Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 5/5 stars
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 just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
I’m still crying after a week. So many emotions. So many.
Morgan Matson has a really clever sort of writing style. It’s not a descriptive, metaphorical type that you usually find in fantasy and etc. It’s more of the kind that makes you feel every emotion vividly, and it effects the way you think, which is perfect for contemporary.
Character development = ON POINT. Another one of Morgan Matson’s talents is definetly character development. I don’t want to spoil anything, even minorly, but it’s a big part of the story.
I liked how there were so many serious moments balanced out with more light hearted moments. Also, female friendships are heavily highlighted in the book, which I LOVED.
I would definetly recommend any of Morgan Matson’s books for those who don’t usually read contemporary.