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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  22,945 ratings  ·  2,587 reviews
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

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 justfine.ThenTaylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all
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Hardcover, 468 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Ellie


My brother opened the door of my room to find me in a sea of kleenexes, sobbing and crying my eyes out more or less like this. (But probably I was worse, I'm the ugliest cryer in the world. Seriously.)
He blinked, saw the book in my hands and blinked again.
He didn't say a word, just closed the door very quietly and walked away even more quietly.

I think I actually scared him.


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My brother opened the door of my room to find me jumping on the bed and screaming like a banshee "OMG I can't beli
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Zoë (readbyzoe)
I have a headache, a runny nose, I can't read the computer screen because my eyes are swollen, and my shirt is sopping wet from tears, so that can pretty much tell you everything right there.
April
EXCUSE ME WHILE I SOB OVER HERE OK BYE
4.5 stars!
Whitney Atkinson
Tissue count: 3

This book took me forever to read. It dragged a bit, which I felt was unusual because I flew through Matson's 2 other books. Although I did enjoy this one and it was definitely summery and made me wish I had a lake house, I'm really tired of Matson only writing about shy girls who never speak their mind or have confidence. It was really irritating in this book, moreso than her other two, and I found myself unable to relate to-- or enjoying reading about-- the characters. The entir
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Jenna
OF COURSE I FINISH THIS ON FATHER'S DAY
GAH

Edit: I am not afraid to admit that I cry a lot. It's a habit that I haven't been able to shake from when I was the baby of the family and I never got my way. Now, it's mostly at movies and at books that just stab you in the heart and twist. I cry, but it will only be tears streaming down my face and a little sniffle. I can count on one hand how many times a book has made me absolutely BAWL.

Second Chance Summer is one of those books.

Second Chance Summer
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Maureen
Reread June 14-15 for #MonthOfMatson.

WELL this book always manages to make me ugly cry in a way few books can. I love all the characters in this book, and I feel like everyone can relate with Taylor in some way or another. I definitely have run away from many of my problems when I shouldn't have!
Morgan Matson is the contemporary queen in my eyes, and this book is just another addition to a fantastic repertoire. Love me a good summer lake house contemporary always!
Time to go drink a lot of water
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Jenny
I was sitting on a bus and I was trying VERY hard not to cry.
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

WARNING: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is NSFW. That is… Not Safe For Work. And it’s not due to the usual reasons that things are deemed NSFW. Nope, no gratuitous sex in THIS incredible book. Second Chance Summer is of the ugly-crying NSFW variety. But we will get to that. I promise.

Earlier chapters of Second Chance Summer may not be sob-inducing, but they pulled at my heart an equal amount.

And there are a variety of reasons for that.

First of all, there’s Morgan
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I can't process my feelings about this book right now. I have never cried harder in my life reading a book. Granted, this is largely in part due to circumstances in the book paralleling circumstances in my own life, but I can't see how this book wouldn't move each and every person who picks it up.
I'll admit: there was a moment in this book around the halfway mark where I was worried it was going to be my least favorite MM book and that I might actually give it 4 stars *GASP* The book had the hu
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Lora
Aug 02, 2011 Lora marked it as maybe
Shelves: lib-to-read
happy dog

I couldn't be any more happy right now if I were that dog. It has a synopsis and a title and a release date! Now all we need is a cover.
Reynje
Something about Second Chance Summer felt familiar to me as I read, but it wasn’t until I was about two thirds of the way through that I realised what it was: it felt somewhat Dessen-esque.

Both thematically and stylistically, Matson’s writing reminds me of Sarah Dessen’s, albeit slightly less verbose. Matson’s novel centres around her protagonist, Taylor, coming to terms with some devastating news for her family, accompanied by a subplot around rekindling childhood friendship and romance. It’s a
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Pearl Angeli
Second Chance Summer

“The thing is that people only get hurt—really hurt—when they’re trying to play it safe. That’s when people get injured, when they pull back at the last second because they’re scared. They hurt themselves and other people.”

A heart-felt, beautiful tale about family drama, childhood romance, and friendship that will pull your emotions.

It's my first time reading a book written by Morgan Matson, and I could say that she's one of a kind. The first few lines of the book already told me that the aut
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Sarah
4.5 ish stars (definitely above average--I don't think the description does this book a lot of favors, as it kind of makes it sound like a kissing book, but it's really a book about family and love and friendship)

Not sure how to rate this one. It was incredibly good.And even though I knew from the beginning how it would end (read the book description), it still made me cry. Morgan Matson develops settings as well as Sarah Ockler does. The problem is that Amy & Roger (Matson's debut) is one
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Melannie :)
Aug 10, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
AWWWWWWWWW! <3

Summer. Vacation homes. Family. Old friends. Reconecting. Loooooove.

I need!

Polly
4.5 stars
Morgan Matson is the queen of summer contemporaries. The end.
Sahana D
When broken down, this book seems to have a lot of the things i usually love and look for in YA fiction novels (looove revisiting childhood crushes). I just dont think the author did anything with them - ya feel me?

take: the "quirky" family
the main character had a genius 19 year old brother with photographic memory. he was obsessed with the origins of things and is lacking basic social skills. That's all there was to him. those are perhaps faucets of his personality and idiosyncrasies but not hi
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Lisa
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

After falling in love with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour last year, I've been anxiously awaiting Second Chance Summer and am over the moon that it managed to exceed my expectations. I'm in awe at how connected I was to the characters and felt every single emotion they were feeling. I cried too many tears while reading this book, during moments that probably didn't even warrant them, and was blown away by the depth Matson created with her layered stor
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Ali
4.5 stars
Oh my... This book was an emotional rollercoaster. The beginning was kinda slow but once the storyline picked up it got really really good. Such a cute summer read!
Sheema
This was my first Morgan Matson read and let me tell you, I most certainly was not disappointed. This book dealt with loss in the best way possible and I felt what the main character was feeling, was experiencing. When she was sad, I was sad, when she was happy, I was happy and I love it when I can connect so completely to a character.

The writing was just so well done, the atmosphere of this book was so calm and tranquil but so utterly devastating and heartbreaking at the same time. You are neve
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Jamie-leigh Haughn
MY EMOTIONS!!!!!!

This book was seriously so good, this is the first book to EVER make me cry... and not just a few tears. I bawled like a little baby, just tears everywhere. This book gave me so many feelings, it was a roller coaster. I knew going into the book that it was going to be sad but I am shocked at the effect it had on me. Morgan Matson has quickly become one of my all time favourite authors, she is an auto read for me. The characters in this book were so relatable and I felt everythi
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Alyssa
I cried an ugly, ugly cry throughout the final 50 pages of this book. It's been so long since a book has touched me so strongly, even in spite of the predictability that comes with all dramas, and I guess it all just came together to knock me out in the best - and worst - possible way. I highly and wholeheartedly recommend this book, and hope that soon I'll be able to read another book of Matson's that affects me just as deeply.
Sophie
Morgan Matson has done it again!! I have absolutely loved every single one of her books so far and I can't wait to read all of her future works. I love the way she crafts characters and how she develops them and the relationships her characters have.
I thought that the ending of this book was very satisfying and I absolutely adored Taylor's character development :)
Good Golly Miss Holly
Beware: This one is a total tearjerker! With all the makings for an easygoing summer read, Second Chance Summer manages to be all that and more when the death of a family member is thrown in the mix. Surprisingly, this made the novel all the more believable and actually pushed it over the edge to a five star novel for me.

I was one of the few who didn't really see the amazing winning quality of Morgan Matson's debut novel but I'm glad to say Second Chance Summer is much more to my reading tastes.
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Icy Wong
4.5 cry-me-a-lake starts
I have to admit that I don't enjoy much at the beginning because this book is a bit slow ( not a bit but SO slow)
BUT, it become better and better and I LOVE it!
I can related to Taylor as I tend to runaway when I face difficulties too @@
When I was reading the last 15%, I cried so much... Especially Taylor's Dad letter, it made me cry like a river...
This book is not just about romance, but also about family and courage. I really recommend it to all of you 'cause the cha
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Sue (YAHollywood)
It was enjoyable, but nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking. If there's one thing I noticed after reading most of Morgan Matson's books, she is very good at story telling, but the long list of nonsensical paragraphs and lackluster flashbacks tend to dissuade me.
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
From the Final Thoughts portion of my review:

Second Chance Summer is one of the best books I’ve read. Period. It’s hard for me to keep my emotions out of my recommendation but I promise you that you will become absolutely absorbed in Taylor’s story. I PROMISE you this story is not all sad, despite my very emotional letter above. It’s a beautiful and moving story, set at at a summer lake house, that’s about love, friendship, family and second chances — not just about a girl whose dad is sick. Ma
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Michelle
I find it extremely difficult to write 5-star reviews, mostly because I think the 5-stars tells you what you need to know--I laughed and cried and aww'd and felt for the characters and want to shove the book at unsuspecting readers in the YA section of the bookstore so that they, too, can fall in love with the story. But this is my attempting to write a review of this book since it deserves one for being so wonderfully awesome.

It's no secret that I love Morgan Matson's writing. I mean, finding A
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Melanie
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3.5 stars

'A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.'

Second Chance Summer, summarised in one word could possibly be emotive. Packed with varying degrees of emotional states from the main character and to us readers, Matson's story unravels essentially to be a summer of second chances at love, friendship and family connections. A pleasing novel- which I'll admit, got a few tears at t
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Suraya
I think you all should know that I cried hard for this book. (i find it hard these days to cry over fictional characters. i mean I dont even cry while reading All The Bright Places

Full review later
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Jan 13, 2015 Giselle at Book Nerd Canada marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012
I'm waiting until this goes on BookOutlet, then it'll be mine. Love her writing
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  • What Happens Next
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  • Breaking Beautiful
  • The Waiting Sky
  • Kiss the Morning Star
  • Send Me a Sign
  • Waiting
  • The Summer My Life Began
  • Take a Bow
  • Bittersweet
  • Keep Holding On
  • Smart Girls Get What They Want
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  • Don't Breathe a Word
  • Lovely, Dark and Deep
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Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New Schoo
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“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.” 457 likes
“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.” 270 likes
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