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Second Chance Summer Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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"Warning: tissues recommended."--The Boston Globe
“The exploration of the father-daughter relationship is warm, sensitive, and heartbreaking, with Taylor realizing how much she counts on the man she’s going to lose. Between the dreamy romance and the four-hankie family story, this is a satisfyingly emotional summer tale.” --BCCB
*"Matson writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true...Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Second Chance Summer] is a sweet, well written coming-of-age book that pulls at the reader’s heartstrings...This is a compelling story that reads fast and grips readers until the very end."
*"This is a bittersweet, powerful tale of family devotion, the sustainability of true friendship, and the silent courage of loving someone enough to stay and watch them die."
---Booklist, starred review
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Can I say heartbreaking again? Yes? Ok, it was completely, utterly heartbreaking. All these things were happening and you keep thinking "he'll be okay. He won't die. HEA right?" but I'm spoiling this now: it's not a Happy Ever After ending no matter how much you want it to. It was just inevitable but somehow you ignore the oncoming tragedy with the romance, the friendship, and all things inbetween. But when it does happen, it strikes you completely unaware, even when you know it's happening in the next chapter. It's this dreaded feeling that builds up in you and when it happens...agh! A book filled with second chances, I loveloveloved it!
Second Chance Summer seemed more like an insanely descriptive diary rather than a book, and that's a good thing. Actions seemed so real, not far-fetched. Reactions were probable and the characters reminded me of what my friends would've done if I had slighted them like that. Characters seemed real. I haven't read Matson's debut, but you can bet I will after reading Second Chance Summer!
As sad as it is, Second Chance Summer is definitely a great Summer-ends read. Not one you want to read at the beginning of summer, but definitely one that will end your summer with a bang. Seriously guys. Y'all have to read this!
From the first page, I knew Second Chance Summer would be a book that I loved. Matson's writing style is so poetic, so beautiful. I would read 50 pages and make myself stop, trying to make the book last longer. Finally after doing that a few times I gave up, reading for hours, thankful that the book was nearly 500 pages long.
Taylor is back at her beach house after not being there for several years in a row. Her father has cancer and wants them to spend a summer there like they used to do. When she arrives, we learn that the last summer she was here, things didn't exactly go smoothly.
As Taylor tries to piece together what she left at the beach when she was 12, she is also trying to deal with her family and the drastic changes that will be happening. Instead of feeling pity for the characters, I was enveloped in how real it all felt, rooting for them to find peace and resolution.
I don't often cry while reading, and the end of this book hit me very hard, hard enough that I couldn't read through my tears. This is a direct attestation to how well Morgan Matson built up the story and how well developed her characters were.
Now I begin my two year wait for her next book.
When I saw she'd come out with Second Chance Summer I immediately clicked "buy," *barely* checking the price (but of course I did) and yeah, loved it. Continue to love the author's imagination, her research, her thorough fleshing out of characters, her writing style, how clever she clearly is.
I am a nitpicker (almost) nonpareil, and I am one of those who gets really ticked off by errors in books, and in my reviews I am never shy about calling an author out for it. If I am expected to spend time and money on a book then I expect the author to do likewise.
Well, how much I loved Second Chance Summer is that the few errors I found didn't even tick me off! For me that's saying something. That's saying how marvelous the story is, how much I wanted to stay in the story, inside Taylor's head and her summer.Read more ›
Morgan Matson's second novel is a heartbreaker. Matson has created the perfect summer setting in Lake Phoenix; it's idyllic and charming and full of so many important memories for Taylor. It's the perfect place for her to really face her fears and learn how to deal with her relationships; the ones she has with her siblings, with her childhood best friend, Lucy, and with Henry, her first boyfriend and long-time friend. But the most important relationship in this book is the one that Taylor has with her father. Taylor not only has to deal with his illness and impending death, but how she expresses her feelings for him, and her anxieties that he doesn't know how much she cares. Throughout the summer, she makes incredible strides in how she handles her stress, deals with being a runner, and learns not to back out when relationships get hard or messy. The pacing is beautifully done with a nice balance between the present and various flashbacks and memories throughout Taylor's life. The characters are all fully formed and a lot of fun. Although heart-rending and highly emotional, Second Chance Summer is an incredible, entertaining, and funny novel that will not disappoint fans of Matson's first novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book made me cry! But I love every piece of it :) I bought it and blacked out the cuss and 'huggy' scenes (there wasn't a lot of cuss words, but it was borderline). Read morePublished 1 day ago by Elizabeth Hall
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is a wonderful YA novel about tenderness, family relationships, love and dealing with Cancer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen Zemek
Grab the tissues. This book will make you sob until you have no more tears left. Go through a terrifying and sad journey of Taylor Edwwards life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
While I did not love this one as much as Since You’ve Been Gone, I did still really enjoy it. And it did also make me cry a little. Read more
The novel, Second Chance Summer, starts off with the main character, Taylor, dreading spending her summer On Lake Phoenix with her family. The real question is WHY? Read morePublished 3 months ago by MICHAEL D SMITH
I intentionally saved Second Chance Summer until the week before school started, hoping it would allow me to hang on to some shreds of summer in the face of the steadily... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Olivia McCloskey
Second Chance Summer is a story of redemption and making up for lost time, that constantly had me reaching for a new tissue. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amberley