Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never read anything of Matson’s but I will definitely be reading her other stuff. Matson perfectly portrayed the struggle of being a teenage girl who is going through a lot. I felt the pain and awkwardness that Taylor felt in the beginning of her summer vacation.
The summer starts out knowing that time is limited and that everything will change after summer ends. This sadness is written so well that I felt it from page one. This summer is Taylor’s last summer before everything changes, and a summer of second chances. Taylor seemed like such a real character to me that I wanted to be her friend and help her with everything she was dealing with. It deals with realistic teen drama: friendship, family and growing up.
All of Matson’s character were really well thought out and written. Also I thought Matson did a really good job of portraying the struggle of dealing with terminal cancel very well. As someone who has experienced this, I was happy to see it was reflected very accurately. This is one of the best contemporary YA books I’ve read. 4/5
Published: 2012, 468 pages.
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