Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
Release date: June 7th 2012
Taylor's family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it's stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven't actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they've ever been before. But all of them very aware that they're battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.
Guest Post: Morgan Matson talks favourite Summer Reads!
© Meredith Zinner
Summer books are my favorite! I love reading them in summer (of course) but I also love reading them in the dead of winter, when it’s freezing outside and all I want is to wear flip-flops and get a suntan. Here are some of my favorite books – the ones that always conjure summer up for me!
The “Summer” Series by Jenny Han
This trilogy – The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer, are such incredibly evocative books. Not only do they capture summer perfectly – set at a beach house with a pool! – but there’s a love triangle that still manages to give me goosebumps.
Along For the Ride and The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
I love Sarah Dessen’s books that take place during summers. Along for the Ride captures the lazy beach town perfectly – I felt I knew Colby, and wanted to move there immediately. The Truth About Forever is less of a beachy read, but still a great summer book – with new jobs, new friends, new boys. The kind of book that’s full of the possibilities of summer.
The Last Summer (of You & Me)
This book by Ann Brashares (she wrote the Sisterhood books) is another summer-beach-love triangle. Tragic and heartbreaking and summery, all at once.
13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
Sometimes you want to read about the beach, but sometimes I want my summer books to have a bit of adventure to them. This book is a quest/ scavenger hunt across Europe – perfect to read when you want to vicariously travel without having to go anywhere!
Thanks for the great guest post, Morgan! It's always a pleasure to have you stop by! :) I totally agree, the Summer series by Jenny Han is the ultimate series for summer! I really need to read some Dessen soon. I've heard so many good things!
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Second Chance Summer is out now from Simon and Schuster. Paperback, £6.99. eBook also available.