"People can be like home sometimes and that's if you are very, very lucky."
Forget Gatsby. Beyond some names and some lines that go almost in exactly the opposite direction (see above), this is a novel that stands on its own, doesn't need Fitzgerald, and is only loosely related in the most academic of ways.
This is about dreams we stifle because well -- life. Life gets in the way of so much. Are we to be constantly disappointed or should we just be happy that we have anything at all? Are we better off in constant search of something better or settling in and cherishing what we already have - be that people, love, books, friends or a big house on a hill.
“Haven’t we always done this trick?
If you can’t get what you want, want something else.”
It's way better than it would've been if Stephanie Powell Watts had stuck only to the Gatsby story. It's a very worthwhile read, all on its own, with an awful lot of wisdom that doesn't come from Fitzgerald. It times it seems like the anti-Gatsby, and there's something to be said for that.
One slightly distracting thing was the copy I read (hardcover from the library) had a ton of strange typos. The punctuation was a mess, and that doesn't ruin a story, but was distracting to me. I hope they'll fix it before a reprint, and I really hope it gets a reprint because this is a good read.
Billed as an updated black Great Gatsby, this turns out to be really pretty good. It's not a carbon copy - so far it's an interesting story all on its own. You certainly wouldn't have to know Gatsby to enjoy or follow this. There's much more to this story plot wise, and we get to hear from everyone except JJ in the big house on the hill. Now I'm getting worried that there's going to be a horrible accident though. I hope she changed that part too.
Such a brilliant read!
I thought I was reading a romance, and it was, but it was so much more than that too. It was a family, and their lives. There were moments that felt so raw and real, and moments when I laughed along with them. If this was a movie, it would be one helluva cast of characters. Each person was unique and had me wanting to know more about them.
The Grant family. What a family indeed.
I hope, even though this story completely ended, that there will be another book. I want to know what life is like after the divorce. Where does Charlie go when she goes home from university? These burning questions will linger in my mind.
Another great read from Morgan Matson. She is quickly becoming a YA favorite of mine.
I received an advanced reading copy through netgalley.
Save the date is another amazing release from Morgan Matson. I seriously could not stop laughing through out the whole book.
The main character Charlie is your typical puppy love struck teenager who is also the youngest sibling of six. She is the last one living at home as she finishes up high school and her parents get ready to sell their house. The same home Charlie has ever known and the inspiration for mother comic strip. Save the date follows her as she prepares for a reunion of her family for her sisters wedding and to see her estranged brothers best friend who she has had feelings for since she was younger. However, as the weekend of the wedding unfolds, havoc follows and feuds continue creating the perfect coming of age comedy.
Save the date is the perfect read for when you need a funny novel about family and all of their disfunctions. It reminds me of a teen movie but in book form. Fans of sixteen candles would surely enjoy this novel. I can’t think of any faults other than it being a little predictable at times. I love the messages wound throughout the story and the end. It is one of my top young adult picks of 2018 and a must read.