing this book did right. i absolutely adored all of the interactions and banter between the grant siblings. there was a moment where i felt overwhelmed with all of the characters
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
BernLuvsBooks (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
Natasha Polis
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
More like a 3.5 BECAUSE I'VE NEVRR BEEN MORE STRESSED READING THIS BOOK. BUT DAMN. POIGNANT THERE AT THE END. I feel like as an adult, I got it, it resonated in me, but to a teen this could be just a fun read. But type A personality almost DNF this book so hard. Oh gosh, some scenes I wish I read while taking shots. LOL
Claudia Ramírez
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh. This was so FUNNY and CUTE. My first Morgan Matsons book :). ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it

It was that feeling like when the lights come up after a moviehow it takes a minute to let go of the world youd 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's
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-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.
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Im 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. 🍰
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had one of the best family dynamics that Ive read in a long time. So loving, so flawed and so funny! ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

I was expecting a bit more romance in here than I got, and some of the themes were a little more on the nose than Id have liked, but it was still fun.
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Big families and wedding drama? This is the story of my life.
It was really great to read about someone else's problems when it comes to those two things. This book was just so entertaining and it had me sitting with my bowl popcorn.

Charlie has made it her mission to ensure that her sister's wedding at their family home runs smoothly. The house they've lived in for two decades has been sold and this is the last weekend they have for the whole Grant family to be together.

Nothing can go
Mary H
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!"
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is my second Morgan Matson book and it's the highest I rated too, I'm beginning to think that her books aren't for me :(

I never really minded this in books before but this felt like a bunch of rich white people trying to fix problems they caused themselves, with money. And I'm using the word problems with the broadest definition of the word because some of them were honestly like first world problems.

I hated this book from the very first chapter, in which the MC meets her crush at a party
alana ♡
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars

Who let me sleep on Morgan Matson books for so long?!?! Seriously, I want to know because I've been missing out. This was such a cute and funny story and yet it got real deep at times too, which I totally was not expecting. The characters were all extremely lovable and somehow this book made it feel like I actually grew up with the Grant family.

The story revolves around Charlie, whose older sister Linnie is getting married in a backyard wedding at their home for one last hoorah
Helene Jeppesen
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars.
Out of all of Morgan Matsons 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 its not even realistic anymore. Charlie is our protagonist, and shes 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 unfortunate
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 thats pretty much what I got so YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

This is the story of the
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!
Lala BooksandLala
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
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 Matsons 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 Ive said this). The characters all truly
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
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
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 couldnt 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
Kyla Harris
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot - 14/20
Characters - 14/20
Creativity - 15/20
Writing - 16/20
Pace - 6/10
Ending - 7/10
74/100 = B-
3.5/5 stars

Such a cute story surrounded by family, and how crazy life can get at times. Really hated the romance at the beginning but the ending was sweet and adorable. About half way the story gets pretty repetitive in disasters but after it wraps up in such a sweet beautiful way it was worth it(: Love Morgan Matson and her writing style, nothing will be changing that anytime soon that's for
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.
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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

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