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
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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! 😀 )