Book: Second Chance Summer.
Written By: Morgan Matson.
Synopsis: Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out—except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.
Taylor hasn’t been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who’s all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she’d rather leave in the past—but she can’t run away this time.
As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose. From Morgan Matson, the PW Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.
My Thoughts: Let’s just start off by saying…EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Second Chance Summer drained the life out of me (I’m a good way). I can’t remember the last time a book had me bawling as much as I did while reading this! At the end of Second Chance Summer, I was speechless. I still feel like I can’t put the right words together to describe how this book made me feel.
One thing that I thought was a bit…weird was the fact that 12 year old kids were already involved in “High School” drama. They were 12! At first, I didn’t understand why Henry and Lucy were so mad at Taylor. But after reading the book I understood Henry, but I feel like Lucy was just being difficult. It was so easy for her to forgive Taylor. She was wasting her breath being so mean to/mad at her.
Her dad being sick tore me up! I was scared to get to that part of the book because I just knew that would be the end of me. If you don’t like to sob, no small tears, but full on cry while reading a book, this isn’t for you. But in my opinion, you would be an idiot, not to read it anyway!
I read the e-book for free on Pulse It. I loved it soooo much, now I have to go out and buy a physical copy. If I could give this book 1 MILLION Stars I would, but it’s impossible, so I gave it 5 Stars!