Second Chance Summer | Review

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. 


The Stages of a Book Hangover

For book lovers everywhere, it’s inevitable. You get attached to the characters, the stories, the world. And then — the series ends. Just like that. And that’s when the book hangover begins.

Stage One: Denial

Alas, it begins. But you can’t quite accept it. You’re still mulling over the idea that you’ll never have another book with these characters again. No. You won’t accept it. You can’t. 

Stage Two: Shock

Holy Crap. It’s over. It’s done. Holy Crap.

Stage Three: Grief



We all know the feeling. Lying in bed surrounded by dozens of tissues. You’ll never be able to frolic with these characters in a brand new book ever again!

In fact, you’re so messed up you even just said frolic.  

Stage Four: Reading Slump



The very worst part. The reading slump. No book satisfies or holds your attention, no book is good enough. So you cast aside book after book, unable to read.

Stage Five: Netflix

Oh, the classic frenemy. 

Just one more episode of Gilmore girls…

Stage Six: Recovery

And just like that, after hours of Netflix, you pick up that one book, devour it, and you move on to the next one. You read book after book until the cycle starts again. 

Top Ten Prettiest Book Covers

Welcome to the post where we judge books by their covers. 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

Pretty dress. ‘Nuff said.

These Broken Stars by Amid Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

The colors, and the dress, and the stars…IT’S SO PRETTY. 

The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

All of the covers in this trilogy are perfect. The eyes, and just, everything. Perfect.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Welcome to the most tumblr book cover ever. I LOVE IT.

Mosquito land by David Arnold

I LOVE THIS. I really love the fun colors and quirky artwork. ❤️

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

“I don’t care what this book is about, I need to own it. Now.” Said every book lover ever.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Pastel colors. Adorable room. Tumblr scheme. I NEED IT.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

THIS COVER. Not only is it gorgeous, it gives you a pretty good idea of what the book is about.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The old covers were horrendous, but now the covers are BEAUTIFUL. Because Paris. It’s Paris.

And yes, I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book yet.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The happy title and adorable colors almost convince you that this might be an uplifting book. Almost.

There ya go! Did I miss any? Tell me down below! Also let me know if you’ve read any of these books so we can fangirl!!!