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Morgan Matson

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"Charlie's sister is getting married. Everyone is coming home--all her older siblings. It'll be just like it used to be. One last weekend together before her parents sell the house. Charlie doesn't want to think about college next year, or things changing--she just wants to make this a perfect weekend. What could go wrong? Well. First the wedding planner quits. Then the house alarm won't stop going off. Charlie's biggest crush shows up unannounced. There's a mi...ssing tuxedo, an unexpected dog, and a neighbor bent on destruction. Not to mention the event planner's assistant, who is surprisingly, distractingly... cute. And that's before things get really crazy. In all the chaos, 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."--Page [2] of cover.

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Published
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Illustrators Eleanor Grant and Eric Sailer shown on inside jacket and colophon respectively.
Physical Description
viii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781534438309
1534438300
9781481404570
1481404571
Main Author
Morgan Matson (author)
Other Authors
Eric Sailer (illustrator), Eleanor Grant
Review by Booklist Reviews

For Charlie Grant, the rest of the world stops mattering when all her siblings are together. At 17, she's the youngest of five, and she's had a picture-perfect life—a fact that's been well documented in her mother's crazy-popular fictionalized comic strip, Grant Central Station. Of course, it's not as perfect as Charlie's rose-colored glasses sometimes cause her to believe—that comic strip is the reason her brother Mike has stopped coming home. But now, their sister Linnie is getting married, just before their parents sell the family home, and all Charlie's siblings are coming back for one last hurrah in the place where they grew up. For Charlie, things aren't changing that much; she's decided to attend college at the local school where her dad teaches instead of moving away. But as the wedding arrives, chaos ensues: the wedding planner quits, family drama erupts, and Charlie starts to realize that even the best-laid plans aren't laid in stone. A sparkling summer story ideal for teens who are on that bittersweet cusp of change themselves. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set during a single weekend, Matson's (Since You've Been Gone) latest novel is full of appealing elements: the promise of a sister's wedding; a big, close-knit family; a mother who draws a famous comic strip; an estranged brother, who's returned for the big event; and plenty of unexpected guests, all packed under the Grant family roof. In a madcap series of events and in lightning-quick dialogue among family members, Matson explores absolutely everything that could go wrong under the circumstances. Protagonist Charlie narrates the weekend's ups and downs, handling two potential suitors along the way, but neither romance quite comes together amid the constant chaos. As the wedding fails stack up (the wedding planner disappears, as does a tuxedo, and the house alarm keeps going off), Matson introduces more emotionally resonant events impacting the family. There are no perfect weddings, or perfect families, Matson suggests in this romantic comedy of errors. Ages 12–up. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (June) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—It's all about family drama in Matson's latest that takes place over a three-day weekend. Charlie Grant's life is far from perfect. Her parents are selling the house she grew up in, her mother's long-running, much-beloved comic strip is ending, one of her brothers is estranged from the rest of the family, and she has to decide where she is going to college next year. But this weekend needs to be perfect. Charlie's oldest sibling is getting married in the backyard. It's the last time that everyone will be together in the house before they sell it. Of course, nothing goes as planned. One disaster after another puts Charlie together with the event planner's assistant, who just happens to be totally cute and nice. Meanwhile, Charlie is distracted by her long-time crush, Jesse, her brother Mike's best friend. Despite the two possible love interests, the focus is on the family drama. Readers will likely guess the secrets that are revealed before Charlie does, but that doesn't detract from the story. There are a lot of characters to keep track of (a character list at the beginning of the book helps), and the "what can go wrong, will go wrong" trope can wear a little thin. Still, the likable characters and quirky details will please Matson's fans, even if the romantic elements of the story take a backseat. Watch for a cameo from Andie and Clark from The Unexpected Everything. VERDICT Recommended where realistic fiction is popular.—Mindy Rhiger, Hennepin County Library, MN Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

'the cinema-worthy rom-com of your summer reading dreams.' 'BustleFather of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.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.