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Una segunda oportunidad

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  22,387 Ratings  ·  1,096 Reviews
La inesperada muerte de Tom provoca cambios profundos en la vida de todos sus amigos. Un grupo de amigos del colegio que ya han alcanzado los treinta y tantos se reúnen para honrar la memoria de su amigo Tom, muerto en un atentado. Este reencuentro despierta en todos el deseo de vivir una segunda oportunidad: Holly, casada con un marido superficial con quien vive una exist ...more
Published June 12th 2007 by Viking Canada (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 09, 2008 Alan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2016 CS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2010 Iyah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***If you love the book, do not read this review.

You can, if you would try not to post rude comments.

There are some spoilers in this review so if you haven't read this book yet, please don't proceed reading this review.****


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
Jul 26, 2011 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Apr 29, 2009 Amy Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance
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
Dec 05, 2010 Nicolette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, chick-lit
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
Jul 06, 2008 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2016 BookLover rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, audio, tpl, chick-lit
I’m afraid this one didn’t work for me. I’ve read Jane Green before and really enjoyed it but this one was all over the place. The story centers around 4 friends and a tragedy that ties them together. I just didn’t connect with any of the characters and the plots felt a little cliche.
Linda Selbach
I really didn't enjoy anything about this book. The only characters I even half-way liked were Anna and Paul. If you enjoy listening to someone whine continually about her husband (a man she choose to marry knowing how she felt about him) then this is the book for you. Otherwise I couldn't get past the selfishness and attitude problems of the characters. In reading other reviews this book is referred to as 'chick lit' and is a good one. I go back to my original foray into chick lit, which is Sop ...more
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
Aug 07, 2011 Georgina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Chance's by Jane Green is a book I have been meaning to read for some time and finally got around to doing so. The book focuses on four main characters; Holly, Olivia, Saffron and Paul, who were all best friends in school and have been reunited following the death of one of their close friends; Tom. They find themselves not only having to deal with their individual grief but it also causes them to re-examine their lives, leading them all to realise that they need one another.

Even though 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
Feb 06, 2016 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is my opinion that this kind of book is written to assure certain readers that it's perfectly o.k. to sleep around, divorce your spouse, drink, use drugs or worship materialistic things.

The "already been done" plot line (the big chill) is boring. The people are whiny and wooden. Reading this book was really a waste of precious time. Just don't do it.
Apr 14, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Nov 20, 2008 Mellissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2009 Janine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chen
Shelves: 2009, chicklit
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Madelin Gonzales
I thought the characters in this novel are detailed like Tom and Sarah how they try to keep their relationship brewing but to still work. The problems the characters encountered were like when Sarah found a few hints of cheating or affair but disregarded them completely and overlooked them. The best part of the book was when they left each other but midway through their life crisis they realized they could not live without each other. If I could change anything of this book, it would be the titl ...more
Sharon Metcalf
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely rate it closer to a 4 than a 3. This was the story of a group of school friends who had been incredibly close but whose lives had gone in separate directions and they'd drifted apart. The only one to have kept in touch with each of them was Tom. Very early in the book we learn Tom has been killed in a terrorist attack and the friends are in shock. They agree to meet before the memorial service & from that time they reconnect. In their share ...more
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
May 23, 2015 Deisy Fundora rated it liked it
Una historia comun y corriente, pero con mucho de verdad .
Aug 08, 2014 Jennefer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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
Jun 12, 2013 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 24, 2015 Els rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lang geleden dat ik nog een boek van haar las en toen ik haar laatste nieuwe in handen kreeg, had ik er zin in.
De buitenkant was sober in tegenstelling tot de, over het algemeen, veel vrolijkere covers van haar werken, maar hier paste het uitstekend omdat er veel verdriet aan te pas komt door het overlijden van een van de vrienden. Hij wordt wel een beetje opgefleurd door de vlindertjes die dan wijzen op liefde, op welk vlak dan ook. De titel is ook een heel goede keuze.
Ik zei het al vaker. In
Jan 22, 2015 Demarie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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