Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 483 pages
Source: Owned ebook
My Rating: 4.5 stars
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
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.
This is the second book I’ve read by Morgan Matson. I’ve actually had this on my kindle for a while now but I kept putting off reading it.
I really enjoyed this story but I did have a few issues with it that kept me from giving it 5 stars. It was a little repetitive which was annoying and it could have used a little more editing.
I can’t believe I am about to say this but this book focused more on the second chance romance/friendships and while I did enjoy that aspect I wish we would have got more of the emotion of what the family was going through with their dad being sick.
In the first half of the book I got a little teary eyed a couple of times but the last half was when things got hard. This is only the 2nd book to make me cry like a baby both of which had to do with losing their dads.
I lost both of my dads within a year of each other and one of them was from cancer so this hit close to home and was a very emotional read for me.