Release Date: May 8th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Shuester
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Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary: 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 that type of reader that likes to read books that take place during summer, in well, the summer. So last week when the sun came out and the temperature got warmer and everyone was out working on their tans, I immediately took Second Chance Summer from my TBR pile in my room and got started reading by the pool. This book is the perfect summer read for countless reasons! Not only is the backdrop at a summer house and there’s cute boys and annoying siblings but there’s also major family issues in this book and I’m one of those readers who relates summer books to almost always having to have some sort of family crisis in it for me to fully enjoy reading it. I think I may the only reader who relates the two and likes it, but never the less I do.
Second Chance Summer is a pretty long book, it’s not one I could easily skim by the pool for a few hours and be done with, and it deals with a lot of emotional issues related to both family and personal growth. I really loved the length of this book because since it wasn’t just short and sweet every character had time to fully develop in this book and I got a perfect sense of who just all the primary character’s were. I also just in general loved the overall pacing of the book and how everything in Taylor’s life wasn’t fixed overnight and she had to continue to fix her relationships with all those around her day by day. And I know this sounds weird but as a reader I really loved reading how Taylor’s family came together, fell apart and then came together again. As a reader it was amazing to read because the pacing and timing of all the characters downfall with one another was just perfect and I felt the author really depicted the situation in such a real and honest way.
Relating to Taylor, the main character at first was a little difficult. We’re just so completely different, Taylor has a habit of running away (yes, physically running) from her problems and I’m the complete opposite, so there were moments that I felt a bit annoyed at Taylor at the start and felt like shaking her but as I read on I got a really good sense of who she was and what kind of person she was and I understood her. It was only then I wasn’t annoyed with her and even when she still ran away from her problems I understood her reasoning and logic and felt myself warming up to her quite quickly. I also have to say I loved how she made a visible effort to change; she’s definitely a hero in YA contemporary for that.
And of course it wouldn’t be a good old fashioned summer read without a good old fashioned summer romance. Taylor’s relationship with Henry, yeah, it was pretty amazing. I mean I wasn’t fanning myself or anything but it was definitely swoon worthy and I myself fell for Henry. I loved how their relationship also developed throughout the book too and how everything came together at the end for them.
“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.”
― Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer
mmer is definitely one of my all time favorite beach reads after The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. The emotional depth this book goes to and the emotions it stirred out of me had me all over the place. I loved this book and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a summer read in, well, summer.