second chance summer by morgan matson

Release Date: May 8th 2012
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 8 (Really good. Recommended.)
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Purchase: Indiebound, Amazon

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.

Let me get this out of the way first: adlksgma;lekmdg I’M NOT CRYING, IT’S JUST RAINING ON MY FACE!!

I was a fan of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour so Second Chance Summer was definitely on my reading list. Then Magan from Rather Be Reading read it and LOVED it. I immediately bumped it up and now I am maybe a bit broken. I knew it was going to be love in the second chapter when Taylor’s favourite pizza was pepperoni and pineapple. Then I really really knew it was going to be love with the puns. Augh, this book is so quietly devastating and it’s devastating because it’s so realistic.

From Taylor, the person whose response is most definitely FLIGHT over fight to Warren, the brainy brother, to Lucy, the estranged best friend, everyone was fantastically detailed. I could really see the strength of Taylor’s relationship with her dad and it broke my heart. The man never fails to crack a pun, the cheesier the better, how could I not love him? He was the best kind of dad, the real Coach Taylor kind where he knows what to say and understands. It’s heartwarming and bittersweet to read his scenes with Taylor. Henry! He works at a PASTRY SHOP and is so good, how could I not love him? I loved reading about his relationship with Taylor too and watching it unfold slowly throughout the novel with the help of flashbacks. Sometimes flashbacks can be jarring but I think Morgan Matson did them very well. They never felt like too much or too slow.

Second Chance Summer holds a spot on my favourite contemporary reads now. The emotions in this book are subtle and palpable, it gets to you. Absolutely wonderful.

Sound: Beach House – Wild
Wild in our ways
What we are making
Heartless to say
Go on pretending

One chance to fall behind the lines that will not let you
Can I believe in how the past is what will catch you

I have a really intense love affair with Beach House and can’t seem to shut up about them. I’m going to attempt to keep this simple: Beach House makes sonically perfect music and it’s astounding how well they mesh together. I listened to them while reading Second Chance Summer and the ache in both of them so immense I get overwhelmed sometimes.

29 Responses to “(i’ll take care of you) review: second chance summer by morgan matson”

  1. The problem with liking a book as much as I do this one is that it could fail to live up to other’s expectations. And I am SO GLAD you loved it like I did. I was worried about people possibly not agreeing. *phew* I shouldn’t have been worried though – Matson’s writing is beautiful and everyone will fall in love with this family! Also, my husband thought I was suffering from some real life problem as I sobbed through the end of this book. He doesn’t understand that tears can come from books. He reads mostly fantasy-ish books. HAHAHAH
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    • Elena says:

      Yes, I get what you mean! I’m so nervous when I rec a book! Ahaha aw. This book is definitely an emotional read but it didn’t feel like it was emotionally cheap or anything like that. I already want to re-read it.

  2. Hilda K says:

    *gives out Kleenex* Thankfully I just grabbed a copy of this book yesterday, so I don’t have to pine for this book after reading your review, Elena! :) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is amazing so I have my hopes high for this book! I love reading emotional books, especially ones that make me cry! A bit masochistic of me I know. :P

    Beautiful review, Elena! :)

  3. AWWWW, ELENA! *sends a million hearts to you along with hidden tissues because of course you’re not crying!*

    As soon as I saw your 5 brilliant musical notes for this, I immediately moved this from my considering-to-read pile to my oh-my-goodness-I-must-harass-as-many-people-as-possible-to-get-my-hands-on-this-ASAP pile! Hearing that a Henry works at a pastry shop is so adorable and FRENCH (or is that Henri LOL?), and all of those characters you described just sound so wonderful! I love silly relationships with silly dads — I’ve always wanted one :’)

    I’m so happy that I read your amazing review, Elena! Otherwise I would’ve skipped over this book, and then were would we be? <3
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    • Elena says:

      hehe thank you, Mimi! Ahh I was actually going to give this book 4.5 stars but I can’t think of anything wrong with this book so I bumped it up to 5! I’m trying to be a little more generous with them, haha. I HOPE YOU READ IT SOON! It’s so so good and I think you would enjoy it. ♥

  4. Audrey says:

    Oh my gosh, I can already predict all the RAINING on my face XD
    Fabulous review!! I really enjoyed Amy & Roger as well, and this one has been on my wishlist forever. It seems like Morgan Matson really impressed, I can’t wait to pick this up!

    • Elena says:

      yes! I think if you enjoyed Amy & Roger, you would definitely enjoy this one. Morgan Matson stepped up her game.

  5. Celine says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! I just finished this book, Elena and I can’t believe I loved it even more than Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour considering that book was EPIC! <3 Henry Crosby is my newest crush. He's so sweet, cute and amazing. HE is LITERALLY SWEET! ;P

    Awesome review, Elena! <3 I am so glad you enjoyed it!
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    • Elena says:

      YAY! I love that we feel the same way about this book! Henry is such a qt, literally sweet is right. Thank you! ♥

  6. Born Bookish says:

    I didn’t realize this was by the author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour =O I’m definitely adding it to my list now! Great review =)
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  7. Sophia says:

    UGH! I hate that you’ve already this before me! >:( Haha, well not seriously, but just a little. This one is definitely next on my to-read list. I LOVED Amy & Roger’s, and I’ve heard this one is even better, SO CAN YOU FEEL MY EXCITEMENT? :D I’m so, so, so happy you loved this one, Elena. <3 It's totally going to be raining on my face as well when I read it. *pulls out box of tissues* I'm prepared. :3
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    • Elena says:

      haha sorry! Now you have to read it so we can gush about it together! I love that you’re prepared, I started getting emotional early on but reined it in until the end. Can’t wait for you to read it. ♥

  8. VeganYANerds says:

    I love your review, you’ve just made me want this even more and I already wanted it so much! Luckily, I have a copy on the way to me, I will drop everything and read it when it arrives!
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  9. Thanks for the review! I’ll be rushing to get a copy of this as soon as I can now.

    It’s okay, it’s okay. We’ll say it was the rain. :P Now I’m going to expect to cry in this one, if I don’t it’s on your head! Mwahahahaha…
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  10. Estelle says:

    I’m so glad you felt so stongly about this book. I can’t wait to read it either! And you know what, I’m thoroughly impressed by your ability to find a song that goes with each book. I think if it were me, I’d have like 3 and never would be able to decide. :)

    Hope you have a great week!
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    I want to run home and read it now. Any book that makes you cry and write exciting, exuberant reviews this good is WIN. Can’t wait to read!
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  12. I really want to get my hands on this book STAT! I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (which I just finished last month) and I’m pretty darn sure I’ll love this book as much.
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