Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Release Date: June 7th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Received for review from Publisher
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My Rating: 5/5 Stars.

From Goodreads: "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."

Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to the lovely people at Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for review purposes. This does not in any way alter my review or opinion of this book. 

I absolutely LOVED this book, I mean all caps LOVED. Morgan Matson is fast becoming one of my favourite YA contemporary authors. I adored Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, click the link to check out that review. After reading her first book I was seriously excited for Second Chance Summer, and it did not disappoint! 

Taylor is spending the summer at her family's holiday house, for the last time as a family. Her dad is terribly sick. The doctor's haven't given him long to live and one of the last things he wanted to do was spend the summer with his family in their summer house. For Taylor, spending the summer at the house is going to be hard. The last time she was there she was 12 and in one day she lost a best friend and a boyfriend. Something she has never really gotten over. It's a really complicated situation, made even worse as they were 12 and immature at the time. 

Now at 17 Taylor finds herself in various awkward situations, bumping into said ex boyfriend, Henry. Their relationship didn't end well. Taylor up and left him there one summer without so much as a goodbye. Taylor and her best friend had a major falling out when her best friend went away for the summer and Taylor started crushing on Henry, Big time. Little did she know her BFF was also crushing on him. Misunderstandings left right and centre and now they are 17.

Second Chance Summer  is easily one of my favourite books of 2012. I just loved it so much. Morgan Matson has a beautiful way with words. Her books are always heartfelt and deep but also light and enjoyable somehow. 

Tissue warning! I went through a fair few tissues reading this so make sure you are stocked up!

If you haven't read this yet then stop what you are doing (well at least finish reading my review) and go and pick it up ASAP. You won't regret it!

Surely I am not the only one who cries in books?? Let me know in the comments if you ever cry in books!

If you like the sound of this or have read this and loved it then I also like An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett.  

Happy reading!
- Amy


  1. i soo need to read this book . contemp rules . gr8 review

  2. I loved Second Chance Summer, too! It was one of my most anticipated books of 2012, after reading Amy and Roger's Epic Detour last year and I was not disappointed.

    Tissue warning! I went through a fair few
    tissues reading this so make sure you are stocked up!
    - YES. Oh my goodness, I was a mess. I cry in books. In fact, I actually like to have a good bookish cry every now and then.

    I can't wait to see what Morgan does next! ;D

  3. Uh, WOW?!

    I am DYING to read this, Amy! And doubly so after your EFFING AMAZING REVIEW! I still haven't read Amy & Roger, but seriously... what I've been hearing? MUST FIX! ♥

  4. Right, so you're probably going to want to scream at me because I have a gorgeous hardback version of this sitting on my shelf.. unread!

    This sounds fantastic, I like the sound of Taylor and can't wait to find out what happens to her. Wonderful review :)

    Oh and I cry all the time while reading! Sometimes I just get a bit teary and other times it's a full on cry (On the Jellicoe Road, Code Name Verity) so you are not alone!

  5. Wow! I love your praise for this book <3 I haven't heard of it before now but I'm definitely adding it to my TBR pile.

    Thankyou for sharing your wonderful review Amy!

  6. AWW, this sounds like my book. I want books that will touch me to the point of crying. I'll definitely look for this one and I would really prepare tissues. Thanks for the warning! ;)

    Fantastic review, Amy! :D

  7. wow im really glad you liked this book!! I really liked "Amy and Roger's Epic Detour" so im sure ill love this one as well! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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