Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads: From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
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.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
Ope’s Opinion: This story is incredibly well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would have given it five stars, but I thought the pace of the book was a little slow. Morgan Matson did an awesome job of developing the characters. I think even though Taylor’s voice was the one you heard throughout the book, you could see how everyone was reacting to the father. I was so drawn to the characters that I felt their pain at the end, but also saw the possibility for them to move on to heal.
Even though this book is about the father’s death, most of the book is not sad. It shows a normal family going through the normal emotions when you know a death is coming. First they are all in denial. When a loved one doesn’t look sick, it is easy to go on with life and think it isn’t real. As the summer went on, you saw them depend on each other to get to the point of acceptance.
I am an older reader, so the length of the book was not a deterrent for me. It was worth flipping each page.
I did not read Amy & Rogers Epic Detour, but Morgan made we want to go do that now.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.