My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Second Chance Summer is the first Morgan Matson book I’ve read, and after reading, it won’t be the last.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.
Taylor doesn’t have the closest bond to her family anymore. However, when the family gets some devastating news they decide to spend one summer—just like the old times. Which wouldn’t be a problem for Taylor if it wasn’t in their old vacation home, where she burned all the bridges to her former best friend and her first love.
So… This book has cancer in it. It was literally the first thing I knew about this book. I’ve always been kinda wary about books that featured chronic and fatal illnesses, because it honestly feels like I’m giving the go-ahead to crush my heart into pieces and scatter them everywhere to make me really sad. But, before I go into telling you all about this book, just know:
This is not a cancer book. Yes, it has a character with cancer, and it affect the main plot. But it’s really more as an inciting incident, that allows the rest of the story to go on.
And I think that’s why I got a lump in my throat, and a bit teary eyed. Because above all, this story was about how life goes on. Not just while you stay out of touch for years, but also when something earth shattering happens in your life. It’s devastating, but also oddly comforting to read about.
So, anyway. This story is about Taylor, who used to love the vacation home. She had a best friend, and she even found her first love there. Of course, that was years ago when she was twelve—and she hasn’t talked to either of them since she basically ran out on both.
Her dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and his last wish is just one more summer together.
And that’s what happens. They travel to their vacation home, and Taylor has to find a way to deal with all the things happening at once.
And she was flawed, immature, and just gold. I found myself relating to her, well… at least my teenage self. And I just… I really loved how it was portrayed.
Contemporary YA lovers. The plot isn’t the most action filled, but it does have a slow burn romance, and some great messages on second chances and how important family and friends are.