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Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summber by Morgan Matson [website | twitter] Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 480 Keywords: Family, Cancer, Growing Up, Friendship, Love Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: Paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Taylor’s father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given approximately three months to live. Her family […]

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May 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

Second Chance Summer | Review | #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek - Mostly YA Lit - […] to be heart-breaking. I’d heard that from all of my favorite book people. But I also knew that every single book person I trust has loved it, and that I was going to be guaranteed a story that would […]

May 14, 2014 - 12:01 am

YA Book Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so […]

July 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Morgan Matson's Summer Essentials - […] our very favorite authors who never fails to wow us with her incredible writing. We deeply loved Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. There’s no doubt that Morgan’s books are a […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] Matson (Goodreads) – I suppose after seeing my name pop up in their twitter feed regarding MY UNDYING LOVE for this book, they decided I needed a finished copy of this […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds incredibly beautiful. I am SO excited to read it!

June 2, 2012 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] by Deb Caletti (Goodreads) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Magan’s review) Forever Summer by Alison Noel (Goodreads) Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Goodreads) […]

May 31, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting - Oh, this one brought tears to my eyes. I haven’t read The Story of Us, but it might make an interesting companion read. Thanks for the review.

May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 14, 2012 - 1:36 am

Jasmine Rose - It usually takes one or two people (at least) to convince me to read a contemporary. It’s strange. I usually love the contemp books I read, but the synopsis(es?) don’t really grab me the way a dystopian or fantasy does. That being sad, I’m so glad to be seeing awesome reviews for Second Chance Summer popping up because they’re convincing me to read it! I adored Amy & Roger’s so this one is definitely on my TBR now. Great review, Magan :]

May 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan loved Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. A great meme by Broke & Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious […]

May 12, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Katie @ BlookGirl - Okay, okay! I’m convinced! Even though this book is likely to rip my heart out, I will go out and buy it this weekend 🙂 What a great, thoughtful review! I love relatable contemporaries, and this certainly sounds like one for me. Can’t wait to experience it for myself! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 <3

May 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

Novel Sounds - […] Detour so Second Chance Summer was definitely on my reading list. Then Magan from Rather Be Reading read it and LOVED it. I immediately bumped it up and now I am maybe a bit broken. I knew it was going to be love in the […]

May 11, 2012 - 12:24 pm

elena - OH MY I just finished this book and I HAVE FEELINGS!!!!! It’s so warm and wonderful, trying to write my review ASAP. Yours is LOVELY, I love how much you love the book and that you mentioned the pacing was perfect. Augh such a good book.

May 9, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Liz - As if I needed any more reason to be desperate to read this book. I seriously cannot wait to read it. I pre-ordered it from my local book chain, but they are proving to be super slow with it.

Beautiful review, so happy you loved it. I am prepared to have a good long cry session with this one.

May 9, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Magan - ANNA! YES – yes you do! Hop on that… pronto! 🙂
Mandee – THANK YOU! I’m fully embracing the crying during reading. It was quite a relief to let so many tears go. Haha. 🙂
Hannah – YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. ’tis true. I’m not a rule-breaker, but I vote you break the book buying ban for this one!

May 9, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Magan - Sharon, I definitely recommend a non-populated area while reading. The husband thought I was having a breakdown! Hahaha

May 9, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh girl, sounds like I need to read this! I’m so excited because I love the cover and it makes me so happy to hear that the story inside is even better. I WANT THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.

May 9, 2012 - 4:34 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve been so looking forward to your review and it’s wonderful! I’m so glad this book lives up to it’s gorgeous cover and I know, like you, I will crying my little heart out at the end 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Anna - I very much need to read this.

May 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, wow. I really am looking forward to this one, particularly after reading this review! I am going to have to wait until I’m ready to cry and have time to read not in public, though. I have a feeling my coworkers in the break room might be a little put off by hysterical sobbing, which is most definitely going to happen. I can feel it already.

May 9, 2012 - 10:04 am

Magan - Thanks so, so much Lori! I actually haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour yet. I know – *gasp*! You can bet I will be now!

May 9, 2012 - 10:03 am

Magan - Hi Anna! I can’t even describe how much I love this book. It doesn’t feel like I’ve done the book justice in my review. All I can say is READ IT NOW! I hope you love it just as much as I did! (Also, I loved that she was “normal” too.)

May 9, 2012 - 8:04 am

Anna Scott - Oh wow. I love it when I find book that I adore as much as you clearly adore this. I was really impressed with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and I’m really looking forward to this one.
I like your note about Taylor not having any stand-out skills. I sometimes annoys me how some YA main characters have to be super-smart or athletic or artistic to make up for the fact that they don’t quite fit in, or whatnot. It’s refreshing to have a main character that is ‘average’ (whatever that means!)
Great review! x

May 9, 2012 - 7:28 am

Lori - I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. It’s one of my most favorite books. So I’ve been super excited about this book. Now I’m even more excited! I love your review!

Book Report: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder [website | twitter] Release Date: December 8, 2011 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 357 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardback from the library for E; Hardback owned by M. How we found out about it: Well, it seems like everyone and their grandma had read this book so it’s about […]

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March 7, 2012 - 11:55 am

Magan - April, you make a really good point. I’m listening to my first audio book now, and it’s a much different experience than reading a book. I agree that we were both pretty down when we didn’t love PoM. 🙂

March 7, 2012 - 11:54 am

Magan - I’ll be really curious to know what you think after you read it, Mands. I’ll keep a lookout for your review once you’ve read it. 🙂

March 4, 2012 - 8:52 am

April Books & Wine - I wonder if I connected more deeply with The Probability of Miracles because I listened to the audiobook, so it felt like Cam was a real person telling me her story?

It sucks that you guys did not fall head over heels in love with PoM. 🙁 But I get why, after reading this. And I really sincerely do wonder if the audiobook is a whole other experience compared to print.

March 1, 2012 - 10:36 pm

VeganYANerds - Another fun book report, girls! I haven’t read this and I kept thinking it was because it was a 2012 release so I’m surprised to see if was released last year, I need to read this. I’ve read Anna’s review and now yours and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds, even if there’s not a strong connection with the main character.

March 1, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - These joint discussion things are so fun! It makes me wish I had a second blogger so I can do stuff like this, HAH.

But I’m sorry you guys didn’t love The Probability of Miracles as much as you wanted to! I really, really loved it, it affected me in so many ways. But my boyfriend’s brother passed away last February from cancer, so POM was one of the first and probably last cancer books I’ll be reading, at least for a good, long time.

Thanks for the honest review!

March 1, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Aww, I’m sorry you guys didn’t love it! I sort of did. Love it, that is. I thought that Cam was refreshing and snarky, and I appreciated why she thought her situation was kind of hopeless. Especially because I thought she got a little less hopeless at the end. But I can totally see how the beginning would be a little slow; the action in Promise was so much better. I thought the part where she visited her friend was a little bit unnecessary, but I got a kick out of the visit with her grandmother, mostly because she lived in Hoboken and I’m from Jersey myself ;-). Good call about personal experiences affecting your reading! SO TRUE.
Great review, ladies!! Thoughtful and honest and AWESOME.

March 1, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Liz - I couldn’t agree more with you guys more on this one. It feels like every review I read for this one gives it a glowing recommendation, so I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who didn’t absolutely love it.

There were parts that I enjoyed, but overall I really just didn’t connect to it as much as I would have hoped. Every point you both make here is dead on.

I really love your blog, it is quickly becoming one of my favourites!

March 1, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Magan - Anna, I know! I wanted to love it so much. I kept waiting for ALL THE FEELINGS to kick in, but it didn’t happen for me. 🙁 And we love you too!

March 1, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Anna - REVIEW TWINSIES. Or, well, triplet-sies? But still…wahh you didn’t love like I loved. But…but…whatever I love you anyway 🙂

Magan: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols Released: March 17, 2009 Pages: 245 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: Recommended to me by Estelle Format: Downloaded to my Kindle. Summary: Meg is a 17-year-old girl caught up in a bad relationship with druggie Eric; when Meg gets caught at the Bridge with Eric, […]

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June 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 2. Going too Far by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads) Why? Hot hot chemistry. (Magan’s review) […]

December 23, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Mandee - I REALLY loved this book too, it was so well written and I loved the tension between Meg and John.

December 21, 2011 - 10:55 pm

Magan - Alexa! Yes, you totally should. They’re so great – often very full of struggle and lots of tension. I love her work!

December 21, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I have to start reading Jennifer Echols’ books now, because you guys have given such great recommendations! This one sounds really good and I’m going to try to squeeze it in sometime early next year 🙂