Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

74%

47 Critic Reviews

Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

A powerful novel about hope and heartbreak, “as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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.
 

About Morgan Matson

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Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Amy & Roger was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults in 2011. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at morganmatson.com.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 482 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Second Chance Summer
All: 47 | Positive: 41 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 01 2012

Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them.

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WAPL Teens

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Sep 14 2012

Funny, sweet, hearbreaking and full of hope, Morgan Matson is an author to add to your list of must-reads...

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TATAL

Excellent
Reviewed by Nico on Aug 14 2012

In many ways it is familiar but so well done that it feels new.

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Andrea on Sep 20 2012

In spite of its emotional nature, this novel is also laced with moments of romance, friendship, and hope.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Shanyn on Jun 08 2012

I don’t often cry while reading, and the end of this book hit me very hard, hard enough that I couldn’t read through my tears. This is a direct attestation to how well Morgan Matson built up the story and how well developed her characters were.

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The Overflowing Library

Good
Reviewed by Kirsty on Jun 18 2012

All in all a perfect read for your summer holidays with real depth which you will want to devour in one sitting.

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Pretty Books

Good
Reviewed by prettybooks on Jul 05 2012

Second Chance Summer is a heart-wrenching and beautifully portrayed story that is relentlessly energetic and hopeful in the face of extreme adversity.

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Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Magan on May 09 2012

The word I could not get out of my head when I sorrowfully closed Second Chance Summer was linger.

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YA Librarian Tales

Good
Reviewed by YA Librarian on Jul 23 2012

The entire novel felt sincere and Morgan Matson should be credited with making this painful situation have moments of light and happiness.

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Reading In Winter

Good
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Jul 16 2012

I was not expecting to completely fall in love with this book!

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The Book Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Rowena on May 30 2012

Matson wrote another winner of a book for me with this one.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Christina on Jul 12 2012

I highly recommend Second Chance Summer; just make sure you have a box of tissues

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Mermaid Vision Books

Good
Reviewed by Angel on Jun 18 2012

Matson’s true strength lies in the creation of characters that become more than the sum of their pasts, presents and futures.

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The Broke and the Bookish

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Jun 20 2012

So what did I think of Second Chance Summer? LOVED it.

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Daisy Chain Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Leanna on Jun 08 2012

Second Chance Summer will make you remember your own special summers, your childhood crushes, and your sad times too.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 16 2012

Second Chance Summer is one of the most powerful reads I've read this year.

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Emilie's Book World

Below average
Reviewed by Emilie on Jul 16 2012

While I loved the story in Second Chance Summer, I had my issues with some of the characters.

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Pure Imagination

Below average
Reviewed by Lori on Jun 14 2012

I think if I could have connected to Taylor a little more I would have loved it.

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A Good Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Kari Olson on May 01 2012

Aching but beautiful, Second Chance Summer has a strong family component to it that shines

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I Eat Words

Good
Reviewed by Britney on Aug 30 2012

Matson has so many amazing quotes in this book that I had to stop a few times to really enjoy them.

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The Hollow Cupboards

Good
Reviewed by Chey on Jul 16 2012

The unique and breathtaking moments that the author included in this story were what made it worthwhile.

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Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 15 2012

This is a luminous, heart shattering, and romantic read.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Sophie on Jun 29 2012

I loved Second Chance Summer and I’m already keeping my eyes peeled for Morgan Matson’s next book.

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Moonlight Reader

Good
Reviewed by Angel on Jun 25 2012

It was heart-breakingly beautiful and full of deep and meaningful emotions.

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Poetry to Prose

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Jun 21 2012

Morgan Matson crafted a beautiful story in Second Chance Summer and she now has a spot in my must-read author list.

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Portrait of a Book

Good
Reviewed by Christin on May 24 2012

I said this earlier and I will say it again: Second Chance Summer is beautiful and a book that I know will stay with me a long time. I am eager to see what Morgan Matson writes next!

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Zoe's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on Jul 24 2012

Since originally reading it, I’ve already re-read it twice.

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The Compulsive Reader

Good
on Jun 10 2012

The characters are all fully formed and a lot of fun. Although heart-rending and highly emotional, Second Chance Summer is an incredible, entertaining, and funny novel that will not disappoint fans of Matson’s first novel.

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Ramblings of a Daydreamer

Below average
Reviewed by Marie on Sep 28 2012

I had trouble connecting with most of the characters.

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The Authoress

Good
Reviewed by Amelia on Sep 22 2012

Her prose is easy to read and process, and elegant in its simplicity.

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Miss Page-Turner

Good
Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Sep 02 2012

Morgan finds exactly the right way to tell Taylor's story about her second chance

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A Little Shelf of Heaven

Good
Reviewed by Kristy on Aug 30 2012

What seems like a fluffy, cute read is actually a story filled with depth and had me in tears multiple times.

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Cheezyfeet Books

Good
Reviewed by Bella on Jul 23 2012

You won't regret it - both heart warming and heart wrenching, this has everything needed for that perfect summer read that you'll want to read over and over again, every time summer comes around.

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Mimosa Stimulus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Jul 18 2012

I wholeheartedly recommend Second Chance Summer to lovers of contemporary fiction, books about grief and relationships, great summer settings, and stories that tug at your heart in all the right ways.

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Following the Reader

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Sep 19 2012

If you haven't read this yet then stop what you are doing . . . and go and pick it up ASAP.

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Consumed by Books

Good
Reviewed by Liz on Sep 17 2012

Even if this book sounds too sad or too much like a Sarah Dessen novel for your tastes, give it a shot.

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Book Fanatics

Good
Reviewed by Kapri on Aug 03 2012

I was very happy with Second Chance Summer. Filled with heartache and heart-warming moments, I was not disappointed in the least. The great characters and a fantastic setting completes a great summer read.

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I Blog You Read

Good
Reviewed by Celine on Jul 03 2012

Even though this book is shelved in the YA genre, I feel that it would stand true amongst any adult fiction title as well.

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Almost Grown-Up

Good
Reviewed by Bookworm on Jun 27 2012

This is a fabulous book and left me with… just… so many feelings.

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Jess Hearts Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jess Hearts on Jun 11 2012

I didn’t love Second Chance Summer quite as much as Amy and Rogers Epic Detour.

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Writer Grrl Reads

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Aug 07 2012

I cannot WAIT to see what Ms. Matson comes up with next!

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Belle's Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Belle on Jul 15 2012

Harrowing . . . Crying into my cocktail was not exactly what I had planned for my honeymoon.

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Camisado Mind

Good
Reviewed by Shanise on Jun 07 2012

I loved Taylor's drive though everything she was faced with.

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Fiction Freak

Good
Reviewed by Nikki on Aug 06 2012

Definitely one that will end your summer with a bang.

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Above Average Below Special

Good
Reviewed by Lettie on Jul 20 2012

Morgan Matson has cemented herself as my go to summer author.

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Teenage Fiction

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole on Jul 02 2012

At the end of the day, Second Chance Summer wasn't anything groundbreaking.

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Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jun 04 2012

My heart stills thuds madly as I think back to the hurt, love and frustration this book made me feel.

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