December 03, 2021

#BookReview: Take Me Home Tonight by @morgan_m

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review:  This was a cute story that I had a hard time putting down when it was over.  It was funny and fast paced and my first Matson title.  But it will not be my last.  The characters were fabulous and the story even better.  Great story to escape! 


"Matson (Save the Date) interweaves romance, family relationships, secrets and growing self-knowledge, and even a missing masterpiece into the intricately plotted book. The adventures of another friend, who’s stuck with Kat’s hilariously deadpan babysitting charges, initially seem extraneous, but add a charming, harebrained quality to this jam-packed tale of a long night that brings two friends closer to each other and their true selves." — Publishers Weekly

"Stevie and Kat’s friendship feels solid, honest, and real...each character is carefully crafted and easily distinguishable, no small feat with the size of this cast. The writing is excellent and draws in the reader with details...VERDICT A fun romp for readers who love theater and don’t mind suspending their disbelief." — School Library Journal

"A hilariously outrageous B plot helps keep Kat and Stevie's adventures in perspective as they crisscross Manhattan, testing old bonds and forging new ones. Matson (Save the Date, 2018) delivers another high-energy contemporary adventure that's bursting with drama, and readers will happily join in for the fun." — Booklist

About the Author

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

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