Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes (Take 4) | Day 2

I was tagged by Raya for another round of 3 Days, 3 Quotes! I always love sharing my favorite quotes, so I’m really excited to do this tag again!

If you’re interested, you can see the previous quotes I’ve shared here:

Take 1: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 2: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 3: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
Take 4: Day 1

“Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.” 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Since this is my fourth time doing this tag, I’m not going to nominate anyone, but if you’d like to share some quotes, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so I can see your choices! ❤

Book review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Source: Purchased

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors, but for some reason, I had never gotten around to reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I was surprised to find it for $4.00 at a used bookstore and even more surprised when I didn’t just let it sit on my shelf, gathering dust, for six months.

Amy & Roger felt different from the rest of Morgan Matson’s books, but I loved it so much. It’s a super slow-burn romance that mainly focuses on how Amy is dealing with the death of her father. I’ll admit that the premise isn’t exactly the most believable (Amy and Roger are sent on a cross-country road trip by their families), but you know what? I can get over it. This book was so cute.

One of my favorite things about this book was the playlists! There are so many playlists and they include songs from so many bands that I love. And there are so many songs I haven’t thought about in years, like Baby, It’s Fact by Hellogoodbye and Quietdrive’s cover of Time After Time and Beating Heart Baby by Head Automatica. I used to be obsessed with Head Automatica when I was in high school, so that was like a super throwback for me. It was great. Also, it made me so happy to see all the Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate songs that were included in this book. Basically, everything about the music featured in Amy and Roger’s playlists made me happy.

And now I want to talk about tropes. I kind of feel like I talk about tropes all the time and the whole book blogging universe probably knows that I adore friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers, but one trope that I don’t think I ever really talk about is one bed. I am a sucker for this trope. It gets me every time. There’s just something so cute and just awkward enough about two people finding out they need to share one bed and oh my god, Amy and Roger have to unexpectedly share a bed so many times in this book. I loved it. I swooned each time.

But there was one thing that kept me from giving this book five stars, and this is me speaking as an adult who is probably at least ten years beyond this book’s intended audience: I could not get over the fact that Amy was in high school and Roger was in college. It’s not a big age difference, but I just feel like, even setting aside the possibly questionable legality of this relationship, there is such a huge difference in the maturity level of a high school student and someone in college. I doubt that this would’ve bothered me when I was Amy’s age, but as an adult, it just felt a little creepy to me.

Even with that one negative, though, I really loved this book. I was looking for a cute contemporary when I picked it up and that’s exactly what I got. Morgan Matson never disappoints and I would absolutely recommend this book.

#mm18: family

Previously: Since You’ve Been Gone • The Unexpected Everything • Save the Date

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Book review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Borrowed

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.

Without a doubt, Save the Date was one of my most-anticipated YA releases of 2018. I love Morgan Matson and this book sounded so cute! I’ve been in a bit of a slump recently, so it took me a little while to get into it, but it was so worth it once I did.

The story is, as expected, very cute. It’s Charlie’s older sister’s big day, and just about anything that could possibly go wrong does. The book plays out a lot like Sixteen Candles, with the houseful of guests and all the shenanigans. It’s also funny! Especially toward the end, I was laughing out loud.

But it’s not a romance. I kept expecting that romance to show up based on other books I’ve read from Morgan Matson, but it never did. And that’s fine (even good! not everything has to be a romance!) but it was a little surprising, especially since I’ve seen this advertised as… romance. It’s much more of a story about family dynamics than it is a romance.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Despite their issues, I’d love to be part of the Grant family! I also think it would be a blast to read the column.

Previously: The Unexpected Everything • Since You’ve Been Gone

Book review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.  The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.  And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.

I’ll admit it.  I’m a sucker for a pretty cover.  And, to be perfectly honest with you, the cover is the only reason that I picked this book up.  Sure, I’d heard good things about Morgan Matson.  Yes, the book does have a pretty high average on Goodreads.  And sure, the plot sounded interesting enough.  But the cover was the only reason I got it.  I’m shallow like that sometimes.

Sometimes you can’t judge a book by its cover.  But in this case, you definitely can.  It just looks like a cute, summery read, and it absolutely is.

Sloane and Emily are the kind of best friends that are joined at the hip.  The kind of friends that aren’t really Sloane and Emily, two separate people, but more like sloaneandemily, a joint entity.  Emily almost feels like, if Sloane disappeared, she might cease existing as well.  And honestly, Emily’s okay with that, because Sloane brings out the best in her.  When Sloane’s around, Emily doesn’t have to worry about whether she’s being weird.  About whether people are judging her.  She doesn’t have to rack her brain for appropriate things to say, they just pop out when Sloane’s with her.  And for someone like Emily, who has always lived firmly inside her comfort zone, surrounded by her protective shell, being friends with someone like Sloan is freeing.

Sloane and Emily were supposed to have the most epic summer of their lives.  They’d planned everything out down to the last detail.  And then Sloane disappears.  Vanishes without a trace.  Her house is empty.  She doesn’t answer her phone.  Nobody knows where she went.  It’s almost like she never existed in the first place.  But then Emily receives a list from Sloane.  Thirteen dares designed to pull Emily out of her shell.  And, Emily thinks, maybe by finishing the list, she can find out where Sloane is hiding.

Some of the items on the list are pretty straightforward, like “dance until dawn.”  Others require a little more detective work, like “55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona.”  And some, for sheltered, introverted Emily, are just plain terrifying.  Like “go skinny-dipping.”  But Emily dutifully works all summer long to complete this list, finding help in the form of the cute class president, his wacky friend, and a pizza delivery girl that Emily just met.

Of course, romance ensues along the way, and it turns out to be one of the absolute cutest romances I read in the entirety of 2016.  But the romance isn’t really the focus of the book.  No, the focus of the book is Emily coming to terms with herself without the best friend that she always defined herself by.  And no, Emily doesn’t learn that it’s pointless to be shy and that, in order to live her best life, she must suddenly become extroverted.  (This isn’t another teen movie.)  Emily does learn, though, how to push her boundaries and gain the courage to do the things she’s always wanted to do.

I absolutely adored this book, and it really cemented Morgan Matson as one of my new favorite authors.  Excuse me while I read the rest of her catalog.

Final rating: ★★★★★

Book review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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As the daughter of a politician, Andie has led a very privileged life. She’s all set to spend her summer at an exclusive pre-pre-med program for high school students when she receives a devastating phone call: she’s been dropped from the program at the very last minute due to her father’s pending corruption investigation. Andie is angry. She’s lived her entire life as the perfect daughter. She’s carefully avoided doing anything that might reflect badly on her father. She’s gotten perfect grades in school. She arranged these plans months ago, and now something completely out of her control has ruined everything.

Now, instead of beefing up her resume and making her college applications look better, Andie’s stuck at home for the summer. All the good jobs are taken, and the only thing she can find is a flyer for walking dogs. It’s not something Andie would have chosen for herself, but her only other choice is sitting at home all summer, and who wants that?

Andie spends as much time out of the house as she possibly can. When she’s not working, she’s out with her friends. Her father was never around while she was growing up. After her mother died of ovarian cancer, he delegated the parenting duties to a long string of nannies, interns, and aides. But now, with his political career on hold due to the investigation, he’s home. All of a sudden, he feels like raising a child again, and Andie is furious at him for not only ruining her summer plans, but also imposing a curfew out of nowhere and putting an end to her free reign. While their summer starts out rocky, Andie and her father make a strong effort to repair their relationship and get back the connection they had when she was a young girl.

In the midst of everything, Andie meets Clark, a young, shy, homeschooled, best-selling author who is very much her opposite. They begin a relationship, and although Andie has previously adhered to a list of rules about dating (break up with them before they can break up with you, never date anyone longer than three weeks, never fall in love), she finds that Clark is different from any boy she’s been with before. Not only is Clark an amazing guy, but he fits right in with her tight-knit group of friends.

The Unexpected Everything is, like all of Matson’s books, very well-written. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s charming, and it’s cute. I loved that various characters from Since You’ve Been Gone kept popping up at the most opportune moments. I also loved what a big role animals played in this book, because you’ll rarely find me without my pets by my side. (In fact, I have a cat sleeping on my lap as I type this review.)

Was the book perfect? No. Not many books are. But I still gave it five stars because I loved it so much. I loved how it tackled balancing friendships, relationships, and family connections. It put me in a great mood.

And I would love to read Clark’s book. Can Matson do a Rainbow Rowell and actually publish A Murder of Crows? Please?

Final rating: ★★★★★