All, Bree, Review

BOOK REVIEW: Save The Date

Save The Date by Morgan Matson

4/5 stars
Let me just say how much I have adored all of Morgan Matson’s previous books. I am a huge fan, and I have never not loved one of her books. Unsurprisingly, the trend continued with this one! While it’s not my favorite of her collection, it was definitely different, and I appreciated that. While all her past books took place over the course of a summer, this one took place over a three-day span of a weekend. So, I feel a little like all the details were in hyper-focus, because I mean, it’s a 417-page book.

The Pluses:
+ I loved the Grant family dynamic. Honestly it was one of my favorite parts of the book. They all had each other’s backs. Each character was lovable even with their fault. And JJ had me alternating from rolling with laughter to cringing from 2nd hand embarrassment.
+ THE SLOW BURN ROMANCE. UGH. I feel like this is kind of a new concept with Matson’s books, normally the romantic plot is obvious and part of the main plot of the book. But this one the romance was not the main focus, but still adorable and delicious.
+ Also, I loved how there were comic strips throughout the book. They brought a new demotion to the book that would have been lost otherwise. I only wish that there were more of them. Honestly, I love comics and would easily buy a book of all the Grant Central Station strip, because who wouldn’t?

The Minuses:
I feel like so much happened in a 3-day span and it hurts my brain to think about it. Usually when my days are the cram-packed I get no sleep and have deteriorated the next day.
I think another problem I had with this book was not anything to do with the book, but with how long it took me to read it. With me only getting to read 50 pages every time I sat down, it stretched on forever. The book already feels long because it well, IS. But also, there’s so many disasters it was hard to keep up with them all when I could only read it in small segments.
I just didn’t really like Charlie all the much as a character? I don’t know. Something about her rubbed me the wrong way. It was probably the fact that she resisted change so forcefully. I like big chances, and she didn’t. I feel like the resolution just wasn’t enough, like she changed, but only because she had no other real option, and not because she whole-heartily embraced it.

Recap:
Overall, I enjoyed this book, even thought all the wedding disasters stressed me out. I feel like this takes fourth or fifth place among my ranking of Matson’s book. But I’m looking forward to when I can reread it and hopefully do it in fewer sittings.

xoxo, Bree

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