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468 pages, Hardcover
First published May 8, 2012
When Taylor’s father suddenly falls devastatingly ill, his only request for the summer is to take the entire family back to the summer lake house they used to visit every year, when the kids were younger and things were easier. The only problem is that Taylor messed up, a long time ago, and Lake Pocono isn’t nearly as welcoming as it once was. In the most pivotal season of her life, Taylor must learn how to juggle her father’s health struggles and her own need to find a second chance in the lives of her former best friend and boyfriend.
A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted—mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.
But one thing that I was learning about what happened when you stuck around—it usually seemed that other people were willing to stick by you as well.
As I looked out at the water, I realized there was nowhere to go, nowhere left to run. And I just had to stay here, facing this terrible truth.
"It wasn't until now, when every day I had with my father was suddenly numbered, that I realized just how precious they had been. A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted -- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more."
Henry just stared at me, and I looked back into his green eyes, feeling the sudden urge to break into hysterical laughter, because it was beginning to seem like I couldn't turn around in Lake Phoenix without running into him.
And I'd gone to my closet, and returned with the stuffed penguin, settling him next to me on the pillow.
I busied myself straightening the cups, but it didn't seem like the customers even noticed me--never mind remembered me as the girl who thoroughly messed up the movie's introduction.
It made me ashamed for thinking so little of Henry--feeling like he wouldn't be willing to forgive me, just because that's how I would have acted.