Release date: June 5th 2018
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.
This just might be my favourite Morgan Matson yet. It hooked me right from the start, had characters I found easy to relate to, a sweet romance, and a very chaotic family. Coming from a big family who recently had a big wedding where plenty went wrong, this brought back many memories. I loved the dynamics between the family members and the added touch of the Grant comic strips through the book was a great touch.
Charlie was the youngest Grant and it was interesting how easy-going she was about her life being turned into a comic strip. She grew up with it so to her it was normal. I liked how determined she was to give her sister the perfect wedding, even when it seemed impossible to fix some of the mishaps. She had a different relationship with each of her siblings and we got to see each on display as they all came home for the weekend. On top of all the events of the wedding and family drama, Charlie was dealing with her own issues: choosing a college, leaving home for the first time, feelings for a brother’s best friend, but she tried her best to shove them to the back of her mind to focus on her sister’s wedding.
I loved how chaotic the Grants were and how different each sibling was. JJ was my favourite and every time he appeared, I knew I would be entertained. There were so many scenes that I could easily picture, like a mini movie in my head. There were also many scenes that reminded me of me and my own siblings, bringing back some memories. The romance was pretty light, more in the background of the wedding weekend(at least Charlie’s romance), but what we got was sweet and I really enjoyed it. I also loved Linnie and her fiance and their romance.
I’m always a huge fan of interesting character dynamics and with Charlie and her siblings, there was little chance I wasn’t going to love this book. If it wasn’t for work, I would have finished it in a night. Definitely tops of my Morgan Matson reads.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.