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.
“You don’t get to freeze the picture when you want it. It would have been living in the past and eventually, you just start doing the same jokes over and over again.”
Wow so I am writing this review on literally the SAME DAY as I read the book I feel like such a pro considering how much I’ve been procrastinating lately. Honestly, my self from 8 months ago would be dying but I feel proud.
Anyways, this book was SO MUCH FUN! I haven’t had so much fun reading a book in, like, two weeks, and for a bookworm like me, that was a serious drought and serious problem and praise Queen Morgan Matson for bringing me this delightful piece of work. I’ve honestly been waiting to read this book since it came out and everyone in the entire world (of Goodreads) was hyping it up and I was dying to read it but I was waiting and waiting and waiting for my library hold to be ready but finally it’s been READ AND LOVED!
So I’m sure everyone in the entire world has read this already since I am, as usual, behind the crowd, but the general premise is that Charlie’s older sister (11 years older too!) is getting married and her whole extended family is home for the event! It’s something she’s been looking forwards to forever, since, as the youngest, things really haven’t been the same with her family and siblings all hanging out together in a loooooooong time. However, as is often the case for book protagonists, things don’t exactly go as planned…
The first thing you need to know is that this is not exactly the most believable story. There is so much random crap going on that it starts to get totally inplausable. I know some people are idiotic screw ups, but how can one single wedding planner possibly create so much havoc?? But honestly, that’s literally the only thing this book didn’t have going for it–the believably. And honestly–I didn’t care. I know, I know, call me a hypocrite, since I’m always complaining about how annoyingly contrived books are. But this book was so fabulous that I totally didn’t care! It was so over the top it almost felt like a sitcom or something, and I was HERE FOR IT! I totally didn’t mind at all, but as a reviewer, and not just a stupid squealy teenager trying to procrastinate too much homework, I feel obliged to knock down half a star for it.
With that aside, all the crazy things that happen are SO FUNNY OMG! It was GREAT! Every time you think–okay, nothing else can *possibly* go wrong–something else! From a house alarm blaring NONSTOP, to teenagers repeatedly stealing a street sign, to having a dog and cat loose in a busy kitchen with someone allergic–COMEDIC GOLD.
I loved loved loved the family dynamic here! With five kids and 12 years between oldest and younest, there was no shortage of crazy things, and I just loved it. Seriously, I kind of want this family to adopt me so I can experience all the great things like messy Capture The Flag, and their hilarious group chat (side note: autocorrect chaing f*cking to ducking is honestly the most relatable thing I’ve ever seen in my life). And aside from all the fun and games, there were some really meaningful family moments, family bonding, that I just adored. Not all was fun and games (view spoiler), and there was talk of the difference from being a perfect model family, and being true to themselves, and arguments over trying to be perfect.
There was a little bit of romance–but just a bit–and I was totally okay with it. I was expecting more, but anything else would have felt like instalove since basically the whole book took place in two days. The interactions with the love interest were so cute though!! Just cute enough to make me happy without rolling my eyes over two day professions of love.
There was a great amount of character growth in the main character, Charlie, and it was amazing!! Honestly, I was worried it would feel rushed since it all takes place in such a short amount of time, but it didn’t, it felt just right, and I loved it.