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.