Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Here's the 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

           Wow.This book brought out many feels. After reading Since You've Been Gone in August, I've been looking forward to reading another book written by Morgan Matson. Second Chance Summer wasn't as good, but it was still very enjoyable. I really wish it were still summer.(: I loved all the family bonding. Reading about Taylor, the main character, and Taylor's dad's conversations were so meaningful and punny at the same time. Morgan Matson made me feel like I was with them when everything happened, which was very emotional. The last 100 pages were my favorite, heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. 
            All of the characters made this novel very unique. Taylor, Warren, Gesley, Taylor's mother, Lucy, Taylor's grandfather, etc. Taylor struggled and overcame a lot of situations throughout the story, which helped her become stronger. She learned how to face her fears regarding a variety of things, although maybe not as earlier on in the book as I wanted her to. But overall she was still a great person to read about, always willing to help others as much as possible and eventually realizing that it's okay to open up and lean on someone for support.
            I felt like the romance lacked in certain areas because I think that there should have been more to the relationship. However, I still really really liked Henry and of course, Taylor and Henry together. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like contemporary coming of age novels. 

My shortened book review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/910265040

1 comment:

  1. Oooh yes...:) thank you for this review. definitely my kind of book

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