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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  15,125 ratings  ·  1,636 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...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Ely


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.)
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.
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Melannie :)
Aug 10, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
AWWWWWWWWW! <3

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

I need!

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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Belle
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...more
Aly∞
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...more
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...more
Valencia
“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...more
Lauren Morrill
Can I give this book 11 stars? Or 24 stars? Or 50 bajillion stars?
Lisa
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa added it
So good - loved it. Sad though, so tissues are required.
Alexa
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...more
Antonia
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...more
Stephanie
3.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

If I were asked what the most haunting phrase in the English English is, “stage four pancreatic cancer” would have to be somewhere towards the top. It is, after all, a phrase that’s virtually synonymous with death. There’s something so terrifying about this disease, more than so many others: it’s an invisible disease that devours from the inside out. It’s a disease that people don’t know how to deal with, one that seems to...more
Anna

3.5


Usually we take people for granted knowing that they're still there. And sometimes we find them a little nuisance that we can't wait to get rid of them. But how will it be when his days are counted, somehow making it hard to believe he was totally different then than now. In that case, we deal with this in trying to compensate the lost time and that somehow it will never be enough. When would be the time to appreciate the person, and when would be the right time to say 'I love you' til it's t...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
4.5/5

Second Chance Summer is a heartbreaking story about a young girl more used to running away from problems in life instead of facing them. But when her father is diagnosed with cancer and told he has only three months to live, Taylor Edwards finally gets a second chance to repair what she did that summer five years ago...

Second Chance Summer takes place around a rustic lake house in the sunny Pocono Mountains, Pennyslvania, where Taylor is hoping to spend one last summer while her family is...more
Vicki
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...more
Dayla
So, yeah.

Thinking about reading this? Buy yourself a box of kleenex, a pint of ice cream, and get a nice soft blanket (depending on the season). You're in for an emotional roller-coaster ride. Though Matson uses similar tropes from her debut, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, she manages to make this story fresh, heartbreaking, honest, realistic, and a little scary--especially when you think you have all the time in the world with those you love.

This one hit a little close to home with me, so I m...more
Andvari
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.
Judith (Paper Riot)
Let's just say that my eyes were sweating a lot while reading this book...

(Oh, who was I kidding with my four stars? It was supposed to be five, naturally.)
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

It was the best of times...

Taylor is coming back to the summerhouse, Pocono Mountains, after five years. And she's not happy about it. Mainly because of the mess she made of things the last time she had been there. With her formerly best friend, Lucy, and her first boyfriend Henry. Now she has to find a way to get through all that, work on their animosity and grudges and see if there really is a way for her to get a second chance...

Luckily, there is, and she gets a summer filled with r...more
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...more
Nancy
I'm really struggling between giving this book 4 or 5 stars. Really, the only thing that stops me from giving it a full-on 5 star rating is the juvenile grudge. That said, it's been a long time since I was 12 years old and nearly as long since I was 17. The story hints about some long ago situation where Taylor did something that hurt both Henry and Lucy. What she did was definitely relevant to the story. How she handled it at the age of 17 was relevant to the story. How Henry and Lucy handled i...more
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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...more
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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.” 330 likes
“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.” 209 likes
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