Summary:  Taylor’s family is stunned when her father is diagnosed with cancer and given only months to live.  Her father decides he would like them to spend one last summer together at their old lake house.  Taylor, who has a habit of running away from challenges, mistakes, and pain, is now forced to deal with her father’s illness as well as face old friends she wronged in the past.

Thoughts:  Second Chance Summer is a compelling teen novel with a little bit of everything … grief, growing up,relationships, and first love.  Taylor’s feelings of insecurity, fear, and not-standing-out  (even in her own family) are realistic and relatable.  Author Morgan Matson pulls the reader right into Taylor’s journey as she reconnects with her father and siblings and also faces the typical teen challenges of broken friendships and a broken heart.  Her voice is strong and funny making her a character that is easy to root for.  Add Second Chance Summer to your beach bag … along with a few tissues!

Read Second Chance Summer if you:

  • enjoy books about summer romance
  • are a fan of Morgan Matson’s first novel Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
  • are a fan of books by Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han
  • are looking for a good novel about grief and loss
  • like a few tears with your reads