Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson REVIEW

Second Chance Summer Book Cover Second Chance Summer
Morgan Matson
YA contemporary
Simon & Schuster

Taylor Edwards family might not be that close - everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled, but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor's dad gets some devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

 

Taylor Edwards’ family has recieved extremely bad news about their father. He has cancer. So they decide to spend his last summer up in their old lake house. A lake house Taylor has not been to for 5 years and one she was hoping she would never see again. Former best friend Lucy and ex-boyfriend Henry is what awaits her at the Lake House.
Second Chance Summer is an epic story about family, love and courage.
Morgan Matson is an incredible writer. In this book especially, her perception of time is amazing. She shows flashbacks whilst still in the present. It’s hard to explain but easy to love.
Taylor was a brilliant main character. She had so many traits which just completely defined her as a character. She wasn’t particularly strong (emotionally) as she ran away when things got hard. But this was a focus point of sorts of the book because she learns how to over come the toughest of challenges. I loved her character so much and in a way she felt kind of relatable and I could see why she was reacting the way she was in certain situations.
Next is her father. I slowly came to love her father. He was kind and funny and generous and AHHH! It was great.
The plot of Second Chance Summer was so unique and beautiful and took off in so many unexpected directions. ┬áIt was complex and detailed. The details went right down to the smallest little thing. I went into this novel knowing NOTHING except that it is written by Morgan Matson. Seriously guys, that’s the way to go. Because I knew nothing, it took be by surprise in the best way.
Sometimes I felt like it was almost spending too much time showing the details on things that don’t particularly matter but I still loved it completely.
This book is such an emotional journey. As a reader you connect so well with all the characters. At the start its happy and throughout the whole book your laughing. But when it reached the end, I had to keep putting the book down. Not because it was bad but because I was crying and I needed to stop the tears. It was so sad at the end but I still thought it was a perfect ending.
Overall, Second Chance Summer is a deep, compassionate story which will make you laugh and make you cry. It has a brilliant plot and outstanding characters. I recommend this masterpiece for fans of The Fault in our Stars and any of Morgan Matson’s other books.
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