My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Family Drama, Humor, Romance
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.
Morgan Matson didn’t write a book… She wrote a movie.
Truly, this content belongs on a huge Hollywood screen. I can easily picture myself laughing out loud at this wedding fiasco… at the movie theatre.
It’s definitely unrealistic. The thing is, I don’t at all mind producers stretching reality thin, but when authors do that in my contemporary reads, I get annoyed.
Fortunately, it is not all unrealistic. The characters very much feel real and the family drama entertained me. But although it’s a humorous story, I never actually laughed out loud.
My family is small. It consists of me, my mother and my brother. So because I don’t have more siblings, let alone a sister, Charlie’s family fascinated me. I grew attached to them. This almost makes me reconsider my movie statement since a comedy movie never lasts long enough and I need to spend lots of quality time with this family.
So I wouldn’t be opposed to a TV show if there’s enough content. What I’m saying is, I am not entirely pleased with this author—even if the storyline was quite entertaining—because I just know it in my heart that this is a story meant to be viewed, not read.
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