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Second Chance Summer

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Description

A powerful novel about hope and heartbreak, “as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out—except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.

Taylor hasn’t been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who’s all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she’d rather leave in the past—but she can’t run away this time.

As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose. From Morgan Matson, the PW Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 09, 2012 – Seventeen-year-old Taylor and her family—her mother, father, older brother, and younger sister—are off to the Poconos for the summer, whether everyone wants to or not. Taylor falls in the latter category. Returning to their lake house after a five-year absence fills her with dread: she'll have to face her estranged best friend as well as the boy she left without saying goodbye. But hardest of all, her father is dying of cancer, making this their last summer together. Matson (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour) writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true, while steering clear of melodrama. Matson's story, which shifts between the present and flashbacks from five previous summers, is as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship. 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. Ages 12–up.

Customer Reviews

8D

I love this book!!!!!! It touched my heart and made me cry but I still couldn't put it down! This book is about family friends and love... PERFECT!!!!!

Amazing Book

This is an amazing book! It's about love and it is really good. If you like books a about sweet romances then this is for you.

Second Chance Summer

Morgan Matson has proved herself over and over again as a phenomenal writer. Again she uses unique setting, and characterization. Like Amy and Roger's epic detour though, I thought the book was too predictable. Basically in the beginning, Taylor admits her dad is dying, and that her ex-best friend was upset at her for something she did five years ago. Not to mention Henry, where the obviously, like Amy and Roger, come together in the end, despite the differences. That being said, I think it was the commentary added. The extra little pauses or moments that made your heart pound. I think this is an exceptional book, but I hope in the next installment or book Morgan Matson writes isn't as predictable.

Second Chance Summer
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: May 08, 2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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