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Second Chance

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  26,733 ratings  ·  1,223 reviews
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. In her latest book, Green tells the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by Viking Adult
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Aug 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 01, 2008 rated it liked it
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 rated it did not like it
***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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 will
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Linda Selbach
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Carolyn G.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 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 rated it really liked it
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
Lindsey Greto
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is a book about friendship - and truly great friends they all were. It is also about a marriage that is no longer viable, people looking for love and wanting to be their true selves. It is about loss too and the desire to have children and the difficulties with that. This one did not grab me like Summer Secrets did.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Katie Uhlan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I read and loved Jemima J when I read it many years ago. This book had all the potential for a great story, but in many places it just fell flat. It got good and intriguing and I couldn’t put it down about 200 pages too late. It starts out very slow and ended too predictably. I had such high hopes for this book and they just weren’t realized.
Ashy Khaira
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Suzanne Dix
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A good (but not great) beach read
Elaine Watson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was a very long drawn out story which quite frankly, if you have a depressive nature, I wouldn't bother reading.
Whilst I understand the turmoil grief can cause it went on about it for too long when the best friend (Tom) of the characters gets blown up.
The last half a dozen chapters were a bit more interesting if you can persevere with it.

Helena Wildsmith
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really difficult to put down - the story was exciting and the characters all felt very real.
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Jan 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chen
Shelves: 2009, chicklit
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May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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. ...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. ...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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