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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Morgan Matson's Save the Date is a hilarious and charming story about Charlie Grant, the youngest of five siblings, who can't wait for her older sister's wedding at their family home. What she hopes will be the perfect weekend with her family turns into a comedy of errors as the Grants -- on whom the popular comic strip Grant Central Station is loosely based -- deal with one wedding-related disaster after another, showing teens the importance of perseverance. Characters, some of which are underage, drink at the rehearsal dinner and wedding. Charlie makes out with someone and almost loses her virginity to him. Text messages are auto-corrected to "duck," "fork," "bullshirt," and "shirt." There are also a couple of uses of "f---ing."
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What's the story?
Charlie Grant can't wait for her older sister to get married this weekend at their house in Connecticut, because it means that all four of her older siblings will be home for the first time in years. But what Charlie hopes will be one last perfect weekend filled with love and laughter before their parents sell the house is slowly turning into a disaster. From a broken house alarm and a missing tuxedo to unexpected wedding guests and a surly neighbor, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. With the help of the wedding planner's surprisingly cute and charming nephew, Bill, Charlie and the Grants just might be able to SAVE THE DATE. Over the course of three days, Charlie will discover important truths about herself, her family, and her future.
Is it any good?
This fun, lighthearted contemporary YA novel is a perfect read for fans of romantic comedies. Save the Date is full of chaotic laugh-out-loud moments and charming, relatable characters, so teens won't be able to put it down. The entertaining Grant Central Station comics are a great addition to the story, especially the final strip, which provides an emotional conclusion that's full of unconditional love. Although the romance is sweet and slightly predictable, readers will love Charlie's growth as she starts to appreciate her family's flaws and understand that reality is better than perfection.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how romance is portrayed in Save the Date. Does it seem realistic and relatable? Do young adult romance novels help readers sort out their feelings and learn how to communicate, or do they create false expectations about teen relationships?
What messages do you take away from Save the Date about taking risks and going outside your comfort zone?
How do the characters demonstrate perseverance? Why is that an important characteristic?
- Author: Morgan Matson
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: June 5, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 432
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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