Book Review: "Second Chance Summer" by Morgan Matson
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 over-scheduled—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.
This book couldn't have been more perfect. Everything, and I do mean everything about it was flawless. Starting with the plot. Early in to the book you can tell it's not your typical fluffy and light contemporary romance book. The book follows Taylor Edwards, a girl whose family is going to spend their last summer together as family in their old lake house due to her father being ill.
I really loved how much character depth we got in this book. I really liked how family was portrayed in this book and how all the family members actually took part in the story. Something that we don't see too much in many YA books. I felt like Taylor was a very relatable character in some way. She had a tendency to run away from her problems which is something that may of us do a lot. We also get to meet Henry Crosby who is the love interest in this story. (100% swoon-worthy) To me, he was also a very believable character and I loved the fact that when he saw Taylor again after all those years he was kind of really pissed off rather than being all forgive-and-forget. It made the relationship seem much more authentic.
Also the writing in this book was real neat. It was easy to read without being overly simple. On top of that, there was a lot of character development. A lot of coming-to-terms and acceptance. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the setting. It is set during summer and it will make you feel as if it were summer regardless of when you decide to read it.
I really and truly adored this book and everything about it. It had me ugly crying for real. Which says a lot because I'm usually not one to cry when it comes to books. It's safe to say that Morgan Matson is a very talented writer and honestly, if you have't read any of her books I suggest you begin with this one. You'll love it.