Morgan Matson, Brandy Colbert, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/4-6/10)

Were there authors you missed at BookCon? Never fear! This week is packed with author events that’ll make you feel like BookCon is still going on. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, June 4

Launch Party for Mayfly by Jeff Sweat at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Jeff Sweat as he introduces his debut futuristic thriller, Mayfly. Free event.

Tuesday, June 5

Launching Morgan Matson’s Save the Date at McNally Jackson Books – Prince Street (6 p.m.)

Meet Morgan Matson as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, Save the Date. Though books will already be pre-signed you can meet and chat with Morgan and get your books personalized. Free event.

Launch Event for Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join Kristina Perez and fellow authors, Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time) and Elizabeth Lim (Reflection), as they celebrate the release of Perez’s novel, Sweet Black Waves. Free event.

A Reading And Q&A With Brandy Colbert at The Langston Hughes House (7-9 p.m.)

Join award-winning author Brandy Colbert for a reading of her new novel, Finding Yvonne, followed by a Q&A. Free event.

Thursday, June 7

Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up at Astoria Bookshop (6:30 p.m.)

Join authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming), Anica Mrose Rissi (Always Forever Maybe), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) for a fun round-table discussion. Purchase of any of the authors’ new books is required to participate.

Friday, June 8

The Belles and Brujas Tour at Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (7 p.m.)

Authors Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born) and Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles) will be in conversation with Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess) and Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night). Free event.

Saturday, June 9

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Paul Noth (How to Sell Your Family to Aliens), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot Escapes), Gordon Korman (Whatshisface), Camille DeAngelis (The Boy From Tomorrow), Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Book of Boy), and Julie Berry (The Emperor’s Ostrich) for a middle grade event you won’t forget. Free event.

Meet Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet authors Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White for their new book, Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers. Free event.

Sunday, June 10

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Join Jeanne Birdsall as she introducers her novel, The Penderwicks at Last. Free event.

Kate Messner and Friends Talk Middle Grade at McNally Jackson – Williamsburg (4 p.m.)

Celebrate middle grade fiction with five exceptional authors. Free event.

ARC Book Review: Save the Date

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Synopsis:

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.

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Review

*I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book while interning at Simon & Schuster Children’s. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel will be released on June 5, 2018.*

I haven’t read all of Morgan Matson’s books yet, but I’ve read enough to feel confident saying this is her best novel to date. I couldn’t put this book down no matter how hard I tried (and I had a 17 page paper to write so I definitely tried).

The novel follows Charlie Grant during the weekend of her sister, Linnie’s, wedding. Although Charlie wants this to be the perfect weekend with her family, especially now that her parents are selling their house and her mother’s popular comic strip, Grant Family Station, is coming to an end, everything that could go wrong does.

First, Charlie’s estranged brother, Mike, actually accepts his invitation to Linnie’s wedding and his plus one is his best friend, Jesse, who Charlie has a huge crush on and kissed, though she doesn’t want Mike to know about that. From there, everything begins to fall apart from the wedding planner being AWOL to a missing wedding suit. As hard as Charlie tries, her hopes for a perfect weekend slip further and further away and it becomes clear that her life isn’t exactly like the life her mother depicts in her comics.

Charlie quickly realizes that her family is more flawed than she thought and she’ll have to figure out how to deal with the truth that sometimes things change and the only thing you can do is continue to move forward. Unlike Matson’s other novels, I’d say this one is really more about family than romance, though the romance is certainly there. That being said, it was the family that really hooked me.

I loved all the Grant siblings, though J.J. was certainly my favorite. Additionally, Matson did a great job of showing just how close this family was with all their quirks, shared secrets, and games. I also really liked the character of Brooke, the girlfriend of Charlie’s oldest and favorite sibling, Danny, and Charlie’s best friend, Siobhan. As always, there are also cameos from characters in Matson’s previous novels, which I absolutely loved, and honestly they may have made this book even more special to me.

So if you couldn’t already tell, I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. I can honestly see myself reading it again when it comes out. It’s just that good.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it!

Stars:

5 stars

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