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From the author of Since You've Been Gone and The Unexpected Everything comes a dreamy story of summer romance and finding yourself, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen
Charlie Grant tries to keep her life as normal as possible. Hanging out with her best friend, pining for Jesse Foster - who she’s loved since she was twelve - and generally flying under the radar as much as she can.
But sometimes normal is just another word for stuck, and this weekend that's all going to change. Not only will everyone be back home for her sister’s wedding, but she’s also juggling:
- a rented dog that just won't stop howling
- an unexpectedly hot wedding-coordinator’s nephew
- her favourite brother bringing home his HORRIBLE new girlfriend
- fear that her parents’ marriage is falling apart
- and the return to town of the boy she’s loved practically all her life…
Over the course of four days Charlie will learn there's so much more to each member of her family than she imagined, even herself, and that maybe letting go of the things she's been holding on tightest to can help her find what really keeps them together.
Praise for Morgan Matson:
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
"Funny and heartwarming, we love Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Bliss
"Strong literary romance, this is an ideal summer read choice" - The Bookseller
"A near perfect summer read" - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
And Second Chance Summer...
"Absolutely huge recommendation. Matson has become my favourite contemporary author." The Bookbag
"Heart-wrenching and beautifully portrayed" Prettybooks
And Since You've Been Gone...
"A heartwarming story of loss, taking risks, new beginnings and self-discovery along the journey" - The Guardian
Set during a single weekend, Matson's (Since You've Been Gone) latest novel is full of appealing elements: the promise of a sister's wedding; a big, close-knit family; a mother who draws a famous comic strip; an estranged brother, who's returned for the big event; and plenty of unexpected guests, all packed under the Grant family roof. In a madcap series of events and in lightning-quick dialogue among family members, Matson explores absolutely everything that could go wrong under the circumstances. Protagonist Charlie narrates the weekend's ups and downs, handling two potential suitors along the way, but neither romance quite comes together amid the constant chaos. As the wedding fails stack up (the wedding planner disappears, as does a tuxedo, and the house alarm keeps going off), Matson introduces more emotionally resonant events impacting the family. There are no perfect weddings, or perfect families, Matson suggests in this romantic comedy of errors. Ages 12 up.