Parents' Guide to

Second Chance Summer

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen faces dad's death, former crush in beautiful story.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Amazing book good for mature tweens

Let me say something before I start the review: The book is amazing. The first paragraph makes you want to read the book, not even, the COVER makes you want to read it! The word choice paints a picture in your mind, and you feel as if you know the characters and care for them by the time you are finished. While there are some curse words, I think tweens that can handle that should be able to read the book. Definitely no one nine or younger, I must say, and ten might be iffy, but eleven is ok and twelve and up is definitely a yes. Hope this helped! Happy reading!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (12):

Matson's debut novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, was one of the best young adult books of 2010, so expectations were high for her sophomore release, and she doesn't disappoint. This is a beautifully written exploration of how one fateful summer changes so much in a 17-year-old girl's life. Matson manages to keep Taylor's emotions running high -- how could they not when she's about to lose a parent? -- while also sprinkling the sadness of anticipatory grief with moments of genuine humor and even romance.

Matson creates a protagonist who's achingly real. Taylor is occasionally insecure (a classic middle child, she has a genius older brother and a ballet prodigy younger sister) and slightly clueless about how to handle her initial spark of attraction to Henry. While the romance is intense (Henry is quite the swoon-worthy love interest), it's not all about stolen kisses in the rain. This is a story about the love between fathers and daughters, brothers and sisters, and lifelong friends. The plot will resonate deeply with any reader who has lost a parent. Kids, you should get to know -- really know -- your parents, the author is saying, because you carry them with you always, whether you know it or not.

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