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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!

Magan: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Pages: 416 Release Date: first published in 1998, republished July 25th 2006 Publisher: Dell Target Audience: Young Adult / Adult Fiction Format: Own a Hardback copy. Why I picked it up: Estelle was generous & awesome & gave Summer Sisters to me for Christmas. Summary: Vix is a lonely 12-year-old […]

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July 29, 2016 - 8:43 am

2016: Summer Sisters (Judy Blume) – Confessions of a Bibliophile - […] “Not only do we see the girls grow up over time, but we understand in a very deep way how messy and complicated their friendship is.” — Rather Be Reading […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 1. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (Goodreads) Why? Engaging, dramatic friendship with romance, family, everything. (Magan’s review) […]

March 11, 2012 - 7:04 am

In My Mailbox (10) and Our 100th Post! - […] reviewed Summer Sisters by Judy […]

March 5, 2012 - 3:25 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! You’ve made me want to re-read this all over again! I first read it about 10 years ago when I went on a holiday to the beach and reading this I realised I’ve forgotten so much about it!

Estelle: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott Release Date: May 27, 2008 Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: Not sure. Most likely a blog but I’m not sure which one. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library: Summary: Danielle has never been to high school. Never been on a date. All of her […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Jessica Park ( Amazon ) What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci ( Amazon | B&N ) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott  ( Amazon | B&N ) How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford ( […]

July 29, 2012 - 8:04 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review): Recommended to me by the one and only Anna. E has read all (I think) of Scott’s work, but […]

November 30, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Estelle - It might actually make a good TV series too if you think about it. haha. I did like the book but now that I’ve read more of Scott’s books… this one is falling in my list. I loved Bloom and just finished Between Here & Forever. They both ended better for me. The story seemed to work better. But this one was still intriguing and I just love the colors in that cover. Thanks for coming by to comment!

November 30, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I actually read this book this year as well and I really liked it. I thought Danielle was a great character! And I loved Greg 🙂