K’s Take On Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Taylor EUnknown.jpegdwards’ 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.

ly 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.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 actual

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that t
hey’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

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Hey guys, happy Thursday (one day until friday)!

I am so excited, this is N&I’s second dual review! This may seem crazy, but N and I never seem to be
eading the same book, which makes dual reviews MUCH harder! We both have such long TBR piles, and our goal is to bring more dual reviews to you guys in the near future!!

You all probably know my love of Morgan Matson and her books. Her writing is so lighthearted, every time I pick up one of her books I am always up until 2am finishing them! I knew I had to try out Second Chance Summer when I had the chance, so that is what i did!

As usual, first I would like to start with what I loved:

Morgan Matson has a gift of developing her characters. In the beginning of the book, Taylor (the protagonist of the story), sees herself as inferior to her other siblings. They all have talents of their own; whereas, Taylor is unaware of where she belongs in the world. As the book progresses, I was able to see how Taylor gathers confidence and identity.
Within Second Chance Summer, there are flashbacks to the previous summers spent up at their lake house. The last summer she spent up at the lake, five years ago, Taylor has a falling out with her best friend and first boyfriend. Throughout the book, there is a constant mystery to what happened that summer. I loved this aspect of the book; the mystery kept me glued to the story.

Morgan Matson’s book tend to be on the longer side: 450-550 pages. They all share one thing in comm0n: rich details that allow the reader to really get to know the protagonist. Morgan has a gift of developing the settings within her books. I found myself wherever Taylor
was. Nestled in my bed, I was taken into a different world; I loved this.

Before the story begins, Taylor’s dad receives a diagnosis of stage four cancer, giving him three months to live. This is the culprit to the summer spent up at the lake. Throughout the book, Taylor has to deal with the soon departure of her father. Morgan Matson does a terrific job in teaching her reading audience about grieving and loss. Taylor knows her dad will soon pass away; therefore, she has to grieve his death while he is STILL alive. I cannot imagine going through something like this; however, Morgan develops Taylor’s feelings in a way that makes me understand what Taylor is feeling.

I really
enjoyed this book, but here is what I disliked:

For such a long story, there seemed to be a lack of plot. You would think such a long story would have a LOT of plot going on, but this one did not.

Guys, I LOVE Morgan Matson’s stories. This may not have been my favorite of hers, but I still truly enjoyed it. If Morgan writes it, I’ll read it. Any day.

Wh
at did you guys think of Second Chance Summer? Any recommendations? Let me know, I’d love to hear them!!

Until next time (I LOVE dual reviews)

Sincerely, K

 

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N’s take on Second Chance Summer

11071466Taylor 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.

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Hey readers!

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:).
  4. Lastly, Henry… I think that’s all I need to say!!!

There was on thing that I didn’t love, though.

  1. 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

K’s take on The Last Star (plus our signing with Rick Yancey!!)

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Happy Friday readers!!

Friday is my favorite day as it means I get all weekend to read!

This is N&I’s first dual review!! N’s review and take on meeting Rick Yancey is below mine.

Last night N&I went to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to meet Rick Yancey, the author of  The Last Star (Book #3 of The 5th Wave series).

The event started off with Rick Yancey introducing himself and the new book. He made us all sad by reminding us that this is his farewell tour for the series. I almost shed a tear.

Rick then went on talking about the books, and how much work went into each book of the series. Rick said that Ben Parish was killed off in one of the first waves in the first book, but his editor made Rick keep Ben around. I think I like Rick’s editor (what would life be like without Ben Parish?!).

Rick also talked about the movie adaptation of The 5th Wave. He didn’t bash the movie, but you could tell that he would have made some changes to the movie if he could (I would have too)!

He randomly gave out The 5th Wave bags based on our numbers in line; unfortunately, #16 (my number) was not called. We then got in line for our books to be signed.

Rick was such a nice and ABSOLUTELY FUNNY person. When it was my turn in line, I was so nervous, but he calmed my nerves when I talked to him. I told him how much I enjoyed the last book (and the series as a whole), and N told him about how our book club named his book “Book of The Year.” He was surprised, and thanked us for enjoying his books.

I still am in such shock from realizing how normal, and HILARIOUS, Rick Yancey is. I’m telling you all, if you ever have the chance to meet him, please do. He is amazing.
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Now I would like to review the book.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey was a good read, but not as good as I hoped it would be. This series has been a really big part of my life. I was expecting a great conclusion to a great series, but I felt that I received less than that.

What I liked about the book:

I felt at home while reading the books; Rick Yancey continued to portray each character authentically.

I enjoyed seeing the ending, along with which characters developed relationships.

What I did not like about the book:

The ending didn’t give me closure; you will understand when you finish the book (I don’t want to be a spoiler). For me there was one very big unanswered question.

Obviously, the series follows an apocalyptic world, which means not everyone can live. I hated to see certain characters end their lives; however, I understand why Rick Yancey chose the outcomes for each character.

The book didn’t have an incredibly original plot. Nothing “wowed” me when it came to the plot that Rick Yancey created.

I think I know the reason why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. The first book was AMAZING. I thought that the second book was not as amazing, but often times the second book of a series is my least favorite. I thought that the third book would be a spectacular conclusion. I hate to say it, but this was not the spectacular conclusion I was looking for.

If you enjoyed the first book (and series) as much as I did, reading the last book is something you should definitely do! If you did not enjoy the first book, this may not be very enjoyable.

All in all, I want to give a BIG THANKS to Rick Yancey for creating such an amazing story. You (and Cassie) inspire me to achieve greatness. I cannot wait to read more of your work!

This was quite the long blog. If you have made it all the way down here, thanks for listening to me ramble (I LOVE The 5th Wave)!!

Sincerely, K

 

N’s take on The Last Star

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Readers,

Our first dual review!!! Check out K’s
above…

K and I had the privilege to meet Rick Yancey, author of the New York Times Bestselling series The Fifth Wave, yesterday at his goodbye tour in Naperville, IL at Anderson’s Bookshop.

Anderson’s always does an awesome job with author meet and greets, as I have been to many of them, and Rick’s speech/Q&A session went above and beyond my expectations.

He spoke to the audience about his experiences about writing the series, and gave us a few fun facts about himself and the creation of the books.

  1. He wrote The Fifth Wave three times and The Infinite Sea twice!
  2. Ben Parrish was supposed to die in the first and second novel in the series, but his editor encouraged him to keep Ben around. (Thank GOD!)
  3. Sony Pictures is trying to figure out how much money they make from the Blu-ray DVDs before making the decision to create the second movie. (So go buy a bunch!)
  4. His wife, Sandy, inspired the character Cassie.
  5. His hardest character to write in first person was Evan which is why he wrote it in third person, and also Ringer because she closes herself off to others and herself.
  6. Oddly, he said it was the easiest to write through Cassie’s perspective even though he isn’t a girl. He said it was because Cassie was inspired by his wife which made him relate to her.

These were just a few of the things he touched on. I highly suggest taking advantage of signings with Rick because of his encouraging nature and comedic attitude. It was such a privilege to meet and speak with him!

Now on to The Last Star.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

Goodreads

The last installment to the epic series follows the lives of the few who remain as they fight to finally terminate the Others. Cassie, Evan, Ben, Sammy, and the rest of the gang pledge to hang on to the little humanity they have left as they try to end the lives of the aliens who inhabited their land and their lives, even if they have to make sacrifices.

With many more battles to conquer, Cassie hopes to find peace for her brother Sam and the friends that have stood by her side. All questions are answered by the end of this tear jerker, so have a box of tissues near by and be ready to fight through the pages along with her.

What did I think about the book? Where do I begin?

The first thing that I have to say is that I finished the book a few days ago and couldn’t wrap my brain around what I though until now, and I am eager to tell you about it.

A few years ago when The Fifth Wave hit the stores, my book club chose this epic story to be the best YA book of the Year.

The Last Star doesn’t fall short of this.

From the Don Quijote references to the tears I shed through out the novel, I found myself feeling every emotion possible in the time I spent reading it.

Although the ending left me devastated, all of my eager questions were answered and I was impressed with the clarity it gave me. I had the chills as I read the last chapter.

The only complaint that I really have about the book is the ending. I assure you that you will shed more than a few tears when the book comes to a close. After throwing the book out the window from shock, anger, and sadness, you will go outside, pick it up, and give it a nice hug. Again, all of my emotions were brought to the table, or I guess in my case, the front lawn.

Applause goes out to Rick Yancey and all the people involved in the series. It’s a book series that has changed my thoughts on dystopian novels, as I am usually not a fan.

A definite recommendation to all readers, no matter the type.

Best, N