From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour comes a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
Taylor Edwards’s 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.
Seventeen-year-old Taylor and her family her mother, father, older brother, and younger sister are off to the Poconos for the summer, whether everyone wants to or not. Taylor falls in the latter category. Returning to their lake house after a five-year absence fills her with dread: she'll have to face her estranged best friend as well as the boy she left without saying goodbye. But hardest of all, her father is dying of cancer, making this their last summer together. Matson (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour) writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true, while steering clear of melodrama. Matson's story, which shifts between the present and flashbacks from five previous summers, is as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship. Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them. Ages 12 up.
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The book was amazing! I absolutely love it and I aspire to read more like this one. The author has an exceptional writing technique and this is truly the best book for young adults. It kept me up all night reading. I really adore these kind of books ♥️
I was really happy when Taylor got the guy, and i was thoroughly impressed with this book.
Morgan Matson has done a decent job with Second Chance Summer. Though I was disappointed for some reasons. Throughout the novel, I felt as if the book had related a lot to Morgan Matsons other book, Since you’ve been gone. The entire plot of Second Chance Summer just seemed very similar to the other novel. For example, In Since you’ve been gone, Sloane disappears. In Second Chance Summer, Taylor disappears. The characters also felt the same to me. It felt like they all had the same personalities and relationships. I’m not trying to hate on this novel at all. I am simply just stating my opinion of the book. But I did feel that the book was very emotional in a good way and taught people to savor every moment they have with the people they love.