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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Review

Posted by N on December 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From the Publisher:

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.


In the beginning, Taylor is one of those characters who's a little hard to like. A lot of her choices don't really make sense, especially considering the situation with her family. While I did feel sorry for her in some ways, it was hard for me to understand why she was always running away from her problems. I think this is the one aspect of the book that could have used more depth and explanation. That, however, was the only complaint I have about this book.

Matson is a phenomenal YA writer. She knows what makes us tick--she knows how to write books that can really get to us. On top of all that, she really does have a knack for expressing her ideas in the most beautiful way. The writing is really what separates this book from the rest. The general plot has certainly been done before but what the general idea of the book lacks in originality, her writing makes up for in its beauty.

I also really did enjoy most of the characters. Besides my minor issue with Taylor, she really is a likeable character. Matson does an excellent job showing the reader Taylor's relationships with each of her family members. Taylor's dad was my favorite, but Matson's talent doesn't end there. She subtly sets you up throughout the story so you can really understand Taylor's relationship with her mother, which I think is actually the most complex one in the book. Henry, the boy (because there's always a boy) is sweet and handsome and everything we like to read about in summer romances. The additional characters: Lucy, Warren, Gelsey and so on really are lovable in their own ways.

Long story short (I know I ramble): It's a great book. If you haven't read it already, PLEASE DO! You won't regret it.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,



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