Bookish Spotlight (6): Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Bookish Spotlight is a new feature for 2014. I wanted a feature that would showcase — in my opinion — the best books, or, the books that I absolutely love and can’t stop sharing with other people. These can be books, entire series — anything goes! My goal is that my readers might find a great new read after reading this feature. 

second chance summerTitle: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Released: May 2012


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.

Why it’s a favourite: Oh my gosh, THIS BOOK! I never, ever cry when I read a book. It’s kind of like how I never get scared while reading a scary book (a WHOLE other story), but the truth is there — it’s SUCH a rare thing. I read this book shortly after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I wondered why I was reading two books about cancer after each other, but I found John’s book to be more of an easy read, with his blend of seriousness and humour, so while OTHER people cried, I did not. Now, with this book, I was an absolute wreck. I think it was because it’s a book about something that could happen — and it’s just such a sad thing. Morgan Matson is a wonderful, wonderful writer and I just couldn’t get enough. Surprisingly, this is a book that STILL isn’t on my shelf, but one I will buy eventually. One day I’ll be ready to relive it …

Have you read this one? 



6 thoughts on “Bookish Spotlight (6): Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

  1. Oh well call me intrigued bc I’m so the same way! I think I can count on like 2 fingers the amount of books that made me cry. And really those were just books that had me teary eyed I’ve never ugly cried from a book or a movie. I’m just heartless I guess haha. But not I just think I know it’s fiction at the end of the day so dunno. Anyways, def going to be giving this one a try!

    • Well if you’re heartless, then I must be, too, since this is really the only book that has made me ugly cry. I hope you can read this one sometime — I hope you like it if you do!

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