Annike: Hey guys, so I am back today with another review on a Morgan Matson book, which this time was ‘Second Chance Summer’. I will warn you that there are spoilers in the review so don’t read too far if you are hoping to get your hands on this one. I have been really enjoying her other books and I thought it was a perfect holiday read so let’s get onto the review 🙂
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.
So, to be honest this book very much had me crying by the end. I had heard that it was sad from all the reviews on Goodreads but I was almost certain that I would not be one of those people who broke down in tears. Sadly, I was wrong. This book is much more of an emotional rollercoaster than the other Morgan Matson books but I thought that was really interesting to read.
I loved how there was so much history between Taylor and the town that she was staying in because it meant that we were able to discover who she really was from all the way back when she was twelve. I also felt like I could relate to her in little ways, she felt like she was very normal and that she was outshone by her other siblings and she felt a bit lonely and I though that was what a great character looked like, flaws and all.
As for Henry, Taylor’s twelve year old boyfriend, I didn’t really feel like I could connect to him much because he wasn’t really explored very much as a character. I was very far into the book at the time that they even chose to ‘be friends’ and then it ended very quickly from there because of Taylor cutting things off which I couldn’t totally understand and then of course it started back up again which I didn’t feel was too real. One other thing I thought was a little strange was how ‘what Taylor did when she was twelve’ was built up into something terrible but in reality it wasn’t very bad at all and there shouldn’t have been such a big hype over it from her friend Lucy and from Henry.
What I loved most about the book was the developing relationship between Taylor and her dad and although her dad was slowly losing away I loved getting to see those last few moments and how the family really dealt with their grief. This was the very beautiful part of the story.
Anyways, that’s my review on Second Chance Summer. I suggest you all give it a read because it was really good and Morgan Matson is truly a great writer. Thanks