Thursday, May 17, 2012

Second Chance Summer review

Up until 5 years ago, Taylor and her family went to their house on Lake Phoenix every single summer. That's where Taylor met her best friend Lucy and her first boyfriend, Henry and had a wonderful couple of months at the beach. But, 5 years ago, everything changed and Taylor ran away, not returning to Lake Phoenix until this year. This year, everything has once again changed and she's back at the beach, scared of what's before her.  

Taylor's dad is sick and his request was for the family to spend one last summer together at their lake house. Taylor knows her dad just wants a normal summer for them, but knowing she'll run into Henry and Lucy, she's terrified about returning and once she gets there, learns she has a right to be scared. What happens that summer teaches Taylor what second chances really mean.

I LOVE MORGAN MATSON. that I've gotten that out of the way, let me just tell you that this book broke my heart in all the right ways. I loved each and every character... from smaller characters like Elliot and the screenwriter neighbors to Henry, Taylor, her dad, Warren, etc. Each one was written perfectly and added to the story in such a fantastic way, that you'll end up caring about what happens to each of them, not just the main character. 

It's the perfect book to prep for your own summer vacation or if you're like me and sticking around home this year, you can live vicariously through Taylor and imagine movies on the beach, ice cream every day, and warm weather. Ooh...but, bring your tissue box, you'll need it. 

A great book for fans of Jenny Han's "Summer" series. 

Second Chance Summer
Morgan Matson
480 pages
Young Adult
May 2012
Review copy


Sarah said...

I bought this last week and still need to read it but I cannot wait!

Linda said...

Would it be appropriate for older adults also? Sounds like a great read!

Amanda said...

All young adult books are appropriate for older adults! I even run a book club for adults that read YA :)