Save The Date

Save the Date

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

Hmmm… I’m usually a massive fan of this genre, but for some reason Save The Date didn’t seem to work for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was okay… but nothing exciting in my opinion and I didn’t find it overly memorable.

Save The Date is told over the weekend. Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married at the family home. Their family home is being sold so everything is moved forward. Charlie and her family have very strong relationships. It’s somewhat helped by the fact that Charlie and her sibling’s lives have been portrayed out in their mother’s cartoon strip Grant Central Station. However, Charlie’s mother goes too far at one point and shows too much of Mike’s life, causing a family rift. Mike comes back for the wedding, Danny (her favourite brother) brings an unexpected girlfriend home and nothing goes right at all! It all causes a LOT of drama for the Grant family.

I really enjoyed the Grant family dynamics. I loved the sibling relationships whether they were strained or close. I thought they were really realistic. I also totally got Mike’s point at being really annoyed with his mother. I can’t say I’d enjoy the sensitive parts of my life being broadcast to the world. So I totally got that. There were moments of this book that were totally wonderful to read. I really did enjoy Charlie as a main character. I was invested in what was going to happen to her.

I think all of the wedding drama got a little bit too much for me. It was so exaggerated and I found myself tiring of the plot line. It definitely made me eye roll and that’s not a good thing. However, there’s no denying that Morgan Matson is a talented writer. I do enjoy reading her books. It’s just in my opinion, this isn’t one of her better books.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I really liked the ending which is why I gave this book three stars. I think I just had a weird relationship with it! Fans of YA should enjoy it.

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This Week In Books #140

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

Save the Date

I’ve been looking forward to getting back to some contemporary after a run of thrillers!

THEN-

Let Me Lie

I really enjoyed this book that I read with Beth for our next ‘Talking About’ feature. Look out for our review soon!

NEXT-

The Alchemist

I know. I know. I’m very late to reading this book. I am looking forward to it though!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about platonic relationships. We could pick friendships, parent/child, siblings etc.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Megan and Eric- The Hidden Memory Of Objects- Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

Such a wonderful friendship!

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Typical sisters! They love each other but hate each other at moments.

Female characters in A Sky Painted Gold- Laura Wood

A Sky Painted Gold

Such strong female friendships. Always lovely to read.

Lucy and her parents- The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

A heart-warming, close relationship between Lucy and her parents!

Female friendships-Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

They didn’t tear each other down, despite having different views- I appreciated that.

Soloman and his parents- Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Soloman’s parents are so supportive of his mental health. This book is simply wonderful.

Paige and her friends- The Start Of Me And You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1)

Paige’s friends rally around her when she needs them!

Cate and her sister Tess- The Cahill Chronicles- Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Cate has interesting relationships with her sisters, but I loved her connection with her sister, Tess.

Taylor and her father- Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

A close father/daughter relationship. Heart-breaking!

Harry and Ron- Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I couldn’t really mention these two! Loved their friendship. It was very realistic with ups and downs along the way.

Feel free to link me to your post this week so I can come and check out the platonic relationships that you’ve discussed!

Ten Books I Would Slay A Dragon To Get Early

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books we’d love to get our hands on early. As ever, the book images go to Goodreads if you want to learn more about the books!

Some of this books have been released now, but I would’ve slain a dragon for!

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m way too excited about this book. I loved the Shatter Me books and I’m intrigued to see where it goes.

Save The Date- Morgan Matson

Save the Date

I adore Morgan Matson’s books so I’m excited about this one!

Leah On The Offbeat- Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

need this book in my life. I would slay a dragon.

A Girl Like That- Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

I read disturbing and go ‘Ooh, I want to read that!’ What does that say about me!?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone- Rachel Lynn Solomon

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I think this book is going to be incredibly sad, but I think it’ll be fabulous.

People Like Us- Dana Mele

People Like Us

An eagerly anticipated read for me!

Love Songs & Other Lies- Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies

I need to have plenty of contemporary in my reading horizon because I find them so easy to read alongside my busy teaching career.

The Astonishing Color of After- Emily X.R Pan

The Astonishing Color of After

really want this book. It sounds so unique!

More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

I enjoyed Letters To The Lost so I’m excited to read more.

And She Was- Jessica Verdi

And She Was

This book looks incredible. I want. I want!

Tell me about the books you’d slay a dragon for to read them early! 🙂 Leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Book Covers That Scream Spring/Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover freebie. I love a beautiful cover, especially when it screams contemporary/spring/summer! So here are some of my favourites!

I won’t say anything about these books, I’ll just let you revel in their beauty. However, if you are interested in these books, click the book image to get to Goodreads!

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Open Road Summer- Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

The Start Of Me and You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You

The Summer I Found You- Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You

Love & Gelato- Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

My Life Next Door- Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door

The Distance Between Us- Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

On The Fence- Kasie West

On the Fence

The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson

The Ice Cream Girls

What did you do for your cover freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books To Buy The YA Lover In Your Life!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about gift guides. Recommendations for someone that loves a certain genre. I went for YA because I could think of so many recommedations. It was actually quite tricky to narrow it down!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

This was one of my favourite books of last year. It makes every Top Ten list that I can fit it on.

Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did!

All The Rage- Courtney Summers

All the Rage

A dark and raw story.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

My favourite Rainbow Rowell book. Adorable.

Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Another dark story, but so well written!

Lola And The Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Adorable ❤

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

Such a sad but heart-warming read!

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

Another sad story. This one really moved me and warmed my heart!

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness is awesome and this book is a page turner.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

This book broke me. It is one of my favourite ever reads.

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten 2016 releases so far! Most of the books I’ve read this year have been previous releases, so this list was somewhat tricky for me.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

I read this book in early June and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in reading books about mental illness.

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I really loved the story. It involves drugs, gangs and drama. Not my usual sort of read, but I’m glad that I read it!

This Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I had been anticipating this book for a while now. Marieke is an old friend of mine and I was so ever so proud of her after reading this book.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Even though this isn’t my favourite read by Emery Lord, I really enjoy her writing style, so it earns itself a place on my list!

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

I have loved Cecelia’s adult books, so was excited to see what her YA book brought. I have to admit to being very impressed! I didn’t think I would be.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I preferred this book to Alice’s debut novel. I was really impressed by this story!

When I Was Invisible- Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible

Again, not my favourite from the author, but it’s still a fantastic piece of women’s fiction!

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I always enjoy reading about the characters in a Katie McGarry story! This book was no exception.

You Know Me Well- Nina LaCour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well

I thought this was cute and easy to read. Just what you need sometimes!

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Again, not my favourite Morgan Matson book ever, but still a good contemporary YA release for 2016!

As you can see, a lot of my favourites haven’t been 2016 releases. Nevertheless, these 10 books have been decent reads! What are your favourite 2016 releases so far? Feel free to leave a link to your post!