Genre: Contemporary YA
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
I expected a lot from this because I loved Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and I'm sad to say I was disappointed. There's nothing wrong with Second Chance Summer but there's nothing great about it either. I didn't hate it, it was just fine. It did make me cry in a coffee shop but that was kind of a given with the subject matter! The protagonist was easy enough to like, the love interest was cute, the family dynamics were interesting enough but there was nothing remarkable, it all felt very familiar. It'll be filed away in my mind with everything Sarah Dessen's ever written!
Use it to pad out your summer reading but don't expect anything spectacular.