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A powerful novel about hope and heartbreak, “as much about loss as it is about first love and friendship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out—except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.

Taylor hasn’t been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who’s all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she’d rather leave in the past—but she can’t run away this time.

As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose. From Morgan Matson, the PW Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.

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    Second Chance Summer

    Definitely a MUST read. I loved anything about this book. It tugged at my heart from every direction. Wonderful job Morgan Matson:)

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    Like it.

    This book was good. I found it similar, in some ways, to The Last Song by Nicholas Spark. It is definitely not a rip off of the book though, the characters are really different. I thought the plot development was good but the character development could have been better even in the main character. It was worth the read though. I was still able to connect with Taylor despite the fact I wish there was more to her character in this book.

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    One of the best!

    I absolutely lived this book. It was real and raw with emotion. I just couldn't put it down. I read this book in two days. Please, if you want to learn how to cope with death, loss of love, courage and fortitude and then learn how to come back from it all and rediscover yourself....then READ THIS BOOK!

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