Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

“Taylor Edwards family might not be that close - everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled, but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor's dad gets some devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend on last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much smaller than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again, but as the summer progresses they're more aware than ever that they're battling a ticking clock. And as Taylor tries to deal with the drama at home, she is faced with the fact that the friends she thought she'd left behind haven't actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is still living across the lake and still as mad with Taylor as she was five years ago, and her first boyfriend has moved in next door...but he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. Can one summer be enough time to get a second chance - with family, friends, and love?”

I originally thought this book was going to be a sweet summer read, how wrong I was. This book is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

The story follows 17 year old Taylor who always runs away when things get hard for her. She ran away when things got rough at their summer house five years earlier.  Her dad is terminally ill and his last wish is to spend his last summer at their summer house. During the summer she must confront her past, her friend Lucy and Henry who she left behind. Even though this book deals with terminal illness there is still summer romances but the mix is just right throughout this novel.

At the start of the book I found Taylor’s character annoying however as the book went on I warmed to her. Toward the end of the book things Taylor did made me question how I am personally.

During this book there were a lot of errors, which caused me to have to re-read a lot of certain sections. I would definitely recommend this book.

4/5 stars

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