Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Page Count: 468
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I have no idea why it took me so long to finally pick this book up. I read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour when it first came out and fell in love with it. I did the same with Second Chance Summer. Morgan Matson should seriously never stop writing.
Morgan Matson's writing reminds me of Sarah Dessen's. Both authors start with a muted, flawed character with familiy issues, throw in a really cute romance and metamorphosis, and create a beautiful story with a satisfying resolution.
Taylor Edwards is a bit cowardly. She runs from things when they get too overwhelming, and she doesn't really know how to face her fears. She's a girl with many flaws, but she acknowledges that, and strives to make herself better, which I really liked. Of course, with her flaws, there were times when I kind of disliked her character, but she always returned to my good side eventually.
Taylor's relationship with her dad is a large part of the book. It was beautiful to see their moments together, to watch their relationship grow. Family is definitely a major focus in this book, and I felt like I was a part of the Edwards' family. I felt like I knew each character personally, especially Taylor's pun-loving father.
This book tore me up, meaning it made me bawl. I honestly spent like ten minutes straight, just sobbing. I looked like a mess finishing up this book, because I had a genuine pull on each of the characters, and the events that play out were so heart-breaking, so depressing.
Second Chance Summer is a gorgeous and heart-breaking novel that touches on family values, friendship, and self-discovery. It was sometimes predictable, but overall, I recommend this book to everyone. It'll definitely stay in my mind for a long time.