Audiobook Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

April 20, 2014 // Posted by Lisa in Reviews // 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan MatsonSecond Chance Summer
by Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Length: 10 hrs 37 mins
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
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From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

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.


Ready for a complete shocker?! Wait for it… wait… I LOVED IT!! Okay, totally not shocking. More like completely obvious. If I didn’t love Morgan Matson enough after devouring Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, the author crush is definitely in full swing now!

Second Chance Summer is just that… a second chance summer for Taylor and her family. After learning her father has cancer and was only given a few more months to live, the family decides to go to their vacation home that they spent many, many summers at when Taylor was young.

I could go into more detail about the story, but I feel that the synopsis gives just the right amount away. If you go into this story knowing only that, you will see why I loved it so much. Feelings overload! I was laughing, swooning and sobbing throughout this story. At 468 pages it’s anything but short, though it felt it went by much too quickly.

Though I had originally purchased this book and was saving it for a sunny warm day (partly because the cover was so perfect and I wanted it on my shelf), I just couldn’t wait any longer and purchased the audio so I could get to it sooner. And I’m so happy I did. Though I’ve never in my life re-read a book before, this is one I can see myself reading over and over again. And again, as I’ve stated quite a bit lately, going the audio route was definitely perfect. Hearing this beautiful story told to me, getting to experience the emotions all firsthand, brought the story to life.

There’s no question about a rating. If you can’t tell already, I absolutely adored this book. One of my favorite reads, well, ever. A perfect mix of romance, family, friendship, love, heartache and fun. Another masterpiece from Morgan Matson! I just can’t get enough of her books! (AND she grew up in NYC and Greenwich, Connecticut… so I HAVE to love her for that! 😀 )

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About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Her third book, Since You've Been Gone, was published in 2014.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.




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  • I LOVE Second Chance Summer. Amy and Roger was okay for me, but THIS was just amazing. I’m so happy you loved this one. I think I’ll need to listen to it on audio now 🙂

  • Awesome review! I will have to check this one out. I love the sunset on the cover–very pretty.

  • I agree, this was really adorable but also pretty emotional at times.

    Lovely review Lisa! <33

  • Ahhh! I’ve been wanting to read this book since forever now, Lisa and your review doesn’t help. It only makes me want to read it as soon as possible, but right now I’m drowning in review copies. I will definitely read it over the summer though. I loved Amy and Roger when I read it too, but this one seems even better.
    Great review!

  • Great review, Lisa! Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour wasn’t quite a five star read for me, but I loved the writing style so I’m hoping if I read Second Chance Summer I’ll love it just as much as you have.

  • I was actually looking for a good beach read and this one sounds perfect. 😉 The blurb and cover plus your review has me convinced that I need to one-click! 😉

  • Another one to add to my ever growing audiobook wish list. I can read contemporaries all the damn time!

  • I’m so glad you loved this one, Lisa. I really should dust off my copy! Lol. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy Morgan’s books!

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  • Alyssa

    So glad you liked it! I love Morgan Matson as well! Really excited for her latest book.