Started: June 21, 2016 | Finished: July 8, 2016
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 8, 2012
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
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.
I loved this book!! It was cute, it was sad, it was beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this book through Taylor's eyes. I see a lot of Taylor's qualities in myself, and so it was great to see her grow as a character in this book. I felt very connected to her through this whole book. I really enjoyed Taylor's family and loved reading their family dynamic throughout this book. I really loved Taylor's dad in this, and to see him go through what he goes through is devastating and real, and it was very sad.
I also loved the supporting characters in Henry and Lucy, and everyone else. I liked reading their stories and seeing them come back together. It's rocky at first, but I like that we slowly got to find out what happened, and it's all very juvenile but when you're kids it's a big deal. So it was good to see them all come back, and see how they worked that out.
Overall, this book is really well done and I recommend it but prepare to be sad in the end. It's still a good book, and there's still happy and good moments throughout, but there are sad moments and very real moments which makes the book so well rounded.