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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson. Two girls. One night. Zero phones. Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson. Two girls. One night. Zero phones. Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it all planned out. They’ll see a play, eat at the city’s hottest restaurant, and have the best. Night. Ever. What could go wrong? Well. Kind of a lot? They’re barely off the train before they’re dealing with destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians. Over the next few hours, they’ll have to grapple with old flames, terrible theater, and unhelpful cab drivers. But there are also cute boys to kiss, parties to crash, dry cleaning to deliver (don’t ask), and the world’s best museum to explore. Over the course of a wild night in the city that never sleeps, both Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future. That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.


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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson. Two girls. One night. Zero phones. Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson. Two girls. One night. Zero phones. Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it all planned out. They’ll see a play, eat at the city’s hottest restaurant, and have the best. Night. Ever. What could go wrong? Well. Kind of a lot? They’re barely off the train before they’re dealing with destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians. Over the next few hours, they’ll have to grapple with old flames, terrible theater, and unhelpful cab drivers. But there are also cute boys to kiss, parties to crash, dry cleaning to deliver (don’t ask), and the world’s best museum to explore. Over the course of a wild night in the city that never sleeps, both Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future. That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.

30 review for Take Me Home Tonight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    I'm so happy to have another Morgan Matson book in my hands!! I've read all of her books now and they never disappoint. Even my least favourites are still highly ranked. So I'd say TMHT falls somewhere in the middle. Save the Date is the other Matson book that comes to mind when reading this one, and that one would be my least favourite but this one was a lot more enjoyable. Save the Date was too frustrating and anxiety driving for me, and for some reason this one didn't have the same quality al I'm so happy to have another Morgan Matson book in my hands!! I've read all of her books now and they never disappoint. Even my least favourites are still highly ranked. So I'd say TMHT falls somewhere in the middle. Save the Date is the other Matson book that comes to mind when reading this one, and that one would be my least favourite but this one was a lot more enjoyable. Save the Date was too frustrating and anxiety driving for me, and for some reason this one didn't have the same quality although pretty much equally as chaotic. I think because it offered so much escapism it kind of negated that. New York is so vibrant in this book and you're completely swept away there alongside the characters. Stevie and Kat were both great leads with fantastic growth arcs. Stevie was really relatable for me. I loved seeing both of them learn more about themselves and what they actually want in life. I think the book captures all the up in the air decisions of high school really well. There are some cute romances in here, but I loved how the focus was on Kat and Stevie's friendship and also their individual self discovery. There's a side plot with Teri that is definitely kind of jarring and unbelievable, but I didn't mind it so much because I felt like it added a bit of comic relief and ridiculousness. This book did a good job of capturing the difficulties of high school friendships and that transformative period, but also managed to be really light and fluffy and easy to read. While it's one thing going wrong after another, I felt like the challenges helped the characters to develop and shine. Also there are some interesting cameos sooo, be prepared for that if you've read her other books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    emma

    new morgan matson??? out now??? AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS COMING?! who am i? what have i become? new morgan matson??? out now??? AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS COMING?! who am i? what have i become?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fairytalesbliss

    Another great coming-of-age story from Morgan Matson. I loved how Morgan handled everything in this one and I highly enjoyed this adventurous story set in New York. My only complaint is related to one of the cameos. I really don't understand what brought Morgan to bringing back this one character like this. Like, I usually do love the cameos, but this one only made me sad. I'd rather it didn't exist at all because this way, Morgan just ruined one of my all time favorite books of hers. I cannot acc Another great coming-of-age story from Morgan Matson. I loved how Morgan handled everything in this one and I highly enjoyed this adventurous story set in New York. My only complaint is related to one of the cameos. I really don't understand what brought Morgan to bringing back this one character like this. Like, I usually do love the cameos, but this one only made me sad. I'd rather it didn't exist at all because this way, Morgan just ruined one of my all time favorite books of hers. I cannot accept this. Just no. No, no, no. Morgan, take it back. Tell us you were only kidding, please. How could Morgan Matson have done THIS to us? I mean, I know everything can't be perfect, but it was not fair to do this WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    morgan matson: i- me: talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before in all seriousness, i've read every morgan matson to date and i need some new quality food pls morgan matson: i- me: talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before in all seriousness, i've read every morgan matson to date and i need some new quality food pls

  5. 4 out of 5

    sam

    I was provided with an early copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own ★★★☆☆ blog | instagram | twitter | pinterest Take Me Home Tonight is Morgan Matson's latest contemporary novel, which centers on the themes of friendship and self discovery. This is the second novel that I have read by her, the first one being Save the Date. While I didn't love this book as much as her other one, and it did have its faults, this was still a p I was provided with an early copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own ★★★☆☆ blog | instagram | twitter | pinterest Take Me Home Tonight is Morgan Matson's latest contemporary novel, which centers on the themes of friendship and self discovery. This is the second novel that I have read by her, the first one being Save the Date. While I didn't love this book as much as her other one, and it did have its faults, this was still a pretty decent read. What I love about Morgan Matson's content is that romance is usually never the focus of the book. This story follows Kat & Stevie, two best friends who, despite being very close, have been drifting apart for a while. They decide to spend the night in New York City with a clear plan in mind. However, everything starts to go wrong. Since the protagonist and her best friend are in a rough patch at the beginning of the book, there's a lot of navigation of their friendship and discovering things about each other that they didn't know before. Kat was an interesting character to read about. I'm not gonna lie - she did annoy me for most of the book but she did have a character arc and became less annoying later on. In terms of the companionship angle, this book definitely gets an A. However, I did find a lot of the things that happened too convenient? It was pretty wild but some of the things that happened were a little unbelievable and too far fetched. I mean, what are the odds that every crazy thing that could possibly happen, happened to them in one night? There was also the fact that the characters were, overall, pretty selfish and inconsiderate. I wasn't a huge fan of that. So while it did have a few problems, it still had a very big plus point. If you ever do pick this book up, read it for the friendship?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    'Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.' - William Butler Yeats While YA isn't my genre of choice, I always make time for Morgan Matson. She has been a consistent and solid author for me for years now. Like all of her books, Take Me Home Tonight was cute, fun, and quirky. She is so good at characterization and writes characters readers can easily love and identify with. This book reminded me so much of the movies Adventures in Babysitting and Fer 'Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.' - William Butler Yeats While YA isn't my genre of choice, I always make time for Morgan Matson. She has been a consistent and solid author for me for years now. Like all of her books, Take Me Home Tonight was cute, fun, and quirky. She is so good at characterization and writes characters readers can easily love and identify with. This book reminded me so much of the movies Adventures in Babysitting and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. My only grumble was Teri's storyline. It was...well...it was ridiculous. While I enjoyed Teri and the three children she was babysitting, I still found myself skimming that entire thread. It just didn't work, and honestly messed terribly with the flow of the story. Oh, and Brad was the star of the show, but you'll just have to read this to find out who Brad is. :) I can (and will) happily recommend Take Me Home Tonight. Available May 4, 2021. My heartfelt thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    jesse📚

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t laughed out loud reading a book in such a long time. Two months in 2021, and my reading year has gotten off to a great start. Books like Take Me Home make me love the joy of young love, meeting cute boys and the like, AGAIN. This book is so cute and so FUNNY, it actually lifted my moods. Take Me Home is a story about two girls: Kat and Stevie, and how one night stranded in N Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t laughed out loud reading a book in such a long time. Two months in 2021, and my reading year has gotten off to a great start. Books like Take Me Home make me love the joy of young love, meeting cute boys and the like, AGAIN. This book is so cute and so FUNNY, it actually lifted my moods. Take Me Home is a story about two girls: Kat and Stevie, and how one night stranded in New York changed their lives. It all started when Stevie’s Dad suddenly cancelled Stevie’s birthday dinner. In order to cheer Stevie up, Kat decided to plan a trip into the city all by themselves, without their parents’ knowledge. See the thing is, both Kat and Stevie are in the theatre club and Kat is hell-bent on getting the role of Cordelia in a production of King Lear. The trip to New York wasn’t just about cheering Stevie up: it’s also so she can meet with her theatre teacher to put in a good word for the casting, which had yet to be posted. So the two decided to travel to New York from Connecticut and asked their friend, Teri, to cover for them. However, the night that is supposed to be time of their lives took a turn to what might be the worst night of their lives when an incident with Stevie’s stepsister led to an incident with a Pomeranian, which led to an incident in the subway that got them separated. Oh, they also got mugged, met cute boys, ran into celebrities, and cabs who won’t accept a hundred dollar bill. At the same time, Teri, who was supposed to be covering for them ended up with an adventure involving three toddlers, the CIA, and the FBI. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds. Do I think this book stands out from other YA books? It doesn’t, if you only judge it from the synopsis. But do I think so after finishing the book? Yes. Personally, I haven’t read any Morgan Matson book other than Since You’ve Been Gone, which I didn’t finish, so I was quite unfamiliar with her books, but I do know that some of the characters from her other books made an appearance in this one (BECKETT!!!), so it’s really something to look forward to, if you’ve read her other books (aw man I kind of regret not reading the other books sooner but what’s done is done). I love this book so much. I can’t even remember why or how I came to DNF Since You’ve Been Gone. Morgan Matson highlights the ups and downs of the teenage life; it highlights friendship, cute romance, and then mixed them up with comedy. But most of all, this book is more about finding yourself, and figuring out what you really want. It’s entertaining, relatable, light, and also fun to read. The writing of this book is very easy to get into. The characters are—despite making stupid decisions along the book—very relatable. While Kat and Stevie weren’t together for most part of the book, the POVs and what happened between these two girls are written in such a good way and I love how the plot interloped and everything comes into full circle. The only downside of this book is that I really don’t like what happened to Teri. I can’t click with it and it feels more like an odd piece of the book. Though it was fun and matched the atmosphere of the book (it was wild!), it doesn’t add any depth to Stevie and Kat’s story and it feels so out of place. I feel like it would be better to just not include it at all. I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I would make a mental note to check Morgan Matson’s other books! If you’re looking for a quick, light read, or if you just want to feel the New York atmosphere, this book is definitely recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    “It was snowing, after all, and I was in New York City. You couldn’t not take a moment to appreciate it.” This was such a fun, adventurous YA book centering around friendship, following your dreams and finding yourself in a big city. Kat and Stevie, high school seniors and BFF theater kids, could have settled for a quiet Friday night in. Instead, Kat convinces Stevie to take a trip into New York City to grab dinner and possibly see their theater teacher’s play in an attempt to get in his good gra “It was snowing, after all, and I was in New York City. You couldn’t not take a moment to appreciate it.” This was such a fun, adventurous YA book centering around friendship, following your dreams and finding yourself in a big city. Kat and Stevie, high school seniors and BFF theater kids, could have settled for a quiet Friday night in. Instead, Kat convinces Stevie to take a trip into New York City to grab dinner and possibly see their theater teacher’s play in an attempt to get in his good graces. What starts out as a semi-solid plan turns into a night of adventure when the girls get separated, phoneless, in the big city. Filled with twists and humor, this story brings the chaos of a November night they’ll never forget. This story definitely hit home for me as I myself grew up in suburban Connecticut just like Kat and Stevie. I’ve had a lot of my own experiences taking the metro north train into the city and I can still remember the rush of going for the first time without my parents. Although I actually had their permission unlike Kat and Stevie 🙈 I really enjoyed the format of this book. It was broken up into parts based on timeframes throughout the night and included both Kat and Stevie’s perspectives. Being able to read from the point of view of both girls added so much depth and understanding to the story. We also get short glimpses of the girls’ friend Teri, who’s back in Connecticut covering for Kat and Stevie, and oh boy, does she have quite the adventure of her own. I loved that the major focus of this book was friendship and dynamics of best friends when they’re approaching a future where they want to do different things. Both Kat and Stevie grow and change so much, even if it’s only over the course of one night. They both come to learn more about themselves and each other and this made for such a satisfying story overall. I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention one of the biggest stars in this book, Brad the Pomeranian. He was a huge catalyst for a lot of the plot and also a super cute little pup! This book is perfect for anyone who loves New York City or for anyone who wishes to go there one day -this story captured the atmosphere and essence of the city so well and made me want to take the train in as soon as possible.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    ****THANK YOU RIVETED BY SIMON TEEN & GOODREADS FOR THE ARC**** This book got better the moment Kat and Stevie split up in New York. This forced them outside their comfort zone and made them grow separately. They gained perspective being away from one another. Kat had a very black and white point of view on her passions and on people. She had to learn to be more flexible and reflective in this book to counteract that. First, she was so used to bull-dozing people and getting her way. However, she ****THANK YOU RIVETED BY SIMON TEEN & GOODREADS FOR THE ARC**** This book got better the moment Kat and Stevie split up in New York. This forced them outside their comfort zone and made them grow separately. They gained perspective being away from one another. Kat had a very black and white point of view on her passions and on people. She had to learn to be more flexible and reflective in this book to counteract that. First, she was so used to bull-dozing people and getting her way. However, she learned that she couldn’t force people or situations into what she wanted. She tried to push Stevie, but she pushed too hard, wanting Stevie to follow along on her master plan. (view spoiler)[She also tried to bull-doze her way into getting the play part (hide spoiler)] . Second, she was used to casting her judgments without looking at another person’s perspective. She already judged Stevie assuming she left her behind, and she already judged Beckett was terrible because Stevie and him broke up. She learned to take a step back and think more about people’s perspective and feelings. She also realized that she was privileged with her wealthy family when she saw how hard Cary was working to pay for college. She began to see that a lot of people had it harder than her, while she complained about rather shallow things. Honestly, it was easy to be annoyed at Kat for most of the book because her selfishness really in her single-mindedness, judgment, and self-absorbedness. In particular, I hated that Kat chose kissing up to Mr. Campbell to get a part over Stevie (especially when it was Stevie’s birthday!). However, by the end of the book, I really did see her tackle these flaws and grow from them. It was good character development. I was relieved when she started apologizing to Stevie, taking accountability, and realizing her world was bigger than getting the next big part in her high school’s theater department. Stevie, on the other hand, had to learn to speak up about her honest feelings and give her stepfamily a chance. It was frustrating to see her not be honest with her feelings, especially when she was clearly distraught. Her relationship with her dad was messy, but relatable. When she finally spoke up to him about what he was doing wrong, I was proud of her. Also, a surprising part of the book was seeing her spend time with her stepfamily. She was so focused on winning her dad’s affections and being jealous that she didn’t them a chance. They turned out to be really cool, friendly people. I was not expecting them to be honest. I loved Matty and Margaux. Matty was helpful throughout Stevie’s journey to get Mallory’s keys so she could grab her stuff. He was nice to her even when they barely knew each other, and it was obvious that Stevie was the one dismissing the chances to get closer. I really liked him. It was fun to see these best friends go on separate adventures, and consequently, grow and become better people. Even though this whole adventure started with a mistake and chaos ensuing (mostly Kat’s fault), as I was reading the last bit of the book, I realized that I guess it was all meant to be. If Kat wasn’t selfish about going to the play… and if Stevie wasn’t such a pushover with her dad regarding her birthday dinner, this adventure wouldn’t have happened. They needed this catalyst to launch them to a new perspective without the crutch of the other person. I also adored Cary, the love interest for Kat. He was sweet and loved all his many random part-time jobs. He was a hard-working guy, and he helped Kat many times throughout the book. Teri – Originally, I didn’t care for her kidnapping story. It felt really random. By the end though, it was kinda fun, and I saw her growth too. That night also worked out the best for her, as she grew more confident in her decisions (and also found a new, better boyfriend). The cameo: (view spoiler)[ I always looked forward to the character cameos in every book. I felt conflicted about this one. I was utterly shocked. I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour several years ago, and to be honest, I forgot who Lucien was. I had to read back to refresh my memory. I really liked Lucien when I read it. However, I was SHOCKED to see Amy and Lucien being engaged. Especially because Amy and Roger are LITERALLY in the title of the book. Especially because we saw Amy and Roger being a couple still in Second Chance Summer. I know it has been many years since then, and I know high school romance can be flaky, but in general, I’m not a fan of reading a YA with romance that is just going to be temporary. I felt like this cameo ruined that book for me a bit. To be fair, I did really like Lucien. He was the sweetest in that book and helped Amy a lot. I have no problems with him. It’s just a little disorienting to wrap my head around a different ending for Amy and Roger’s story… finding out that they didn’t end up together. (hide spoiler)] 3 stars. I love me some character developments. Both Kat and Stevie grew a lot through the course of one adventured-filled night. It got frustrating at times, but ultimately, I was proud of their growth. Their friendship also became healthier by the end. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Happy, open-ended (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No, no, medium (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Stevie got attached to Brad, the dog, even though she hated him before. When Stevie got closer to Matty as he helped her get Mallory’s keys. When Kat and Cary reunited at the end, right before she reunited with Stevie because he knew he was going to be there and wanted to ask her out. When Stevie and Kat reunited and Kat apologized and took accountability. When Teri made it back home and realized what a crazy adventure she had and that a CIA agent asked if she wanted to join the profession in the future, and she and Dustin started dating. The ending with the play and Kat branching out from Mr. Campbell’s theater and realizing how toxic he was, and starting doing dance and other areas together. When both Stevie’s and Kat’s family, and Cary, were in the audience waiting for the play. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brooke H

    UPDATE: OMG WE HAVE A TITLE IM SO EXCITED😭😭 June 20/19: A MORGAN MATSON BOOK THAT HAS NO TITLE OR DETAILS ABOUT ANYTHING YET?? ABSOLUTELY I’LL ADD TO MY TBR, IT’S MORGAN-FREAKIN-MATSON, you just KNOW it’s gonna be good👌🏻

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    okay so i was super looking forward to this book and i was so obsessed with morgan branching out from her usual type of story! this is definitely different from her other books - partially because it's not set in the summer and partially because it has multiple POVs - and even though the vibe does feel a little different at times, it's also totally morgan. she does such a great job of creating a FEELING and writing about setting in a way that's transportive and immersive. i FELT like i was in ne okay so i was super looking forward to this book and i was so obsessed with morgan branching out from her usual type of story! this is definitely different from her other books - partially because it's not set in the summer and partially because it has multiple POVs - and even though the vibe does feel a little different at times, it's also totally morgan. she does such a great job of creating a FEELING and writing about setting in a way that's transportive and immersive. i FELT like i was in new york and i spent the whole time wishing i was there with my own best friend. the different perspectives were really fun and interesting - although i didn't really love teri's pov ): - and i think it really did a lot for the two main characters to show their individual arcs. personally i really connected to stevie and her arc, and it was really cool to see her grow as the book goes on. also can we PLEASE talk about the CAMEOS!!!! there were a few really juicy ones and even though the one at the end took me by surprise it was also really sweet! it's so great getting to see morgan's old characters brought back to life in a new light. AND BRAD WAS SO STINKIN CUTE I LOVE HIM SO MUCH i don't think this is my favorite morgan matson book (just because some of her others are SO GREAT), but i really loved what this book's core message was, that you shouldn't just accept life as you think it should be, you can take the time to change and evolve and try new things no matter where you are in life. and i think that's especially poignant after a year of living in a pandemic. even more so when it's set in the wonderful city of new york where everything is chaotic and cooky and fun. i will always and forever be a morgan matson fan, and i'm so excited to see where she goes next now that she's exploring new types of writing!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Melissasbooks)

    *Copy provided by Simon Schuster Books. All opinions are my own* This book kept me on the edge of my seat and made me laugh out loud so much. I never read a Morgan Matson book before, so I didn't know what to expect going into this. It took me a while to get into the story, but when I was about 100 pages in I was hooked. I seriously did not want to put this down. Kat and Stevie are two great main characters and I loved seeing them grow throughout the book. Not to forget, their amazing friendship. *Copy provided by Simon Schuster Books. All opinions are my own* This book kept me on the edge of my seat and made me laugh out loud so much. I never read a Morgan Matson book before, so I didn't know what to expect going into this. It took me a while to get into the story, but when I was about 100 pages in I was hooked. I seriously did not want to put this down. Kat and Stevie are two great main characters and I loved seeing them grow throughout the book. Not to forget, their amazing friendship. It's great to see how two people with different views on things compliment each other so well. I really liked the multiple POV's even though I didn't really enjoy Teri's POV since I feel like it was a little rushed and didn't add much to the story. Overall this is a great book and I will definitely recommend it to all the contemporary lovers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. In Take Me Home Tonight , Morgan Matson's new YA novel, when two best friends sneak out for a night in NYC, they get an evening they never imagined. Kat and Stevie are best friends. They couldn’t be more different from each other in many ways, but they’re both theater kids, and their lives often revolve around the fall play and the spring musical. And they mostly tell each other everything. Right? When Stevie’s plans to celebrate her 18th birthday in NYC fall apart, Kat decides that t 3.5 stars. In Take Me Home Tonight , Morgan Matson's new YA novel, when two best friends sneak out for a night in NYC, they get an evening they never imagined. Kat and Stevie are best friends. They couldn’t be more different from each other in many ways, but they’re both theater kids, and their lives often revolve around the fall play and the spring musical. And they mostly tell each other everything. Right? When Stevie’s plans to celebrate her 18th birthday in NYC fall apart, Kat decides that they should go into the city anyway. They’ll go see a play, go to the restaurant Stevie was supposed to, and have an incredible time. (Of course, Kat has an ulterior motive beyond doing something nice for her friend, but whatevs.) So they sneak into NYC (their parents would never let them go to the city alone on a Friday night) and get ready for a memorable night. And that’s what they get, complete with family drama, a dog that likes to wander, broken phones, and even the possibility of romance. At the same time, they’ll have to confront their fears about the future and explore the rough spots in their friendship. I grew up about an hour outside of NYC so I love stories that take place there, and as a theater kid, I stan books about them. This was a cute story, balancing serious and silly (there’s an awesome joke about Paul Rudd, whom I’m obsessed with). The characters aren’t perfect—Kat, in particular, is fairly ridiculous—but there is growth in their arcs. While there definitely were some coincidences and situations that made me say “Really?”, the one thing that didn’t work for me in Take Me Home Tonight was a secondary plot line involving the girls’ other best friend, Teri. If it had been removed, I don’t the book would have missed it. Having been a YA fan for so long I can’t believe this is my first Morgan Matson book, but I’ll definitely remedy that!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    Okay this is like my new favorite book. Everything was just perfect. And it made me laugh out loud so much, like it was just too good. (view spoiler)[ EXCEPT THAT FACT THAT AMY AND ROGER FROM AMY AND ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR BROKE UP. LIKE WHAT THE HELL. THEY CAN'T BREAK UP. THE TITLE IS LITERALLY AMY AND ROGER. AND LIKE HOW, WHY, WHEN?? I NEED THE DETAILS OMG (hide spoiler)] Okay this is like my new favorite book. Everything was just perfect. And it made me laugh out loud so much, like it was just too good. (view spoiler)[ EXCEPT THAT FACT THAT AMY AND ROGER FROM AMY AND ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR BROKE UP. LIKE WHAT THE HELL. THEY CAN'T BREAK UP. THE TITLE IS LITERALLY AMY AND ROGER. AND LIKE HOW, WHY, WHEN?? I NEED THE DETAILS OMG (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    When I tell you I can't wait for this book...I love you Morgan Matson When I tell you I can't wait for this book...I love you Morgan Matson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. Take Me Home Tonight was my first Morgan Matson book, so I was really excited to dive in! I've heard wonderful things about this author their books, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. I liked that this story was about Kat and Stevie's friendship, and enjoyed seeing t I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. Take Me Home Tonight was my first Morgan Matson book, so I was really excited to dive in! I've heard wonderful things about this author their books, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. I liked that this story was about Kat and Stevie's friendship, and enjoyed seeing the two of them become closer friends by the end. They had to take different paths, but both needed to learn certain truths about themselves. There were just a few things that irked me about the book, which is why I didn't give it more stars. I think Kat was a crutch for Stevie and vice versa. Stevie never wanted to feel like a burden, so she always said things were fine even when they weren't. If Kat was around, she wouldn't let Stevie suffer in silence, and oftentimes forcefully took charge of a situation. Stevie's coffee was made wrong? Stevie says it's fine, but Kat ignores her and has the barista remake the drink. When Kat is obsessing over a casting or wanting to run lines for a play, Stevie indulges her instead of telling her she's being insane. I completely understood Kat's dedication, but hated how consumed she was by one thing. She didn't allow herself to have other hobbies or a life outside of theater. Of the two characters, I preferred Stevie. Her problems were more relatable and she was easier to tolerate. They both were incredibly frustrating characters, and it took the better part of the book for them to grow on me. I think losing each other in the city was a much needed wakeup call for them both. They may have initially jumped to the wrong conclusions, but their experiences helped bring certain aspects of their lives into perspective. Unfortunately, I had to suspend my disbelief for this book to work. Everything that happened was either too convenient or too unbelievable. I can understand certain things happening unexpectedly (like running into someone you JUST met at a bodega later on). It wasn't likely to happen, but still possible. However, there were a lot of these moments peppered in throughout the book. Like what happened to Stevie after getting off the subway (super weird and not at all believable), or how they both kept running into people they knew in a city that was as unfamiliar as it was large. The characters were confronted with coincidence after coincidence, and everything seemed to work out for the best. I also hated Teri's storyline and wish it didn't exist. We don't know enough about her as a character for her to have this strange subplot. What happens to Teri is totally unexpected and hits you in the face like a foul ball off a broken bat. It was as shocking as it was painful to read. I cringed every time we flashed to what was happening with her while Kat and Stevie were off on their separate life-changing adventures. It made absolutely no sense and wasn't even remotely realistic. I would say more, but I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who want to read the book. I always struggle with books when I don't like the main character(s) or have trouble relating to them. Kat and Stevie were interesting enough to read about, and I also think the author captured their ages and level of maturity really well, but there was something off-putting about them both. They're still young and figuring themselves out, and I think that's what this book is really about. Kat and Stevie have an authentic high school friendship, one that grows and changes over time. They aren't the same people they were four years ago, but they're also not the same people they were yesterday. They both say things to each other that cut deep, but that are also true and come from a place of love. It's hard to hear sometimes, but I have hope for their friendship after the end of this book. They've both learned so much about themselves in a single night, and hopefully that means certain changes will take place in the future. I absolutely loved Cary and all of his various jobs! However, there's a REALLY BIG spoiler for Top Gun, if you haven't seen the movie. I also liked Mateo (Matty) and thought his friends were funny. I would've enjoyed seeing more of them. Did I absolutely love and swoon over this book? No. Was it an authentic portrayal of teenagers lost in New York City? Eh. Was it fun to read? Mostly. I may not have liked Kat and Stevie, but I do think they are characters people will be able to relate to (especially people around their age). Additionally, the formatting for this book was weird, but you get used to it. The random flashes to Teri (ugh), the fact that we only get Kat's perspective for the first part of the book and then randomly get Stevie's POV (though much needed), made this book feel unorganized and all over the place. Again, you get used to it, but you really have to pay attention the the chapter headers. I honestly can't say whether or not I would recommend Take Me Home Tonight, because I don't have strong feelings about it either way. I didn't love or hate it, but did enjoy it enough to keep reading. You should see my copy of the book - so many sticky notes! Maybe I'll post pictures later, haha. If you've liked the author's previous books, you might like this one, but I don't have anything to compare it to. If you've already read this one, I'd love to chat about it. (★★⋆☆☆) Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin' | Amazon | Pinterest

  17. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    review to come! Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for this ARC Release Date: 7 July 2021

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    2.5 I am of the belief that a book should never take you longer to read than the amount of time that passes in the story. This is why I think books set over the course of 24 hours should NEVER be longer than 300 pages. This is how I knew after the first 20 pages were spent entirely on the main character walking to her next class that this book was going to test my patience and my love of Morgan Matson books. Unfortunately, I was right. This book was WAY too long, it went in so many weird directio 2.5 I am of the belief that a book should never take you longer to read than the amount of time that passes in the story. This is why I think books set over the course of 24 hours should NEVER be longer than 300 pages. This is how I knew after the first 20 pages were spent entirely on the main character walking to her next class that this book was going to test my patience and my love of Morgan Matson books. Unfortunately, I was right. This book was WAY too long, it went in so many weird directions that didn't make sense, it (view spoiler)[broke up Amy and Roger of Amy and Roger's Epic Detour for no reason at all (like seriously who asked for that?) (hide spoiler)] , and it required way too much suspension of disbelief for me to ever fully be on board with the plot. I didn't really like any of the characters, and I always forgot whose chapters I was reading because Stevie and Kat's voices were not distinct enough. This was just not it, which is disappointing because I've never not liked a Morgan Matson book. To be fair to the book though, I am an asshole who stopped caring about teenagers the second I turned 20, and I haven't really loved a YA book since then. I just thought that Morgan Matson was going to be the one author that could get me to love a YA at the old age of 22, but this book was just not very good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trianna/Treereads

    IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO THIS BOOK COMPLETELY BLIND, DON'T READ MY THOUGHTS. There are not specific spoilers, but there are emotional spoilers/how I felt reading this. This book hurt me like I never thought a YA contemporary (contemporary romance??) could. Anyways. I love Morgan Matson a lot and this was just not it for me. It's messy and legit doesn't make sense in a lot of points. I've always enjoyed the cameos from her other books, but this was just too much AND THE ENDING WITH THE MAJOR CAMEO? IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO THIS BOOK COMPLETELY BLIND, DON'T READ MY THOUGHTS. There are not specific spoilers, but there are emotional spoilers/how I felt reading this. This book hurt me like I never thought a YA contemporary (contemporary romance??) could. Anyways. I love Morgan Matson a lot and this was just not it for me. It's messy and legit doesn't make sense in a lot of points. I've always enjoyed the cameos from her other books, but this was just too much AND THE ENDING WITH THE MAJOR CAMEO? TAKE IT BACK. I'm a bit hesitant to give this a star rating since I am an adult reading YA, but I also have been a huge MM fan for years so even though this book is aimed for teens, it also is written for her fans (due to the obscene number of cameos) and thus I feel comfortable rating it low. Basically I finished this and then stared at my ceiling for an hour BECAUSE HOW DARE YOU MS. MATSON???? more thoughts to come maybe. *Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    I have been enjoying YA lately, so when I seen this on @netgalley and the synopsis sounded super fun, I knew I wanted to read it! Kat and Stevie are 2 best friends who live in the suburbs of NYC, and they sneak away for a few hours of fun in the Big Apple! This was a pretty fun read! It was like taking a little trip to NYC! 2 friends, lots of entertainment, adventure, boys, animals!! it was enjoyable and I always love a book set in NYC! Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the gifted copy I have been enjoying YA lately, so when I seen this on @netgalley and the synopsis sounded super fun, I knew I wanted to read it! Kat and Stevie are 2 best friends who live in the suburbs of NYC, and they sneak away for a few hours of fun in the Big Apple! This was a pretty fun read! It was like taking a little trip to NYC! 2 friends, lots of entertainment, adventure, boys, animals!! it was enjoyable and I always love a book set in NYC! Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the gifted copy! All opinions are my own!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I loved this book so much and didn't expect to!! It was a super fun, cute, and easy read, yet it still dealt with many important topics - friendship, teenage love, family, communication, figuring out your identity etc. The characters also definitely grew a lot throughout the novel which I liked! I did find the large amount of references and whole side plot with Teri both a little weird and unnecessary but they didn't bother me a whole lot and I was still able to enjoy the rest o Rating: 4.5 Stars I loved this book so much and didn't expect to!! It was a super fun, cute, and easy read, yet it still dealt with many important topics - friendship, teenage love, family, communication, figuring out your identity etc. The characters also definitely grew a lot throughout the novel which I liked! I did find the large amount of references and whole side plot with Teri both a little weird and unnecessary but they didn't bother me a whole lot and I was still able to enjoy the rest of the book. Overall, I would recommend if your looking for a great summer read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    3.5 As a theater kid myself, I always adore when characters are as passionate on the subject as I am! New York is also one of my favorite settings so I had to pick this up! Starting off with discussing the main characters of this story, I thought they were both characters that we got to see their good and bad side quite well. They both grow together and individually in this tale is a true coming of age fashion. But I did find Kat a harder character to love because I found her really selfish multi 3.5 As a theater kid myself, I always adore when characters are as passionate on the subject as I am! New York is also one of my favorite settings so I had to pick this up! Starting off with discussing the main characters of this story, I thought they were both characters that we got to see their good and bad side quite well. They both grow together and individually in this tale is a true coming of age fashion. But I did find Kat a harder character to love because I found her really selfish multiples times in the story and it really irritated me. She does get better further down the story. Plot-wise, I thought the story constantly got better the more I was reading and I was entertained. The constant coincidences and mishaps keep the story going. But I really found Teri's side-plot unnecessary. It just didn't fit in with the rest of the book. Due to Kat's initial personality and Teri's side adventure bothering me, I couldn't rate this higher than 3,5. But I can definitely see an audience that could fall in love in love with this book. Thank you, NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and Morgan Matson for the arc!

  23. 4 out of 5

    B | crumbledpages

    3.5 stars. Not as good as Since You've Been Gone (obviously) but not as bad as Save The Date. Full review to come on www.crumbledpages.com 3.5 stars. Not as good as Since You've Been Gone (obviously) but not as bad as Save The Date. Full review to come on www.crumbledpages.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. Before you read this review you need to know I am a Morgan Matson fangirl. She literally has never written anything that I haven’t loved. (I even reread Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and upped my rating!!) There is just something about her books that I click with. And t This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. Before you read this review you need to know I am a Morgan Matson fangirl. She literally has never written anything that I haven’t loved. (I even reread Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and upped my rating!!) There is just something about her books that I click with. And that was even more the case with Take Me Home Tonight. And the more I am removed from reading it the more I find myself loving it. It was utter perfection! Take Me Home Tonight is about best friends Kat and Stevie, both theater kids, but both with different personalities. When their plans change on a Friday Kat convinces Stevie they should go to NYC for the night. They’ll hang out and laugh and enjoy a dinner to celebrate Stevie’s birthday. Sure Kat had an ulterior motive for going but Stevie doesn’t need to know that. The most important thing is that they get back to Grand Central by midnight. Too bad the universe is working against them. Not only do they end up without their phones, they end up without each other. But a night apart may be just what they need to understand more about themselves and their friendship. What a journey Matson takes you on in Take Me Home Tonight. On the surface it appears to be a story about two friends spending the night in New York without their parents knowledge. But the book is so much more than that. Stevie learns to standup for herself and to say how she feels. She learns that she is capable to be on her own without Kat. She can handle situations and not stand in the shadows. And Kat learns that not everything has to be about her. She doesn’t need to be in charge or front and center. She needs to think about others and how her choices impacts them. It is about 2 girls standing on their own away from each other and staring life in the face. Kat let's go some of her control and finds magic in a boy she never expected. And Stevie finally says what she needs in her life. Each girl grows in the span of a night and it is magical to experience and it leaves you wanting more and more and more. I don’t know if it is because I haven’t been able to go to New York in almost 2 years, or if it is the friendship aspect of the story, or the Morgan Matson character cameos, it is cameo heavy and I love it. Whatever it was, Take Me Home Tonight is right up there on the top of my Matson love list. It is a book that gets better and better the more you think about it…even the weird, whacky part (especially if you are a fan of 80s movies and you can recognize which one the whacky part is based off of). No matter what though, you need this book in your life. Actually you need all of Morgan’s books in your life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    sarah

    Crazy city adventure? Relatable characters? (it was Stevie in my case) You got it! Morgan Matson never fails to deliver. That was 24hrs of super fun and fast-paced storytelling 👌🏻 Throughout the course of this night, they were really put in situations that made them question their friendship and future decisions. There are a lot of realizations, lessons learned, and introspection from our characters. What can I say? I have always been a softie for friendship arcs, and like any other Morgan Matson Crazy city adventure? Relatable characters? (it was Stevie in my case) You got it! Morgan Matson never fails to deliver. That was 24hrs of super fun and fast-paced storytelling 👌🏻 Throughout the course of this night, they were really put in situations that made them question their friendship and future decisions. There are a lot of realizations, lessons learned, and introspection from our characters. What can I say? I have always been a softie for friendship arcs, and like any other Morgan Matson book, it was WHOLESOME ♥️ There’s also a bit of romance here and there, but that wasn’t even the highlight. It was Kat and Stevie’s friendship that really stood out and I couldn’t have had it any other way. Soul mates aren’t just lovers, you know. —Ryn Weaver, “Traveling Song” Note: I think the cameos were a bit spoilery tho since I haven’t read some of her previous works 😅

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    So. Many. Adventures. I think the movie I was most reminded of was 'Adventures In Babysitting,' at least for one of our protagonists. This started out a wee bit slow. Who cares about the list? I was thinking -- get on the train already. Go to NYC -- the city that never sleeps. I don't for one second believe that you will make it back to Connecticut by curfew. Was I ever right. Kat and Stevie have their plans, but they are barely off the train in Grand Central Station when new variables come into So. Many. Adventures. I think the movie I was most reminded of was 'Adventures In Babysitting,' at least for one of our protagonists. This started out a wee bit slow. Who cares about the list? I was thinking -- get on the train already. Go to NYC -- the city that never sleeps. I don't for one second believe that you will make it back to Connecticut by curfew. Was I ever right. Kat and Stevie have their plans, but they are barely off the train in Grand Central Station when new variables come into play for them -- and for their good friend and alibi, Teri. In the end, I found this book to be such a satisfying blend of genres: mystery, thriller, romcom, and a friendship story. NYC does not disappoint and shines as the duo has to navigate her streets with old school technology. This is going to be on my short list of books I recommend to teens at my library if they are in a reading slump. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rida Quraishi

    Honestly, I have no idea what to rate this book... I'm contemplating between 3 and 5 so I might just give it 4 for now. Might change it later. This book probably had the most chaotic and bizarre energy that I've ever got through a book. I couldn't really see the point of a lot of the the thing that were happening in here, and I had no idea where it was going. Yet, I still had fun with all the chaos that was thrown my way. Sometimes, things seemed too convenient and although, I do agree that the w Honestly, I have no idea what to rate this book... I'm contemplating between 3 and 5 so I might just give it 4 for now. Might change it later. This book probably had the most chaotic and bizarre energy that I've ever got through a book. I couldn't really see the point of a lot of the the thing that were happening in here, and I had no idea where it was going. Yet, I still had fun with all the chaos that was thrown my way. Sometimes, things seemed too convenient and although, I do agree that the world is a small place and coincidences do happen, I still had to accept some events in here with a pinch of salt. The story is about two best friends, Kat and Stevie, who are considered to be joint at the hip since they're always together, prefer the same things, complete each other's sentences, love acting and are in the same plays, musicals, and all that. They live in the suburbs and Stevie's dad lives in New York City, who invites her to a 5-star restaurant for her birthday dinner. But due to unprecedented circumstances, he cannot make it and asks her to go with her mom. Kat then makes up this brilliant plan of going to New York City together and having a gala time with her best friend, and they'd also get to see the play hosted by their drama teacher, Mr. Campbell. Everything is planned to the T, they doll up and leave for New York City together with excitement and jitters, but as most plans go this one also went down the drain. They get separated, with no phones and barely any money, after a bad fight and have no idea how to reach the other person. They eventually have their own experiences in the city, learn a lot about themselves and the people they meet along the way, but would they find their way back to each other? After saying all the things they said, would the friendship between them still be the same? I really enjoy Morgan Matson's writing and she writes great friendship stories. I love the fact that her books, as many as I've read, are not just about the romance in them. It's mostly about relationships as a whole, be it with the characters themselves, friends, family, or a partner. Kat, for most of the book was very irritating for me and it was difficult to like her. I really liked Stevie and her story. Teri (the third friend in their group), who is "supposedly" hosting Kat and Stevie for a sleepover (that's the story Kat and Stevie give to their parents) was okayish. I mean, I don't think her character was developed enough for me to feel anything about her. And although her experiences were the most bizarre of all the three, I think the author could have done without it. I do not see the purpose behind it. In all, the book had its ups and downs. Some parts were reeeaaally good but some just weren't no matter how much I try to justify it in my head.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson was one of my most anticipated reads this spring since I love books with both chaos and companionship. This book delivers on both aspects, as the main characters spend a wild night in New York City and discover more about themselves and each other during their adventures. However, too much of the story is far-fetched, and some of the plot is unnecessary, especially considering the length of the book. This may not be my favouri Full Review on The Candid Cover Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson was one of my most anticipated reads this spring since I love books with both chaos and companionship. This book delivers on both aspects, as the main characters spend a wild night in New York City and discover more about themselves and each other during their adventures. However, too much of the story is far-fetched, and some of the plot is unnecessary, especially considering the length of the book. This may not be my favourite of Morgan Matson’s books, but I can’t deny that it is so much fun. When best friends Stevie and Kat sneak out to spend a night in New York City, their adventure ends up wilder than they anticipated. Over the course of a few hours, they get separated without their phones, acquire a Pomeranian, and learn more about themselves in the process. New York City itself comes to life, and I loved getting to experience the vibrant city at night along with Stevie and Kat. ❀ FOCUS ON FRIENDSHIP What I especially enjoyed about the book is its focus on friendship. Stevie and Kat are opposites–Stevie is quieter and Kat is the more adventurous one–but this is what balances them out. Through the dual perspectives, it is easy to feel their closeness, and this makes it easy to root for them. Both characters also have their flaws, and while I didn’t like all of their decisions, it makes them more realistic. ❀ SOME FAR-FETCHED PLOT LINES While I always love a story about friendship, much of this book is a little too ridiculous, which negatively impacted my enjoyment of it as a whole. Most of the plot is based on weird coincidences and outrageous twists, which become too much at times. At first, these are amusing, but I quickly got tired of the far-fetched plot lines and was wishing for a little more realism. Teri’s POV in particular is way too unbelievable to be entertaining, and it could have been cut without affecting the story at all. ❀ UPBEAT READ Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson is a story of spontaneity and friendship. I loved the New York setting, and both main characters complement each other well. Unfortunately, too much of the book is unbelievable, which took away from my overall enjoyment. While some of the book wasn’t for me, I would still recommend this one to those looking for an upbeat read about female friendship.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Najwa | najreads

    4/5 🌟 I think Morgan Matson really nailed this one off the park. I never doubted her for a second, but this came off as a nice surprise because Morgan Matson wrote this out from her usual summer setting but still made this hella adventurous and enjoyable. As a theatre nerd myself, going to New York has always been a dream of mine. This book brought me to all of New York - it was a dream! Being it takes place in one night, Morgan Matson’s wrote this in a very specific and descriptive manner that I 4/5 🌟 I think Morgan Matson really nailed this one off the park. I never doubted her for a second, but this came off as a nice surprise because Morgan Matson wrote this out from her usual summer setting but still made this hella adventurous and enjoyable. As a theatre nerd myself, going to New York has always been a dream of mine. This book brought me to all of New York - it was a dream! Being it takes place in one night, Morgan Matson’s wrote this in a very specific and descriptive manner that I really felt like I was there with Kat & Stevie, experiencing the night in NYC! This book actually reminds me a lot of New York Minute starring the Olsen twins, remember that movie? Another thing I love about Morgan Matson’s writing is that her characters are always so well-developed following the flow of the book. If you can’t tell by now, I love character-driven books and most of Morgan’s books that I’ve read are character-driven the way it was written is so so good. The friendship between Kat & Stevie was pure teen bffs and so so accurately well-written. Making bad, YOLO decicions - pure teenage life. The subtle romance that she fits into the narrative was sweet and not too over the top that it suits the storyline that it still leaves you aww-ing. THE FAMILY ELEMENT!!!!! Stevie and her step-siblings!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing how they progress their relationship in just one night!! Stevie slowly warming up to them and realizing that she loves them - it’s so wholesome! God you know how much of a sucker I am for family and friendship in books. Stevie is now my comfort character. I’ve only read three of Morgan Matson’s book - well four, including this one - and I’ve got to say that she hasn’t disappoint me yet so far. I would always recommend you guys to read Morgan Matson’s books if you wanna try a contemporary that’s out of the usual romance trope and focusing more on friendship and family because Morgan Matson is so so good at addressing these dynamics, and I love her for that! I do have some minor problems with it - especially some things that happened to them are a bit too unrealistic and it came off easy for them but I manage to sweep that off the rug because I enjoyed the hell out of this! Thanks to #pansing @definitelybooks for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this one more than I think I would. It is a good coming-of-age novel that centres around friendship and self-discovery that I wished I would read when I was a teenager. Pick it up now guys, this book is now available at all good bookstores!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elana

    Finally getting around to writing a review for this book! It was so nice to have a Morgan Matson book in my hands again! This was a delightful read about friendship, New York City, and growing up and moving on that really made me happy. This is not my favorite Morgan Matson book by any means, but I still enjoyed her simple yet thought-provoking writing and her flawed but relatable characters. This book took me forever to read, but that wasn’t the book’s fault. The plot was quick, funny, and delig Finally getting around to writing a review for this book! It was so nice to have a Morgan Matson book in my hands again! This was a delightful read about friendship, New York City, and growing up and moving on that really made me happy. This is not my favorite Morgan Matson book by any means, but I still enjoyed her simple yet thought-provoking writing and her flawed but relatable characters. This book took me forever to read, but that wasn’t the book’s fault. The plot was quick, funny, and delightful, so I don’t know why I didn’t finish it quicker. I do have a few tiny complaints though: 1. I thought Kat and Stevie, particularly Kat, was kind of incessantly annoying about their love for theater in the beginning of the book. Kat and Stevie are big theater nerds, and as someone who really doesn’t like theater, I found this to be grating and annoying. It’s just a personal preference though; if you love theater then you’ll definitely love this book and the characters! Theater’s just not my cup of tea. 2. There was this weird storyline with Kat and Stevie’s other friend, Teri, that felt wildly out of place and did not contribute to the story’s value AT ALL. It was distractingly unrealistic (FBI and CIA agents, undercover missions, millions of dollars worth of diamonds, and of course, insta-love) and was totally disruptive of the otherwise contemporary setting that Matson had created. And the thing is, Teri’s storyline is completely separate from Kat and Stevie’s, so Matson could’ve pulled the storyline and the plot wouldn’t’ve been affected in the slightest. It was frustrating to read, and I wish it wasn’t there. Those are my two biggest complaints, but when I look back on my reading experience, I really only think about the things I enjoyed in this book. I loved watching Kat and Cary form a cute relationship as they navigate New York City together. I delighted in Stevie’s maturity in regards to her relationships and her future. And I really enjoyed being able to experience the Big Apple for myself through these characters since I have never been there myself. This is a must-read for any Morgan Matson fan, and any YA contemporary fan in general. It’s not my favorite of hers, but it still delivers in its heartwarming and charming qualities. ☞ 4 stars (really liked it)

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