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Sydney Reads and Reviews: Second Chance Summer

11071466Title: Second Chance Summer

Publication Date: May 8th, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Author: Morgan Matson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Summary:  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.

My Thoughts:
 Taylor x Henry
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Taylor, Elliot, Lucy
Needed BROTP:  Taylor & Lucy
Fave Quote: “A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

Actual Review:  Kleenex Count – 4…actually 5, maybe even 6 if this review makes me cry as well.

This Young Adult book by Morgan Matson is one that will put you through the ringer. I had to get up and give my Dad a hug & tell him I love him after this.

SCS is a summer set story revolving around a family that is taking their summer up to an old family lake house that they used to visit each year until about 5 years ago. But it all has a hidden, sad reason behind it. The dad wants the whole family to spend that summer up there because it is possibly his last summer at all. Of course, Taylor, our main character, is a little apprehensive to return since she didn’t exactly leave on good terms. She also has a strong habit of running away from her problems. She is a poor public speaker and has a tendancy that reminds me of Emma Swan, running when things get too real or confrontational.

So as you can probably guess, this summer is going to be all about Second Chances for Taylor as well as a huge growing summer for her entire family. Throw in some part time jobs, some puntastic shops, and a great host of side characters including Matson’s dog Murphy, and you have a heartwarming story that will make you laugh, smile, and cry all within a few pages of each other.

I absolutely loved every moment of this story. It’s something that will touch your heart with something warm. IT will also make you want to call up your Dad and tell him you love him. Which is not a bad thing.



23 year old Mechanical Engineer that likes to read a lot in her spare time as well as take pictures of the books she reads.

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