Save the Date (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Save the Date (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Morgan Matson

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This exclusive edition is packed with bonus content that is all about something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! In other words it has a prequel scene, a deleted (but super fun) scene, a scene retold from another character’s perspective, and a playlist that’s all about the blues.

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Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534431430
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 232,090
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named aPublishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

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Save the Date (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Bridgett Deem Nelson More than 1 year ago
Save the Date made me laugh out loud, tear up, and everything in between. I truly adored this story. Couldn't put it down. Is it a little far-fetched? Of course. If that many things went wrong at my wedding, I'd seriously be questioning my choice of groom. Nevertheless, I could absolutely see it being made into a very funny film. The family dynamics and the multiple personalities truly make this story. I found every single family member funny in their own, unique way. My one gripe, and the reason I didn't give this book 5 times, the Grant family gave off a very privileged, noninclusive type of vibe. Almost like the movie, The Family Stone. I genuinely felt sorry for poor Brooke. Since we're on the topic, I wasn't exactly thrilled with Waffles' treatment either. Regardless, this is a quick, super fun read. I even enjoyed the Grant Central Station comics throughout. I actually just looked at Morgan Matson's library, and realized I've rated all her books either 4 or 5 stars. Clearly, she's one of my must-read authors. 4 well deserved stars!
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
Although SAVE THE DATE is dressed up as a wacky wedding tale, it's really a story about family and family bonds. Seventeen-year-old Charlie is the youngest of five, the only one of the Grant siblings still living at home, and the one most committed to maintaining the family traditions and ensuring that they make the most out of her sister's wedding weekend. Her resolve is tested by a series of minor disasters and major life changes, and the hijinks that ensue are hilarious and ridiculous by turns. I love stories about big, messy families and the often complicated relationships that the family members have with each other, and Morgan Matson absolutely knocks those tropes out of the park with this novel. I loved the in jokes and banter, the embarrassing stories and ridiculous traditions, and I loved how clearly important they all were to Charlie. (Because teenager protagonists who are super invested in their families never get old for me either.) I thought it was enormously clever of the author to tell this story of upheaval and leaving the past in the past against the backdrop of a wedding, and I appreciated that none of the romantic subplots were given as much page time or as much weight as Charlie's changing relationships with her siblings. I blew through this book in a matter of days, and I've already re-read certain scenes more than once (like the great almost sign robbery, for example). It was heartwarming and sweet and surprisingly insightful. Quite possibly my new favorite of Morgan Matson's books, too. :)
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
So far, everyone that I've seen that has read and reviewed this has said the same thing: this is their favorite Morgan Matson book. And I have to say, it's definitely my favorite now too. I've said for a long time, Matson is the Queen of Realistic Fiction, but this one by far shows it. Her attention to detail and her imagination just completes the picture for me. Charlie's older sister is getting married and all her siblings have come into town to watch the event. Or disaster, based on everything that's going wrong. Like the nosey neighbor, the terrible sound the alarm is making, and so much more. Just when she thought everything good, several other things changed. Over the weekend, Charlie learns a little more about the family she thought she knew all about. And again after reading this, I still say Morgan Matson is the Queen of Realistic Fiction. Her attention to detail makes her stories for me. They always feel more like movies than books. She makes it extremely easy to see the story play out in my head. As a reader that's what normally happens when I read books, but for the most part, the background is never in full detail like it is when I read a Matson book. That's the best way I can describe it. Matson always creates an entire world for her readers. And in a world of things going wrong with the wedding, the humor in this one MAKES the story. It wasn't something that we should be laughing at (since those things were important details about the wedding) but laughing was inevitable. I also loved the characters. I mean who wouldn't love them?! To make it even better, I fell for both sets of the Grants. It was so fun to get to know both sets of the family along with Charlie, because everything she thought she knew about them, well she didn't know everything. It was a really fun way to get to know all of them. I also wanted to talk about the plot. I've never read anything about a family with a mom who had this profession. To me that shows a lot of her imagination; to go where no one else's mind has been before. I can't wait to read more by her. "It seemed like the second you tried to tell someone why you loved someone else, it took the luster off it, like pinning a butterfly down in a case- it never quite captured it." pg. 169 Last but not least, I really loved the "visits" from the characters in her other books. I always love the Easter eggs of author's previous books, and there is an egg from most of them. Makes me want to go back and re-read all her books again. I love being able to see what they're up to now! The humor, the romance, the family ties, all of it makes this story my favorite. I'm almost positive that I'll say that the next Morgan Matson book is my favorite as well, but at least for now I can say that this one really is my favorite for now.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
This book was pure entertainment and I just absolutely loved it. I felt like what I was reading was a reality show, but it was done extremely well. I loved almost all the characters. I didn't like Don, and I feel like his character was supposed to be unlikeable, and I didn't really like Jesse all that much either, he's kind of a jerk. I loved the dramatics of this book too. This was such a fun, summer read.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Taking place over one weekend, Save the Date explores the relationships of the Grant family as seen through the eyes of the youngest daughter, Charlie. As one of five children, Charlie has really looked forward to her oldest sister Linnea’s wedding at their family home this weekend. It will be the first time her whole family has been together in the last year and a half and she misses them horribly. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Charlie’s envisioned family reunion does not go as planned. Charlie’s mother is being honored for the retirement of the comic strip she has created and written through Charlie’s entire life. The antics of the kids in the comic strip mirrored the antics of her own children. This weekend wedding opens up Charlie’s eyes to the fact that some of her own memories are actually memories of things that happened in the comic strip and not exactly as it happened in real life. This awareness of what actually had been changes Charlie’s visions of what her future could be helping her make some decisions that she had been postponing. I found this novel so refreshing because it was about a whole family. There was such a huge cast of characters to keep track of, but in the center of it all was Charlie, who seemed to be the one that grounded everyone. I don’t mean to give her more importance than her older siblings, but they all had flaws and Charlie’s only flaw seemed to be that she had glorified their family but in my own experience I think seeing everyone for who they are is actually a part of growing up. Even though this novel took place over a weekend, Charlie grew up a lot. I enjoyed this novel a lot. It was an easy read with a lot of humor. This families antics actually reminded me a bit of my own family and I wonder if everyone who reads it won’t see a bit of themselves in one of these characters. There are a lot to choose from, after all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite . I really had to push to get through this one. 8 found the main character rather annoying ...
StellaH More than 1 year ago
After reading Save the Date by Morgan Matson, I felt like I had just run a marathon, but in the best way possible. It was exhausting and entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down until I knew how everything worked out. Taking place mainly over one weekend, I was unsure how the events could fill up over 400 pages. How much could really happen in three days that would keep me invested for that long? The answer was pleasantly surprising as I followed Charlie while she navigated the nonstop challenges with her family, her romantic interests, her friends, and everything else that goes awry during the weekend. This book is a comedy of errors where everything that could go wrong during Charlie’s older sister’s wedding does. With seven people in her immediate family and everyone else attending and working the wedding squeezing into one house, there are bound to be issues, but each had its place and was handled accordingly. I was thrown into Charlie’s stresses, but also felt her confidence that she could fix it, even if it was not how she planned. If everything worked out exactly as it should, the story would have seemed too neatly tied up; instead, there was mistake after mistake, while Charlie took on great pressure in order to make sure this weekend, which she had been so patiently waiting for, went smoothly. In the beginning it seemed as though Charlie’s narrative was going to be dictated by her feelings for her brother’s best friend, and that she would do whatever it took to get his attention, but with all of the twists and turns, Charlie eventually takes her life into her own hands. She realizes that the people around her are just that, people, not perfect beings who can do no wrong. She goes through an internal transformation, maintaining her unconditional love for her family, but also learning to appreciate her own power to decide and succeed on her own. I don’t want to give away too much of the ending, but it was not disappointing, even with one major twist I was not at all expecting. You’ll have to read to find out!
KriisGaia More than 1 year ago
Family events are pretty mad at the best of times, but put two together and what a weekend! That’s what you get in Save The Date. Focused on Charlie, the youngest of a large family, you see the weekend from her perspective. It is not only her sisters’ wedding, but the one that marks the end of her mothers celebrated career as a cartoonist. The family is an interesting one. It is a very close and loving family, with the exception of one estrangement. Early on you get the impression that there are undercurrents between the parents as well, undercurrents of which the kids may not be aware. The wedding itself is a bit of mayhem. The wedding consultant turned out to be either incompetent or embezzling and is missing in action. Half of what she did do has to be undone by the new wedding consultant. And he has a nice nephew too. The neighbors are joyous, constantly complaining about the noise, which is, of course, uncontrollable given the nature of the weekend. Everything that can go wrong seems to go wrong. Grant Central Station has been a favorite with comic readers for many years. Chronicling a barely fictionalized version of the family, it is the cause of the original estrangement with one of the children. When she mentions in the strip an embarrassing but funny episode in her sons’ life, even after his express request that she not, it sparks a two-year feud between them. Everything All At Once Now that the mothers’ cartoon career is coming to an end, of course, there must be much pomp and circumstance surrounding it. The papers are all wanting an interview as are the national TV shows and it just seems like a really bad idea to schedule it all on the same weekend as the wedding. Add into the mix Charlie’s personal life, school life transition into college, and it makes for a rather chaotic but thoroughly enjoyable novel. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 crowns This book...was a bit of a messy experience for me? Which I mean, fits so well, since the Grants were a little messy and poor Linnie's wedding weekend was a total mess (however, in the best rom com kind of way). This book had me teetering between Full On Annoyance and OMG This Is Great. But I seriously couldn't stop reading it either way???? I think one of my biggest issues with the characters. I had a lot of beef with Charlie for about 5/8 of the book? Like, she was so selfish and focused on just here. Yes, there is a big change around and some redemption arcs, but it took a while to get there. She was the girl that I needed to root for, but I honestly just wanted things to go wrong in the book because that was the entertaining part. I couldn't deal with a lot of her stuff - especially with how she treated Brooke. I get this wasn't part of the program and she wanted to hang with your brother, but it wasn't any excuse to treat poor Brooke (who legit was my favorite character of the novel so I don't know how to deal with this). Lol, but legit Brooke and Waffles were my favorite characters which is sad since Waffles is a dog and Brooke was the poor girlfriend of one of the brothers that got left behind. Also Bill. I liked Bill. And maybe even Will! OH, Rodney and his parents was cool beans, too. I also wasn't the biggest fan of the Grant family. Like, I thought they had some interesting dynamics, but I didn't really see quite the draw? Yes, it's totally a messy and realistic family, but I never really connected with the family unit. It felt like they were a clique that I wasn't a part of and didn't understand. I thought they were better at the end - the GMA interview really redeemed a lot for me - but I had some issues with them as a whole. This was probably the biggest issue that I had with the book. I felt like the characters just made me really annoyed and I had to set down the book a few times to decompress from them. However, there were a lot of good points as well. I really liked the comedy aspects of the book. I think it made me laugh out loud twice? Which is BIG for a book since I never laugh out loud for anything. And there were some witty twists and turns (some I predicted, some I did not), and I thought that it honestly was like a fantastic romantic comedy that I was watching play out. I did really enjoy a lot of the hijinks and I think the middle third of the book was all I needed from this book to make me feeling good. The end did leave me with a pleasant contemporary afterglow. Also, I think the pacing was really good. It did seem to go on a little long, but I think overall it was pretty well done. I liked how everything came together, and dramatic moments happened when they needed to be. Matson is definitely a talented contemporary writer. Overall, this wasn't quite the summer contemporary adorable cheesy goodness that I was looking for, but it still had some good moments. I think the latter part of the book really brought it up for me since I had a lot of issues in the front half of the book. There were some good characters, but a lot of the main ones rubbed me the wrong way. It might be nice for a light read, but there could be some annoyance involved...unless it was exceedingly high expectations again. If so, OOPS. 3.5 crowns and a Jasmine rating!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 couldn’t 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 purpose other than to fill a page. Overall, it was a cute idea and there was a lot of potential, but the family dynamic just didn’t click. **Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a finished copy free of charge**
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Realistic fiction filled with the strength of family! Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Save the Date by Morgan Matson! Reminiscent of Cheaper By The Dozen and Sixteen Candles since chaos seems to surround the Grant family and a family member is getting married during this story. The mother created a comic strip depicting the lives and happenings of the family members and it’s now coming to an end. Charlie, the main character, has a crush on her older brother’s best friend, Jesse and he knows it. Everything that can go wrong with the wedding seems to happen and the Grant family is past their elbows in stress. Their family is literally falling apart and breaking up while they are featured on tv as being the perfect family. The story comes around in a complete circle with the family members airing their grievances and struggling to work them out. Consequences seem to bring everything into the open in this realistic fiction drama filled with chaos and contention and also the strength of family, 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was an amazing read and high recommend it. I loved the bonus content and the playlist at the end, I think that was a super cute idea. It was more about family with a sprinkle of boys in the mix and I loved it. I wanted to be apart of the Grant Family in real life, the book throws you into one chaotic scene after another never knowing what else may happen. It was extremely well written. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved reading the progress that the book made. Being a teenager, I would suggest this book to anyone of my friends. It was amazing. I have read it twice already, will reread it in the future, that is how much I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I actually found myself laughing out loud at a book, but Save the Date had me doing just that every few pages! Matson's latest novel follows the Grant family during the weekend of their oldest daughter, Linnie's wedding. Our main character, Charlie Grant, is thrilled to have her older siblings home for the event and is determined to make everything perfect; until the wedding planner quits, and chaos ensues. Overall, I enjoyed Save the Date. The focus of this book was definitely on the dynamics of the Grant family, and they were so much fun to read about! The Grant's are dysfunctional and wild, but their flaws only made them that much more realistic. The siblings dynamics were wonderfully portrayed, and served for many hysterical moments. Each of the Grant siblings were lovable, but I found "DJJJ" to be a stand-out character. Fans of Matson's The Unexpected Everything can also look forward to cameos from a few certain characters ;) My biggest complaint about this book is the pacing. Having the book set over the course of one weekend really kept this from being a 5-star read for me, because I kept wanting MORE from certain relationships, but there wasn't enough time to see them develop. I especially think this hindered the romantic plot, since there was more pining than actual romance; in fact, the romance at times felt more like an obligation than a supplement to the storyline. Save the Date comes up short to some of Matson's other works, but is still a very funny, light-hearted read I would recommend for this summer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, this book is as cozy as they come! Imagine the lives of a family who’s mother essentially writes “Family Circus”. “Grant Central Station” has been going for as long as Charlie can remember. It’s the reflection of her family life… The way she THINKS her family is. But, do her siblings feel the same way? Is their family life really the solid, shining beacon she always thinks it is? I loved that the romance story was almost a secondary part of the novel. The family dynamic, the fact that their house is being sold, their mother’s comic strip is coming to an end, and estranged family members coming together for Linnie and Rodney’s wedding were the main focus and I LOVED THAT! It was a refreshing story and the family was my favourite part of the book! This was one of those books in which the main protagonist was actually my least favourite character! Charlie could be annoying with her idealistic view of her life and family. I liked her family being around to pull her out of the clouds and make her realize that it’s not all about her. Now on to some of my favourite characters! With some quotes to get you interested!! Siobhan (Charlie’s best friend) “I got my mom to call me out. I’m taking the day off so I can help with wedding stuff.” “I thought all of that was being taken care of my Tangerine.” I shook my head, even though I knew she couldn’t see me. “You know her name is Clementine. You just have a weird prejudice against her.” “You know my policy,” Siobhan said. “never trust anyone named after a fruit.” I sighed; I’d heard this more times than I’d wanted to, and could practically feel Siobhan teeing up her punch line. “After all… They might be rotten.” J.J. (Charlie’s brother) “Hey, man!” Rodney said, smiling at J.J. “Welcome home. Want a donut?” “Ummm… Sure?” J.J. scoffed. But just as he’d done ever since he’d read this phrase when he was twelve, he said the word “scoff” instead of just making the sound, and none of us had been able to convince him this actually wasn’t correct.” And the rest! “J. J. shook his head. “Your job sounds exhausting, young Billiam.” “It’s okay,” Bill said with another smile. “And, uh, it’s really not Billiam. Just Bill is good. Bill Barnes.” “That’s a good name,” J. J. said, pointing at Bill. “That’s a superhero name.” Rodney raised an eyebrow. “How is it a superhero name?” “The double letter thing.” “Alliteration,” I supplied. “Danny smiled at me. “Charlie knows what’s what.” Then he turned to J. J. “I still don’t know how it’s a superhero name.” “They all have them,” J. J. said, gesturing expansively. “I’ll wait to hear the specifics.” “It’s true,” Rodney agreed. “you can’t make a claim without evidence.” “Rodney’s a lawyer,” J. J. explained to Bill. “Not yet,” Rodney said, shaking his head. “Not until I pass the bar.” “That’s a TOTAL lawyerly qualification to make,” J. J. sighed. “Still waiting to hear those examples,” Danny said as he took a sip from his near empty glass. “Fine!” J. J. said, slapping his hand down on the bar. “Okay. How about…?” He paused for a moment, furrow ing his brow. “Peter Parker? Or Sue Storm? Or Bruce Banner?” “Woah,” Bill said, his eyebrows going up. “I guess I never realized that before. There are two Superheroes named Bruce?” “Who else?” I asked. “Bruce Wayne,” Danny, J. J., Bill and Rodney said at the same time. “Oh, right, him.” “Bruce Wayne is the exception,” J. J. said, shaking his head. “All the rest of them have the double letters.” “Alli
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
When I came across Save the Date on Goodreads, I immediately knew I wanted to read it, because it gave me major Sixteen Candles (one of my favorite teen movies) vibes. And guess what, my suspicion was correct. Like Sixteen Candles, there were a lot of hilariously disastrous events that took place before, during, and after Charlie’s sister’s wedding. Charlie is going through an emotionally tough time because she doesn’t like change, and a lot of changes are quickly approaching her. She has big decisions she needs to make, but keeps putting them off. I didn’t like Charlie for most of the book, because she was often immature, selfish, and sometimes, inconsiderate. She kept envisioning this perfect weekend with her “perfect” family, and when things started getting in the way of her plans, she angrily lashed out at her family and best friend. I felt a lot more compassionate towards Charlie once she started to reflect on some decisions she’s made in the past, ones that she realizes could have, and should have, been better. On another note: I also really loved following her around as she frequently, and frantically, tried to stop her older sister’s wedding from completely falling apart. Charlie’s mom is a famous author/artist of Grant Central Station, a widely known, and beloved comic strip that is based on her big, wacky family. Throughout Save the Date, we’re treated to actual Grant Central Station comic strips. I loved each and every one! There were so many things to love about Save the Date, the awesome 80s movie and music references, the hilarious wedding snafus, and especially, the entire Grant family, and their interactions with one another. No Grant faded into the background, because they all had their own memorable personalities and moments. Save the Date is a charming and fun contemporary that made me smile and laugh-out-loud a lot. I know I’ll reread it sometime down the road.
WyHalo More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot! The author's name didn't ring a bell, but looking through my Goodreads I realized I had read one of her earlier books and enjoyed it. This is YA but can easily be enjoyed by older readers, and sort of fits into the chicklit category. I liked the story of Charlie, a high school senior and the youngest of five siblings who's the last one living at home when everybody comes together for her sister's wedding. I tend to like stories of families with lots of kids because that's totally foreign to me and sounds both like a giant pain and a lot of fun at times. I don't want to give too much away, but the family is in upheaval because the parents are selling the house and the mom, a famous cartoonist, is ending her long-running syndicated comic strip that was based on the real family. Wedding prep is total chaos, and not everybody is getting along. Charlie is the peacemaker who loves being in her giant family and wants them all to get along and for the wedding to go well, but at the same time is having a secret romance with her older brother's best friend and trying to decide which college she'll attend in the fall. The family dynamics rang true to life and even though the book is kind of long, it was a fast-paced, easy read. I think it would make a really entertaining movie, actually. Note: I received a free ebook ARC from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.