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Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson 3.5Usually we take people for granted knowing that they're still there. And sometimes we find them a little nuisance that we can't wait to get rid of them. But how will it be when his days are counted, somehow making it hard to believe he was totally different then than now. In that case, we deal with this in trying to compensate the lost time and that somehow it will never be enough. When would be the time to appreciate the person, and when would be the right time to say 'I love you' til it's too late. Taylor has this tendency to run when the going gets tough. She tries to get away from things that are the most frightening in the world -- love and trust, as what her father had said. So when she knew about her father's condition and the decision that her whole family spend the summer at the old lake house, all she want was to get away. While I thought about her being a soft-core I also can't help that had things be in my part, where things looks inevitably made, I think of these things hard to be dealt with. Like Taylor, I am a huge daddy's girl. And like Taylor, there are also some things which I didn't know about him. Funny right how you get to live with that person for the most part of your life and still not know something trivial about him. So while spending their last summer together would have been a tough thought, it did not made it worse for her to expect the unexpected. Only, I thought, the upside of the situation was you get to recount the moments you did together. Surprisingly knowing what his likes are: from the favorite movies, songs, what had he been like when he was at her age right now. There are thing we tend to neglect that it ends with regrets. 'A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted -- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.'As I am typing this now I can't help but think about my relationship with my family. Especially with my Dad with him so far from us. Have I thought of them much as I usually did myself? These kinds of novels that would really struck me hard when family dynamics are being talked about. Second Chance Summer at first glance seem to be a typical summer novel. Of course, this novel did not lack the frequent fun of what summer presents: friends and boys. We get to see broken friendships and relationships but relinquished through time and reflection. Taylor's relationship with Lucy and Henry may also be one of the novel's highlight, but when it comes to her father it was the most prominent essence there is. And how her relationship with everybody in her family grows through the weeks she spent in her summer while likewise with them.'I woke up to the sunlight streaming through my window and the birds already chirping at each other. It was another beautiful day. But I knew just how quickly time could pass. And it struck me know that beautiful things are not unlimited things.'I realize that this author favors long distant relationship so much as with what she did to Amy and Roger in her first book. How she creates connections are well-paced and though as not agreeable but reasonable. It's safe to say that this is a sad novel and I may or may not have shed a tear or two but, you know, it's all hypothetical. xx