May 10, 2014

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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. From Morgan Matson, the PW Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.

I borrowed the summary from Amazon. Whenever she has a problem Taylor runs away. This is exactly what she's done that summer when she was twelve years old. Because of something that's happened then she never went back to her family's lake house again. Until her father asks the family to spend one last summer at their second home. Once she's there Taylor can't run away anymore every time things are getting difficult.
Second Chance Summer is a young adult book, a very well written one too. The story is sad, but there are also many beautiful and happy moments. I liked Taylor and her friends Henry and Lucy. Taylor has two special siblings, but even though they are gifted they don't excel at everything and they do need their sister. I loved to see how Taylor faced her fears and shortcomings. The moments when she was with her father were unique and meaningful. Taylor needs to learn how to let people in and that isn't easy, especially because her life is about to change drastically. I enjoyed this book immensely, even though it made me cry sometimes as well.

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