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Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 8th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dicken’s words rarely rang as true as they did in this amazing book. I loved every second and just could not put it down. At times, it was a real tearjerker and I got several weird looks from my family, but I believe it to have been worth every second. You really see positive changes in Taylor from the beginning of the story to the end.
‘Second Chance Summer’ takes place when Taylor Edwards and her family decide to spend one last summer at her family’s lake house in the Poconos Mountains upon receiving devastating news involving her father. This causes Taylor to have to face the consequences of her decisions during her last visit. Having to face her former best friend and her former boyfriend isn’t easy, especially with what she was already dealing with. You really grow to love these characters and can’t help but smile as you watch the Edwards’ family grow close again as they face this summer head on. A wonderful story and a must read.
I can’t wait to read more from the author.