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Second Chance

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  20,153 ratings  ·  1,027 reviews
The New York Times–bestselling author delivers another winning novel—this time a tale of friendship and fate. Jane Green has become a nationally bestselling author with legions of fans through her novels about the true-life dilemmas of real women—their relationships, their careers, their loves, their triumphs and disappointments. Green tells the story of a group of people ...more
Published November 1st 2007 by Michael Joseph Ltd (first published January 1st 2007)
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This book starts out as a British version of "The Big Chill" but goes downhill pretty fast.
We are introduced to all the main characters in the opening scene. They were school friends who went their separates ways and reunited when another friend dies in a terrorist attack.
So we have Holly, trapped in an unhappy marriage to Marcus, a vain, snobbish, selfish lawyer. The author devotes many pages throughout the book to demonstrating how vain, snobbish and selfish Marcus is. Oh, did I forget to t
I'm not sure what happened to Jane Green's writing craft in this book; the POV jumps wildly in and out of various character's heads, sometimes in the same sentence. The tense shifts from present to past and back. I suppose the effect is supposed to be one of sitting over a cup of tea with a good friend and having a gossip about other good friends. Only problem is, the book doesn't come with tea.

The story is Green's version of The Big Chill - a man dies (and why Green chose to make it a terrorist
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This book is probably the worst piece of Literature I have ever read.

In fact, I am very much surprise that I was even able to finish it. I'm not narrow minded, but really, I don't see the point in this book. I don't even know how it became a New York Times Best
While I enjoy Jane Green's novels, usually, they are simply chick lit--something to pass the time while by the pool, on the beach, on a plane, or just at home on a rainy afternoon. However, this book (while certainly chick lit) falls into another category altogether. I think this is the first and only time that Jane Green's writing addresses real issues that women (and men) go through. The endings in the book aren't always happy and I like that. You don't know from page one, or even page 101, wh ...more
I so rarely read books about ordinary people doing ordinary things, so it always gets to me when I realize that I actually enjoyed it very much. I think I had that experience with the first Green novel I read. The characters in the book are normally very down to earth, people you could imagine knowing at some point in your life. They typically have very ordinary problems that you don't think will make for a good read, but then they do, because they're so believable. It's honest to think that whe ...more
Amy Lyn
Found this book predictable but enjoyable as the characters were real and the themes of death and divorce, universal.

Favorite passage about grieving:
"The problem with grief is that it doesn't go away. As time ticks on, the rawness dissipates somewhat, and you find yourself settling into the pain, becoming accustomed to it, wearing it around your shoulders like an old, heavy scarf....And life has to go on. There are children to look after, meals to cook, cards to illustrate, playdates to arrang
4 friends (Paul, Holly, Olivia & Saffron) are reunited after their friend Tom dies in a terrorist attack. These friends have not seen each other in 20 years, yet when they come back together they are able to bond and share their life stories.

Each of the 4 characters is likable and the reader can stay interested in the story lines of the characters.

Holly is a mother of 2; she adores her children, but is married to a man who she really doesn't love. Will she stay married for the kids sake, or
Carolyn G.
I was disappointed in this book. Firstly, there were so many characters introduced and I found that I only really cared about Holly. So much time was spent on the other characters and they really weren't all that interesting. Secondly, the HEA (happily ever after) at the end for Holly was really lacking. It seemed like the author just got tired of writing the book at the end and wanted to wrap it up with a relationship that was explained in just a couple paragraphs. The whole reunion scene at th ...more
Second Chance
By Jane Green (Penguin, Michael Joseph)

JANE Green has a profound insight into people’s lives, relationships and loves, which she captures beautifully in Second Chance.
A group of old school friends are reunited 20 years later when Tom, the one in the group who kept in contact with all his mates, dies. After the funeral the four friends decide to keep in contact with each other.
I would not class myself as a chick lit fan but I became totally absorbed in the characters’ lives and how t
The second book I read in English.

I came across this book by chance when I was looking around at newspaper's at the airport. I just read into it and I found it interesting that the main characters are the same age as I am and they are all somehow rethinking and evaluating their lives, like I also often do.

Actually they used to be class mates or at the same form and they get together because one of their friends died abruptly. The very old friendships prove to be alive and partly because of los
The only reason I'm even writing a review for this book is to dissuade any of my friends who have it listed as a "to-read" to not bother. This book was a total disaster.

It is nearly impossible to keep up with the point-of-view shifts that seem to occur every other sentence. That, coupled with the tense shifts just drove me crazy. On top of all that, the characters were insipid paradodies - let's see, we had the beautiful actress with an alcohol additiction, a mousy animal shelter worker who need
I'm about halfway through and just totally love it. I am not usually into "chick lit," but then again this book doesn't seem to fit in this category.

I've had a couple of issues with the editing of the book (found one paragraph that looks like it should have been taken out - there wsa basically the same paragraph down the page, just worded differently. Weird), but the story is really good. It's basically the Big Chill, but for some reason, I identify with these characters a lot. Maybe because on
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
This book was recommended to be by someone at work, and I'm not looking forward to telling her I hated it! This book was essentially about the following: a group of school friends lose touch, two of them marry the wrong man, one of the friends in the group dies prompting a get together. They all are having a mid life crisis of some kind, one of which involves adultery, one of which involves alcoholism, another involving an accidental pregnancy and another a divorce.

At the end of the book, all t
Tom, Holly, Paul, Olivia, and Saffron compose a friendship circle from back in high school that has fallen out of touch, and when Tom is killed in a terrorist attack, the group of friends is brought back together, 20 years later.

Wow. This book…was pretty awful. I guess my major gripe with the book is that all of the characters were just such clichés: Holly, the woman with the “perfect marriage” whose husband is really a jerk, Paul, who can’t get pregnant with his wife, Olivia, the dowdy, loner
As anyone who has them knows, old friends are the best friends. You have a history together, one that can never really be found later in life. Second Chance reminds us of how strong our old friendships really are and that if you are fortunate enough to have a few of them, make sure to treat them kindly because you never know when they may pop up again in your life. When Tom an old friend of a large group of friends dies in an explosion all the friends that only Tom has stayed in touch with over ...more
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Jan 11, 2009 Janine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chen
Shelves: 2009, chicklit
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Rachael Hewison
The trick of a good chick-lit book is to get a character or characters that the reader forms an attachment too. This book had too many characters and none of which were that likeable. Green focuses mainly on Holly who is experiencing some difficulties in her marriage and considers whether she is happy with her husband anymore. I understand that in that situation you would probably spend a lot of time thinking about what you want, but dear god Holly just kept going over and over the same thoughts ...more
Deisy Fundora
Una historia comun y corriente, pero con mucho de verdad .
"Second Chance" had me from the get go as it begins with a group of 4 long time friends in their 30s who are brought back together again due to an unexpected funeral to mourn a very dear friend, Tom. Tom was killed in a terrorist attack in New York. This bittersweet reunion uncovers unexpected truths and vulnerabilities as these friends gather in Tom's "hometown" in Britain for his memorial.

The main character is Holly who I would describe as being in a loveless marriage for 14 years. Holly is m
One of my first thoughts when I was reading this was 'this is why I love British authors' - their writing is very precise and neat, wrong words to describe I think but I can't think of any other. I did enjoy this story, I loved the relationship between the friends, and it goes to show that no matter how much time passes or even if you don't communicate with long-lost friends, the people that matter will always matter.
Gosh, I almost don't know what to say about this one. Jane Green's "Jemima J" was one of my favorite books in my 20's, but I have been having a really hard time with her stories lately and I'm sad to say she may have lost a fan here.

This was really difficult to get through and by the time the end neared, I think Jane Green and I both just wanted it over with. Her conclusion was a disconnected train wreck where she managed to introduce yet another new character who is just as random as many of t
It's not terrible. It's not great. I feel almost like I want to give it more stars though because I feel bad about the reviewers who attacked it for all the wrong reasons. Instead of focusing on the complex relationships that the author was trying to show that can happen when people are adults. She was writing about feelings people have in spite of being rational. Her characters would be those people who say after our 20s age doesn't matter as much. Good, bad or ugly, it seems some reviewers rea ...more
Margo Brooks
Jane Green is very good at imagining the motivations of women in many different circumstances. I was impressed by how easy she made it seem to write about complicated emotions. I also found it nice to read grown up chick lit about women turning 40 rather than 25. That said, chick lit just isn't my thing.
I have enjoyed all of Jane Green's books. She writes to things we know, deal with, see, hear about, daily life. This book was about friends that hadn't seen each other in years and was funny, sad and enlightening on how we change over the years and how it only enriches our friendship with others.
Sep 25, 2007 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a quick read
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoyed this book while on a summer vacation. Although the premise (a bunch of friends getting back in touch after a friend of theirs was killed in a terrorist attack) may seem somewhat dark, the book was actually quite uplifting. A bit unrealistic maybe, but still enjoyable.
i actually really enjoyed this. it wasn't as lighthearted/chick lit-ish as most of her books are, it was a bit deeper.
there were a couple of sentiments about marriage that kind of bothered me, but other than that, it was a good read.
I really enjoyed this Jane Green novel. The idea of a death bringing friends back together is nothing new, but it's something often thought about later in life, after high school and college. When I first read this, I was in the midst of college and living around all of my friends. When I read it a second time, I felt I understood much better what Green was getting at.

There is something that changes when you're away, but many things that stay perfectly the same.

It is a great story of friendshi
Green is back with another bestseller where four friends are reunited after a terrorist attack in New York City. Having lived through 9/11, the train bombing hit close to home and the anguish the friends face despite having been separated are reunited in their love for their fallen friend. Once they come together they realize that together they form a powerful bond and can help each other face the difficulties in their current situations. Through humor, tears and angst, Green allows her readers ...more
Terri White
This was the first time I've read this author. I think I will read more of her books. This was a wonderful book chronicling the lives of friends who "re-discover" each other due to the untimely death of one of their own. They are all at that "mid-life" point, which means a lot of soul-searching and life changes. Sometimes I find books with multiple main characters to be confusing, but not this one. I truly identified with, and enjoyed, all the characters and their development. Of course, one of ...more
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Jane Green's fifteenth novel, Tempting Fate, is soon to be released; she is the author of fourteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels. Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings, she has gone on to write mature stories about real women dealing with all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.

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“Nothing like being with people you’ve known almost your entire life. Having a shared history is something you just can’t create with the new ones. No matter how much you like that, it just isn’t the same. ” 69 likes
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