SAVE THE DATE by 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.

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There is a scene at the beginning of the book where Charlie is naked with a boy, but they don't go through with having sex.

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Charlie is given alcohol by her older siblings, and this is considered normal.

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Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?Yes
Adults?Yes

Comments: This is the first book I've read by Morgan Matson. I enjoyed the family dynamic throughout the story, and it made me wish I had a large family with close relationships. I also liked that Charlie made some pretty intelligent decisions considering her age. I watched a YouTube review where someone talked about how this book caused them a lot of anxiety, due to the large number of things that kept going wrong all through the book. I also relate to that, and I think it's why this book took me a while to read. Every time it got to be too much I would set it down, and wouldn't pick it back up for a day or two. I'm glad I read it, and would especially recommend this book for older teens.

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