SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson

SAVE THE DATE

Age Range: 13 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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 and 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)

Pub Date: June 5th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4814-0457-0
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2018




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Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >

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