Published by Simon Schuster on June 5, 2018
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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.
Morgan Matson is my playlist soulmate and if I had to hire the perf DJ to my wedding Morgan Matson would be my girl! Here is the collection of songs in Morgan Matson’s book and the songs I selected from the massive list!
If I read this book the year while I was planning my wedding I would have probably eloped! This book brought me back to the wedding anxiety craziness that is known as the last few days before the wedding! Save the Date was my most anticipated summer book of the year and I gobbled up this book like Charlie’s favorite strawberry glazed donut!
While I was reading this book, it felt like one of those crazy Chevy Chase movies only this time it involved a wedding! Everything that you can possibly think of went insanely wrong in this wedding and there were some parts that made me so livid, I almost questioned whether these things could actually happen at a wedding! If I had to endure half of what the bride had to go through in this wedding I would have rescheduled the whole wedding for the next year!
“I looked at everything that was there—everything our mother had done, for good and bad, this whole world she’d brought into existence with some paper and ink.”
Charlie Grant is planning to spend the perfect weekend planning and attending her sister Linnie Grant’s wedding with her big crazy family. There are many new developments happening in Charlie Grant’s life with her family moving out of the house they grew up in, her mother retiring from her famous comic strip that is based on her real family, and Charlie going away to college. Instead of focusing her energies on all the new developments, she puts her energy into helping her sister have a smooth wedding weekend. Until the wedding planner dips out due to fraudulent activity and the wedding weekend plans are anything but smooth!
Since the wedding player escaped, the wedding service “Where There’s a Will” steps in to provide their services. Bill works for his uncle’s company “Where There’s a Will” and Charlie teams up with Bill to help set up the rest of the wedding. They have no idea the fun that is in store for both of them from mixing up suits and wedding decorations, Journey Tribute bands, supermarket cake, unanticipated adorable pets, and the hilarity of everything going wrong almost all the way to the end of the book!
Through the wedding madness, Charlie realizes that her family isn’t the way they seem in her mom’s comic strip. Charlie is forced to take off her rose-colored glasses and learn about what true change is all about…
Meet Charlie (played by Maude Apatow)
Charlie is the queen of denial and living in her own idealized version of her family life. She is holding on to her romanticized versions of her past and keeps pushing away her future. Little does she know that reality is coming for her whether she is ready for it or not…
(On another random note, Maude Apatow could totally be Morgan Matson’s daughter right?!)
Meet Bill (played by Luke Benward)
“I know Charlie, I didn’t just get here.”
Bill was described as having a Matt Damon kind of snub nose and I think Luke Benward is perfect for this role!
Bill is the perfect person that you can rely on when you’re under a ridiculously messy situation such as mixing up Australian themed children’s party decorations and ruined wedding cakes! He is adorable in every sense of the word and he is there for Charlie for every step of the way. Bill is that guy who is uber cute, reliable, sensible, and you don’t realize how amazing he is until he spontaneously dances with you in the middle of a supermarket! Who can resist a Bill?! And that name…gives me the My Girl feels for reals…
Waffles and Maple Syrup
One of the best parts of this book is that there is a dog named Waffles and an actual CAT named Maple Syrup in an actual Morgan Matson book (Who is a registered dog lover btw?! Love this!)?!!!! The dog’s name Waffles is based on her mother’s comic strip. I have a love for beagles because I used to have a beagle named Scooby and my heart will forever be with him. My parents still have a cat named Ringo Starr and Scooby and Ringo Starr were best buds back in the day. After all, you can’t have a Waffles without a Maple Syrup!
Catfairy’s Pop Culture References
Matson described this book as a Father of the Bride meets The Family Stone! She was right on point with her references because the book has the comedic aspect of The Father of the Bride along with the warm and fuzzy feelings of having a big family for The Family Stone.
Matson’s character development in this book was absolutely impeccable! The fact that the time span of this book was set over a wedding weekend and the author had to alter Charlie’s perspective on the concept of change is incredible. As an author, it must have been difficult to write about a character who had to accept the reality of change over a three day weekend and I commend Matson for achieving this in her writing in such a flawless manner. All of Morgan Matson’s books are always set over the summer season but I love that Matson’s writing balances the light and fun with the extremely heartfelt. One of the reasons why I continue to read Morgan Matson is because she always creates new and unique aspects in her books such as the comic book strip which is classic! This was a different kind of book for Morgan Matson because this time instead of focusing on the romance there was more of a focus on the family which was such a refreshing read! Who doesn’t love the antics of a big family along with the complicated natures of it too?!
Catfairy’s Final Thoughts…
“How was it that you only fully realized what you had when it was gone? And I knew there would be new friends, new experiences, maybe even amazing adventures ahead of me. But I felt like I needed, for just a moment, to appreciate what I was–what we all were–leaving behind.”
Charlie is probably one of the characters that I can really identify with. I can identify with how Charlie creates things in her mind that has never really happened and continues to live in her own alternate reality. This book taught me so much about the importance of family and how the love of a family continues to go on despite the changes that inevitably come throughout life.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read about a fun loving family going through many unexpected changes. One of the things I love most about this book is that it taught me that change is always imminent in life and if we chose to live in the past instead of accepting change we miss so many amazing things.