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, an
d 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.
“And I’ve realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn’t all we need—love is all there is.”
This was my fourth Morgan Matson book, and at this point, you can officially consider me addicted to her. The only one I still have to read at this point is Save The Date, and I’ll read that one as soon as my hold on it is ready at the library. Morgan Matson is the undisputed queen of the summer contemporary/romance, and she’s making me question hardcore why my summer was so lame by comparison.
The first thing I’m going to say about this book is that it reminded me of The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Like, a lot. Same idea of going on summer vacation to beachy place, childhood guy friends, sad thing weighing on their minds. I’m pretty sure that if you liked this book, than you’re automatically going to like this one too. Of course, I didn’t like that book and pretty much despised it. And, consequently (may or may not be related who knows), this is my least favorite Matson. BUT despite it being my least favorite Matson, it’s still good, and that should say a lot about how good she is RIGHT??
Anyways. When Taylor was younger, she always went to this lake side summer home for the summers. She hasn’t gone in a while, but when their family get tragic news, they decide to spend the summer there again, and Taylor has to meet old friends and reconcile her life.
It’s the perfect premise for a perfect, fun, summery read. And it definitely made me smile a lot. I highly recommend reading this in the summer, like I did!
Also, there’s a layer of tragedy and sadness underneath it that had me tearing up at the end. (And this is a serious reaction from me since I almost NEVER cry when reading books). It was so sad and beautiful and heartfelt and I just loved it and if you don’t like the ending you’re not human okay bye.
On the other hand, Taylor was not the best protagonist. I kind of didn’t like her, more at some times than others. She could come across as smug and condescending, particularly in regards to her older brother (and I’m just gonna say that I lowkey related to the random older brother more than the actual main character at times), and she also seemed pretty childish at other times.
These other times included some feud with her friends/falling out that she had many years ago right when she stopped coming back to the house to spend the summers. Tbh, even after it was explained, I really just didn’t get the feud and why they were all so annoyed with each other. Like, I got into this pretty serious fight with my friends when I was 13, and stopped talking to them and am no longer friends, which I think was the same age as Taylor And Co, and at this point I literally couldn’t care less. I mean, I’m not friends with them anymore because we just moved on, but if I’m in classes with them or see them, I’ll chat with them and be friendly whatever. It’s middle school. I think I’m just at my wits end with books with protagonists older than middle school who actually pretend middle school matters and is something beyond silly useless drama. Let’s be real: middle schoolers are the worst. They think they’re old and cool now but in reality everyone in high school thinks they’re tiny kids.
So anyways, it’s this whole immaturity and middle school drama that significantly hindered my enjoyment of this book. BUT STILL not enough to make me dislike it (and let me just say that they seem very mature compared to Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty and apparently I won’t miss a chance to rag on that book). The friendships were very endearing, and the romance (after all the drama) was totally swoonworthy!! Especially this scene on the Fourth of July is amazing and wow I want thanks in advance to all my future boyfriends.