Book Review: Second Chnace Summmer

Second Chance Summer
By: Morgan Matson

85% out of 100
Teen Book 
468 Pages

Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out—except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.

Taylor hasn’t been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who’s all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she’d rather leave in the past—but she can’t run away this time.

As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose.

What I Thought:

Taylor was a really whiny character in my opinion.  She came along at the end of the book, but I didn't really relate to her or like her.  Lucy and Elliot I felt were blank and I didn't care much for them.  I liked Warren and his spitfire random facts.  He was cute and quirky.  Gelsey was really cute.  Taylor's dad was hilarious.  I loved his puns.  How he tried to read all his favorite books and see all his favorite movies before he died was something I would most likely do too. Henry was too nice.  He was to perfect and quick to forgive to be realistic.  I didn't know what to think of the writing.  I liked the flashbacks, I felt like it added depth to the characters.  The plotting was slow, but cancer stories are almost always slow.  

Summary of My Review:

I liked some of the characters, but very few of them.  I liked the flashbacks. Overall, I did like it, but I didn't LOVE it. 


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