AUTHOR: MORGAN MATSON • GENRE: YA/NA CONTEMPORARY • PAGES: 417 • RRP: $17.99 • RELEASE DATE: 1 July 2018 • PUBLISHER: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUSTRALIA
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster – who she’s loved since she was twelve – and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that’s all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
– a rented dog that just won’t stop howling
– an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
– her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
– fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
– and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there’s so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she’s been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
This is a quirky book! I am not going to lie, I want to be a part of the Grant family. They are just so likeable and the TV interview at the end had me laughing out loud. The comic strip storyline was genius of you ask me. What a clever inclusion. Without it the books simply wouldn’t of had such a wonderful quirky nature.
There were times when the wedding disasters did get a bit overwhelming and I wondered if there was going to be a wedding at all. There was one particular sequence when Charlie was trying to get to the shower and it took so bloody long that I wanted to just yell “get in the fricken shower now!”. I didn’t because I am trying to keep my husband from knowing that I am a strange person who yells at fictional characters. I don’t know if it is working… Probably not.
Overall this is a funny, fast paced book that is a brilliant story about growing up and how in doing that we need to let go of the past. I need to go through Matson’s back catalogue and read some more of her work.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x