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.
FINALLY, another dual review for K&N. It’s nearing the end of the month, and we finally had the time to coordinate a book to read together.
Kelly is a HUGE Morgan Matson fan, so she convinced me (it didn’t take much) to read Second Chance Summer. It’s definitely a lively summer read!
THINGS THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVED…
- The plot was definitely different than the average summer romance novel. A lot of contemporary books focus on love and relationships. This book went BEYOND the surface and dove into the struggles teens face with family and dealing with loss. Most importantly, I took away a lot from this book! I really appreciated that.
- The main character, Taylor, goes through so much with her father’s illness. The relationship she has with her father always comes first, which was very admirable.
- There weren’t any characters that seemed flat in the book, which was terrific. I usually have a character that just bothers me A TON, but this was inexistent in the book:).
- Lastly, Henry… I think that’s all I need to say!!!
There was on thing that I didn’t love, though.
- The book was really long, and I felt like there were some scenes that were not necessary. Also, there were a bunch of huge paragraphs of thoughts, which always overwhelm me.
I know that Morgan usually writes lengthy books, but sometimes I wish she would cut down on word count.
Beside this one complaint, I had an awesome time reading the book. If you find yourself on a lounger chair in the last few weeks of summer, make sure you bring this read with you.
Until next time, N