"A winning blend of touching moments, memorable characters and situational humor takes readers to a surprising revelation at the story’s end."
The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
"Matson’s characters feel like familiar, comforting friends.... It’s a sweet, leisurely read with a title that, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, begs to be shouted out loud."
— Publishers Weekly
"This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with a terrific romantic subplot and an ending that ties up the loose ends believably and satisfyingly."
— School Library Journal
Winner of the California Book Award
Junior Library Guild Selection
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 2012
An AtlanticWire Best MG/YA Book of the Year 2012
A San Francisco Book Review Best Book of 2012
"A wonderfully readable story."
— School Library Journal Starred Review
Second Chance Summer
Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out-except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.
Taylor hasn't been to the summerhouse since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who's all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she'd rather leave in the past-but she can't run away this time.
As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance-with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose.
"Matson writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true...Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Matson has blended romance, humor, teen angst, boring summer jobs, and a truly tragic event into a wonderfully readable story."
— School Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is a bittersweet, powerful tale of family devotion, the sustainability of true friendship, and the silent courage of loving someone enough to stay and watch them die."
— Booklist, Starred Review
— Boston Globe
"Matson authentically captures the overwhelming nature of grief and attempting to make the best of one final season as a complete family...there's humor and romance and so much heart."
- The AtlanticWire
"[Second Chance Summer] is a sweet, well written coming-of-age book that pulls at the reader’s heartstrings…This is a compelling story that reads fast and grips readers until the very end."
“The exploration of the father-daughter relationship is warm, sensitive, and heartbreaking, with Taylor realizing how much she counts on the man she’s going to lose. Between the dreamy romance and the four-hankie family story, this is a satisfyingly emotional summer tale.”
--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
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Sunday, May 4th
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