Guest Review: Second Chance Summer by

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Why I Chose this Book:
This was actually my first Morgan Matson book (even though I’ve owned Amy & Roger for so long now), and it definitely did not disappoint. I’ve heard so many good things about her and her books and I understand now. I loved this book and I will definitely be picking up her others.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. 

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. 

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:
Taylor and her family have not been up to their lake house in years—not since Taylor ruined everything with her best friends. But when her family gets devastating news, they decide to go back for one last summer. Taylor is not happy to see her former best friend, or her first boyfriend, and they aren’t too happy to see her either.

This story was told in part by flashbacks, which I liked. It added a depth to the story. We don’t get to know what happened between Taylor and her friends until more than halfway through. But Taylor flips between the present, and that summer five years ago. I also really liked family-centered books, which this was, more than a romance. Taylor and her family have always been a little disconnected, not ones to really share their feelings or talk things out. But I loved seeing them grow closer, become more of a family. Warren with his dorky ways, Gelsey being way too serious for her age, the things Taylor learns about her dad.

But Matson was also just an excellent storyteller. She weaves and blends a story so perfectly that I was so sad when it ended. Also, that ending, where…things happen with her dad had me tearing up (and I NEVER tear…ever). So that tells you something. She knows when to be serious, when to be emotional, and when to be funny and light-hearted. 

This may seem a little deeper than your normal summer read, but I still think it was a perfect summer read. It was the perfect combo of light and deep, of funny and serious. I honestly wasn’t sure ho
w I was going to feel about it going in, and I will admit that it took some time to hook me. But once it did, I was sold, and I really did love this story.

I gave this book 4 stars.

About the Reviewer:

Rachel might drink too much coffee and read too many books. She also blogs about them on The NerdHeard Reads (sometimes). She spends her days trying to balance blogging, college, and trying to squeeze in "five more minutes" of sleep. You can find her on her blog and Twitter.

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