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Second-Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Book Review

Morgan Matson’s debut novel, Amy and Roger’s Epic Road Trip, was a great book, so when I saw that Morgan Matson had written another book, I went to my library and checked it out right away. Second Chance Summer was an amazing book that showed the power of being a family and facing your fears :)
The main character, Taylor, has a dad who has recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer, which is fatal. For their last summer together, they return to the lake house where she grew up spending her summers at and is forced to confront a pretty major past mistake she has made.  I liked Taylor, but she had a major flaw: she ran away from her fears. This caused her to lose a lot of relationships and friendships. This also definitely proved issues when dealing with her dad’s diagnosis. There are awesome side characters, such as Lucy (Taylor’s former BFF) and Henry (Taylor’s first boyfriend). The characters were definitely perfect for the story being told.

Also, the writing style was really sweet. There were plenty of really sweet, emotional parts. The plot moved at a good pace, too. The dad’s love for puns and other cute things made this book funny at certain points. It definitely had a lot of powerful themes in it.  The only thing that keeps me from giving this book five stars is that I felt the ending could have been more developed. Besides that, this book is a great read! I’d give it 41/2 out of 5 stars.
Happy Reading!

Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse 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 summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware 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.


  1. I really like the cover and the plot seems to be perfect for this summer. ;) Thanks for your review

  2. This sounds like a really sweet read. I look forward to checking it out. Great review :)


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