Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bookanistas: Second Chance Summer



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.



I absolutely loved Morgan Matson's debut novel Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and I've been dying to read something else by her. I was excited when I heard her second book was going to be a summer book, because there's nothing I love more than a good summer romance. 


Well, this book isn't a romance. Not exactly. There is definitely a romance element to it, with Taylor trying to reconcile with her first love, Henry, whom she left rather suddenly five years before and never spoke to again. But this book is about so much more than that. It's about family, it's about friendship, and it's about learning to be who you are and go after what you want.


My favorite thing about this book was the fully realized characters on every page. Each one of the characters was so developed and so layered, I felt like any one of them could have hopped off of the page and existed on his/her own...from Taylor and Henry to each of the members of Taylor's family to Nora, the next door neighbor, or Wendy, the girl who worked at the pet store. (Did I mention there s even a dog in this book? I love a book with an awesome dog!)


Morgan Matson's writing drew me in from the very first page. I knew before the first chapter was over that I was going to be absolutely in love with this book, and I was right. I thought the story might lag, give that this book is close to 500 pages, but it never did. I was glued to every single page, and I loved taking this summer journey with Taylor and her family. 


If you loved Morgan Matson's first book, if you want a summer story that is a little deeper than your typical romance, or of you're looking for a good summer cry, you'll love this one. 


Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...

Stasia Ward Kehoe is blown away by DINOSOARING

Nikki Katz is crazy about Holly Black’s Curse Workers series
Shelli Johannes-Wells  shares a guest post by SURRENDER author Elana Johnson
Shannon Messenger champions ALL THESE LIVES--with a GIVEAWAY!

Gennifer Albin swoons for A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE.

9 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this book. I absolutely loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and like you, I was dying to read something else by her. I'm a little nervous to read it though, because I know it's going to be so sad. Also, I'm really close to my dad, and I don't want to think of anything bad happening to him. But it really does sound like an amazing book, and I will definitely read it this summer.

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    1. It is sad, but it's so, so good. Don't let that keep you from checking it out!

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  2. I have this book on my shelf and I'm so excited to read it. I loved her first book too and I also appreciate a good summer story!

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    1. I was trying to wait until I was actually on summer break to start it, but I just couldn't help myself. So good!

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  3. This sounds like a great character piece. Must grab it. Thanks.

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    1. YES. It is. Be sure to pick it up! :-D

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  4. As you know I loved loved loved this book :D Crying silently to not wake up the hubby. I especially agree with you on this: "My favorite thing about this book was the fully realized characters on every page. Each one of the characters was so developed and so layered, I felt like any one of them could have hopped off of the page and existed on his/her own.."

    After turning the last pages, I missed the characters, their quirks and dreams, their jokes and stories...

    Great review, Jessica!

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    1. I missed them, too! All the characters were so real!

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  5. I bought Amy & Roger's Epic Detour because it looked good and perhaps because the MC was called Amy... *blushes*. But it's still half-finished on my bookshelf, because I didn't exactly love it. This book, however, sounds more my sort of thing - great review!

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