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Second Chance Summer

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  18,828 ratings  ·  2,000 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
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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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.


My brother opens the door of my room to find me jumping on the bed and screaming like a banshee "OMG I can't belie

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
Aug 02, 2011 Lora marked it as maybe
Shelves: lib-to-read
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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.
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
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
I was sitting on a bus and I was trying VERY hard not to cry.
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
Melannie :)
Aug 10, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read

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

I need!

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
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.
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
Jamie-leigh Haughn

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
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.
Icy Wong
4.4 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
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Jan 13, 2015 Giselle at BO-OK 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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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
3.5 stars.

I decided to take Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson on my honeymoon because I loved its predecessor, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour ; plus from the title and adorable cover it seemed like the perfect beach read. I was wrong. For me, a beach read needs to be easy and fun - and while this was an easy read, and fun at times, it was also quite harrowing. Crying into my cocktail was not exactly what I had planned for my honeymoon.

It's my own fault, really. I should have stopped reading as
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.
Jul 24, 2014 Aly∞ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sarah Dessen fans
Recommended to Aly∞ by: Goodreads
Shelves: ya, tearful, summer, sad, romance
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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.

I'm not sure where my problem with this book stemmed from. With a 4.13 star average, over 15,000 four/five star ratings, and a family feel to the blurb, this book is supposed to be right up my alley.

In truth, this book annoyed and upset me a lot. I couldn't quite wrap my head around the fact that Taylor's main problem was that a
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
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
First Thoughts: This book made me feel all the things. I cried like a baby! So beautifully written.

(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

This book is absolute perfection, at least in my eyes. It features everything I could ever want in a YA novel - a beautiful setting, a tight-knit family unit, a sweet boy-next-door and a story that touched my heart. While I was a fan of Morgan Matson's debut novel Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, I can happily report that it's been topped by the incredible work
Perhaps I am one of the biggest cry babies in the history of avid readers, and this book gripped my heart from the get-go. I choked up, I teared up, tears fell softly down my face, and yes, I even bawled. This story hit home for me, so I didn't stand a chance from the start.

Taylor is a young girl whose father has recently been given only a few months to live, so her family decides to go to the lake house that they haven't been to for five years. Taylor, however, balks at the idea of going becaus
“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

Ok, guys, I am in an emotional mess right now. Just WOW. This book is absolutely amazing , from it's plot, the characters, the scene and setting, and the absolute perfect way it was written, it was full of emotions and ohmygod, just perfect!
After I read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour I fell in love with the Author's style of writing and the way she made everything so real, li
Andvari Leitón
Me cuesta encontrar las teclas por culpa de las lágrimas. Cuánta sensibilidad y talento esconde Morgan Matson. Qué generosa es con sus lectores. Cuánto nos da tras una fachada de sencillez. Cuánto me ha gustado Second Chance Summer.
Lauren Morrill
Can I give this book 11 stars? Or 24 stars? Or 50 bajillion stars?
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa added it
So good - loved it. Sad though, so tissues are required.
Wow. One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I've ever read. First of all, I want to point out how much I cried while reading this book. I did, and specifically somewhere towards the end I had to put it down and practically run to the kitchen to get a handkerchief.
I loved everything about it, "from its first frame to its last". The plot wasn't something extraordinarily original -a love triangle, a teenage girl who feels like running away when situations get too tense, a charming boy, a
3.5 stars

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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.” 395 likes
“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.” 240 likes
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