Hapiness, frustration, hopelessness, forgivness, sadness, annoyance, loss, joy, despair,...
Those are all the things that you encounter when reading Secong chance summer, and all of them play with your feelings in such a sophisticated way that you don't see what hit you (the fact that it made me cry in chapter two should tell you everything you need to know).
Three weeks ago, on Taylor Edwards' seventeenth birth-day, the life of the Edwards family was forever changed. Her pun-loving father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and had three months left to live.
Deciding to spend the last summer at their lake house, where five years ago, a twelve-year-old Taylor left behind destruction which she will now have to face alongside nearing an inevitable tragedy promising unimaginable heart break.
It was never easy for Taylor to live with two prodigy siblings: Gelsey being an exceptional ballet dancer, inheriting their mother's talent; and Warren having a photographic memory, always proving his amazing academic skills.
The only talent Taylor seems to have is running away when things get tough.
Ã??Ã?Â¢??As I looked out at the water, I realized there was nowhere to go, nowhere left to run. And I just had to stay here, facing this terrible truth.Ã??Ã?Â¢??
Although throughout the story we witness great character development, especially among the Edwards children, my favorite character remains their mom, who shoved nothing but strenth, courage and infinite amount of patience and love.
What really got to me, though, was Taylor's relationship with her dad as she got to know him better during their summer, learning little things that make him who he is and realizing that they were very much alike.
And as the only thing left to do was count down the days, Henry, Taylor's first boyfriend, and Lucy, ex-bff, kept Taylor's focus off the calendar hanging in her kitchen and I grew to care for them very much.
It is a powerful story about friendship, family and love; second and last chances.show more
by Jozica Kubot