Save the Date - Book Review

Monday, 18 June 2018

Started: June 15, 2018 | Finished: June 16, 2018

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 5th, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 432
Book Edition: Ebook, Hardcover Signed Edition
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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.
Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

Morgan Matson does it again!!! I loved this one so much! It was so cute, and adorable, and had all the feels! I think it's only downfall, and by downfall I mean losing a half a point on the rating, is that I read this back to back with The Unexpected Everything which I loved so much, that this one I loved just teensy weensy bit less. Also the stress and anxiety this book gave me when things were going on the day before or day of the wedding also contributed to it losing half a point. But because it's Morgan Matson, and her books are just the best, I couldn't take away a full point for it.

I really loved that this book's main focus was on the family. With most contemporaries, it's all about the romance, but for this one that took a bit of a backset which is nice to switch it up every now and then. There was romance, but just not that much. But what there was, I liked. Bill FTW!! That's all I will say on that. I really loved Charlie, and I loved her entire family. I just loved the whole Grant family dynamic, it was just amazing.

Also I'm going to mention it again in this review, but I really love that there's always a bit of crossover in Morgan's books. This one was a bit more than the usual subtle crossover. This one had a chapter where our characters interacted with Andie, Clark, and Andie's Dad from The Unexpected Everything!! Which given my love for that book, made me so happy! We got a bit of an update on where Andie and Clark are right now, and I'm happy they are still together. You got to see Andie's Dad who is now the governor more than once in this book which was so cool. Also, there was a subtle mention of a character from one of her other books, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (which is still one of my all-time favourites from Morgan Matson).

Something I forgot to mention in my last review, but I must mention now is the book covers!! The book covers on Morgan Matson's book are phenomenal! I love that they give you a clear picture of the main characters for the book as well as these little details for what the book is about. I own all the hardcover editions, so the dust jackets on them are so awesome, they have images on both sides. I just love that added little detail that helps bring her books more to life.

Anyways, I think I've gushed enough. But if you are looking for the perfect summer read, honestly pick up one of Morgan Matson's books, I can't recommend them enough!

The Unexpected Everything - Book Review

Friday, 15 June 2018

Started: June 2, 2018 | Finished: June 12, 2018

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 3rd, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 518
Book Edition: Ebook, Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! Morgan Matson writes the perfect summer reads. Every book of hers I just adore! I think I can officially go on record and say that she is my favourite contemporary writer. I just love her characters, and the stories are always so good and heartfelt. Her writing style is just so flawless. I could go on and on, she's amazing!!

I loved everything about this book. I loved the main character and seeing her learn that sometimes it's best to not have everything planned out all the time. Her friends were amazing, I loved their dynamic. Without getting into the details as I want to keep this spoiler free, but the ending had me a bit sad for what happens with them, but I think with it being left open-ended, you can believe that everything eventually gets mended. Her relationship with her Dad and seeing how that developed throughout the book was so great. I really enjoyed that part of the book. As someone who is by definition a Daddy's Little Girl, stories with good father/daughter dynamics are so heartwarming to me. The romance was great!! I really liked Clark, he was so cute! I also thought it was so interesting that he was a writer. I loved that part and that we got little samples of his books throughout this book, that was cool. Also she's a dog walker!! So lots of cute parts with dogs, I mean that was just the cherry on top!

Also something I love about Morgan Matson's books is she'll have a very brief appearance of characters from one of her other books in her new books. It's so subtle that if you didn't read her other books then you wouldn't find it odd or anything. But if you have read them then it's a little part that connects you to her other books so it made me smile. This one had characters from Second Chance Summer in it.

This was such a good book!! I regret that I waited until now to read it, but the size use to intimidate me. But now that I've read it, it's worth all 500+ pages for sure!

Do you love Morgan Matson's books as much as I do? What's your favourite from her?

Someone Like You - Book Review

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Started: May 27, 2018 | Finished: June 2, 2018

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Published by Speak on June 1st, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 304
Book Edition: Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

The world is a terrible place not to have a best friend.
Scarlett was always the strong one. 
Halley was always content to follow in her wake.
Then Scarlett’s boyfriend died, and Scarlett learned that she was pregnant.
Now Halley has to find the strength to take the lead and help Scarlett get through it.
Because true friendship is a promise you keep forever. 
Rating: 3.5/5 

My Review:

I liked this one a lot!! I really enjoyed the plot and the friendship between Halley and Scarlett, and seeing how much they supported each other through everything. They were my favourite part of this book by far. I really liked Scarlett as a secondary character, I thought she was great and so strong through everything that she was dealing with.

Now our main character on the other hand, Halley, I had some issues with and that's why the rating on this one dropped a bit. I liked her at times, but other times I really questioned her choices. I didn't like the way she treated her mom like the enemy, although I did find her mom to be extreme at times, I do think Halley overreacted to things sometimes. Maybe it's my age that's making me see Halley's actions as a bit childish because I think if I read this when I was sixteen then maybe I'd feel differently. But I was always a rule follower growing up, so I don't know.

Another thing that I wasn't a fan of was the main relationship between Halley and Macon. I just didn't like Macon at all. Maybe a little at first, but as soon as he started getting all pushy with her in regards to sex then I was all 'boy bye!'. Which I think that was the direction that Sarah Dessen wanted us to feel when dealing with Macon considering what happens in the book in regards to their relationship.

I do really love Sarah Dessen's writing style!! Her books are great summer reads, they are easy to read and the story flows really nicely. I want to read all her books for this very reason, and I'm making it my mission to do so.

What are your thoughts on Someone Like You and Sarah Dessen's books?

The Foreseeable Future - Book Review

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Started: May 14, 2018 | Finished: May 20, 2018

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian
Published by Dial Books on May 8th, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 378
Book Edition: Ebook, A.R.C.
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Audrey's life has been planned out for her since she was born, and now she's supposed to attend Whedon College in the fall, where both of her parents work. But Audrey has a different plan in mind: She's not going to attend college at all. She's going to earn some money and move to Seattle, the city she's loved since she was a child. And the best way to earn that money is by working the night shift at the local nursing home.

Seth O'Malley works there, too, and a romance quickly blossoms between them. But things get complicated when Audrey saves the life of Cameron Suzuki, Seth's ex. A video of her performing CPR at the beach goes viral, and suddenly, Audrey's wanted for TV interviews and newspaper articles. And just when Audrey starts to love life at the nursing hom--and life with Seth--Seattle comes knocking. Does she follow the path she set out for herself, even when it means leaving behind Seth and the cast of quirky patients she's come to care for? Or does she embrace a future with Seth--at least for the foreseeable future--at the cost of abandoning her dreams?
Rating: 3.5/5

My Review:

I did enjoy this book, I found the plot very interesting. I liked the main character for the most part, but her impulsivity gave me whiplash. One moment she'd be set on one thing and then just change her mind the next. But I understood her decisions, so that's why I ultimately didn't mind. I've never read a book where someone goes viral before, so that was interesting. Also liked that she worked in a nursing home, and the friendship she made with one of her patients.

As for the romance in the book, I did really like their relationship but I didn't love that she was contemplating giving up her future for him. I'm not going to reveal the outcome of it, you'll just have to read the book. But if you have read it, and given my stance on it then you should have an understanding about how I felt with the ending. Was that vague enough for ya? *insert winky face here*

I also liked the family dynamic/drama throughout the book. It's a very real situation, and I thought it was handled really well. I really enjoyed Emily Adrian's writing style, it was very easy reading and she made everything flow really well. I thought it was a great book to read for this time of the year, a good summer read for sure. Also I love the cover of this book!! I never mention that in my reviews and I feel like I should when covers are beautiful like this one!

Let me know what you thought of The Foreseeable Future in the comments!

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