Thursday, October 11, 2012
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
Everything about this book was perfection. The cover, the title, the characters, and the storyline. The cover is absolutely beautiful and fits perfectly. The title is amazing and works into the story well. I loved the characters. The storlyine was amazing. It made me think about my lifee, my family, and second chances. It gave me a new view on things.
I loved Taylor. She was a great character. It was easy to relate to her. She changed a lot throughout the book. I liked how she took advantage of all the second chances she was given. I loved how different she made he present from the past. All the mistakes she made, she tried to fix. I think that was why I liked her so much. Oh, Henry how I adore you. Henry was an amazing character. I like how at first he wanted nothing to do with Taylor. Then they rebuilt their relationship. Then after a while they got together. I loved that they took their time. Plus who wouldn't want to be with Henry. He's a sweetheart. Both Taylor and Henry had great siblings. They made awesome secondary characters.
This book really was about second chances. One chapter would be from the past and something that went wrong. Then that problem would become fixed in the present. It was really cool. The setting was also really cool. It made me miss summer. This book has a very serious topic. It wasn't always happy. I can honestly say some tears were shed. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give anything away. Overall I am so glad I read this. I loved it so much. I think its one of those books everyone should read because it makes you think about your life. If you haven't read this I highly recommend.