Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Posted on 20 March, 2014

Second Chance Summer is a book that deals with a bunch of feelings we have all felt one way or another. It also touches a really serious subject, when a family member has a terminal illness, and everyone knows one day that person is no longer going to be able to be there for them. This is the reason why people that go through these experiences gain a better perspective of the world. They change. This is what happens in Second Chance Summer.

In all honesty, from the start or just by reading the excerpt, you already know what’s going to happen in the end of the book, but you just don’t know how it’s all going to play out. We are introduced to Taylor, a teenager that copes with uncomfortable situations by running away; she doesn’t actually confront her problems. Her father has cancer and only has a few more months to live; their relationship is a genuine father-daughter bond that shares comical dialogue but also some emotional moments. This is probably one of the things that got to me the most, because she has this special bond with her father that I think many girls can relate to. I can’t even begin to imagine having to go through losing my father.


As members of the family, there is also her brother Warren, her sister Gelsey and her mom. At the beginning of the book, you can tell Taylor feels left out of everything. She is the middle child, and her little sister shares this amazing hobby with her mom, while Warren, he is just all about studying and being the best. Taylor doesn’t feel that special, and that’s one of the things that makes it relatable.

There is also the presence of her old friend: Lucy, and of course a boy named Henry. One of the things that really stood out for me is how easy it was for old friends to reunite, specially friends you’ve know since you were a kid. This is what happens, Lucy and Henry, both forgive and forget about all the issues or problems that they had with Taylor years ago, because they are there for her and they truly care. This is why one should really value old friends, because they are the ones that know you best.

Overall, Second Chance Summer was a really good book, that keeps you interested. It’s a really emotional tale of old friends, love, family and specially change.

Second Chance Summer Book Cover
Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
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.
Rating: four-star