Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | a must-read bittersweet story

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 5/7/13

Page Count: 468

Hello readers! Today I am reviewing Second Chance Summer; just another lovely book by my all-time favorite YA contemporary author Morgan Matson! Check out some of her other books The Unexpected Everything, or Since You’ve Been Gone (two books I loved).


Taylor Edwards never had a closely knit family, because something always tends to step in the way of any bonding. When Taylor is seventeen, her dad receives devastating news, that leaves her family determined to spend a last perfect summer together, which might be harder than they thought, as they realize they don’t know each other as well as they ordinarily should. Taylor’s parents decide to move back into their old lake house, to bring back the type of fun that exists in their memories from five long years ago.

The Pocono Mountains Taylor left behind when she was twelve, much to her surprise, had gone through a lot of change, yet the problems she left are still begging to be resolved; to start off, it is almost inevitable she will face an unforgiving, broken-hearted best friend, and ex-boyfriend. As the summer goes by, the Edwards are hit with the realization that the clock is ticking, every day. Taylor learns to make the best of the moment, and of her past, because maybe she can make this last summer an opportunity for second chances. Taylor can regain everything she loved in her old life, if she just plays her cards right, to make the time she has left with everyone perfect.

“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.”



Another book by my favorite contemporary author Morgan Matson; how could I NOT totally LOVE it. Second Chance Summer was one of the most bittersweet books I’ve ever read; the perfect resolution of a girl who must figure out how to make her summer perfect after her life is about to be ruined. Though the book moved along fairly slow until the end, I think that this was the best way it could have been written…it portrayed the mending of friendships very realistically. It wasn’t simply your typical, ‘let’s be friends again!’ type of book.

The ending had me so heartbroken at the reality Taylor at last had to face. The way Matson changed Taylor as a person over the summer, was amazing. I know the cover might make the book look a bit cheesy, but it’s far from it. It is hardly even a contemporary, because it’s SO much bigger than that. Although it probably won’t happen, I would love to see this adapt into a movie. Second Chance Summer was overall, simply so heartfelt, and is a book everyone would appreciate deeply. The plot was such a realistic, common situation, which affects the readers view on it, in my honest opinion.

“Just because you’d left something behind didn’t mean that it had gone anywhere.”

Who’s your favorite author?


38 thoughts on “Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | a must-read bittersweet story

  1. I’ve read Morgan Matson’s Amy & Rodger and Since You’ve Been gone, they were such cute reads! I have yet to read Second Chance Summer, I’ve heard that this one is quite sad. Nevertheless, it’s on the TBR! Great review 🙂

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  2. I completely agree! This was such a great book and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Taylor’s character growth from the beginning to the end of the story was incredible and so well-written. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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  3. This is a great review! This sounds so good! I hadn’t heard of it before but I’m adding it to my list now. Umm… I don’t know who my favorite author would be since I have way so many I love. If we’re talking favorite contemporary authors, I would say John Green, Becky Albertalli and Jandy Nelson.

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  4. Great review! I’ve never read anything by Morgan Matson (shame I know), but I’m planning on reading since you’ve been gone this summer because it’s been on my TBR for so long! I really like the sound of this one as well though so I’m adding it to my TBR right now 😂 !

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