I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve read a good YA-contemporary. I went to camp beside a lake and wanted to read something I know was going to be good. So I splurged a bit and bought the E-book of Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

Obviously, Morgan is one of the queens of YA-contemporary. I was a little frustrated with myself that I didn’t read the book right when it came out, but you know: so many books, so little time.

Save the Date was a nice book, as expected. First things first though, here you have the synopsis from Goodreads: 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 can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. 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.

My thoughts on Save The Date, in 10 bullets:

  • I love the wedding theme of this book. Wanting everything to be perfect is one thing, but because it’s a wedding, you can sense the pressure to have everything perfect.
  • Also, the major part of the book is about family; family bonds, family fights, family pasts and future. As you may know, I’m a sucker for a good family-oriented book.
  • A LOT is going wrong. I sometimes felt that maybe it was too much to put in one book. Though it definitely would be different if something were happening the right way.
  • Charlie’s growth is kind of sudden. Usually I feel like the main character in a YA has a steady growth throughout the book, but with Charlie, one chapter she was A and the next she was already B. I kinda missed the process of that change.
  • The Grant’s have five children, which has always been the number of kids I wanted. This book just shows me how fun it can be.
  • With so many kids, I’m surprised they have such a strong bond with each other. Love that!
  • Charlie is a very likable and relatable character, though sometimes I found her naivety very annoying.
  • The romance part of this book is just aghryanjk. I want to say something about it, but don’t want to spoil the book. Just trust me when I say the romance is cute.
  • This book is FUNNY. A lot is going wrong, but it is funny and embarrassing and sometime I laughed out loud for the stupid things happening.
  • I felt a little sad when I finished, wishing I could still be a part of the Grant-family.

Final rating

It was great, amazing, awesome. But not goosebumps-giving perfect, so 4 out of 5 stars ⭐

Which YA-contemporary is your favorite?