Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 8 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing
Page Count: 468
Page Count: 468
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. -GoodReads
I was really apprehensive when I picked up this book because I knew that dad was going to die at the end, don’t look at me like that… its says it in the blurb on the back of the book, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read something that made me really sad. I am a very emotional person who cried whenever she saw promos of when Pam and Jim got married on The Office, still do actually. So I had a friend of mine read it first to test the waters. Now ladies and gentlemen, my friend Rachel is a self-diagnosed sociopath, meaning she has zero feelings like a Vulcan, and this book made her get teary eyed. She is however a daddy’s girl and I feel like that should be said.
I felt a lot of emotions with this book. I felt annoyed with Taylor every time she tried to run away. I felt annoyed with Henry at first because he was a big meany head. I felt a since of nostalgia whenever they would do the flashbacks to the last summer at the lake. But mostly I felt sad because the Edwards family didn’t function as a family but more as acquaintances living in the same house. I think my favorite part of the book was watching Taylor’s relationships with her siblings bloom. It sounds cheesy but it really warmed my heart. That and Warren and the girl from the Pet Store. So adorable.