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.
The feels train has pulled into the station!!! I CANNOT EVEN! Way too many feels with this book. How many times do you think I can say feels in this review?
This is my third Morgan Matson book and it did not disappoint! This is most definitely the saddest book I have read in 2016.
First of all, I loved the characters. I felt like some of the secondary characters such as were a little underdeveloped but I really liked the main character Taylor. I found that I could really relate to her, especially as someone who is not a very outwardly emotional person. I also feel like the depiction of what Taylor was going through in this book was also done really well and it seemed very realistic to me (minus the romance part).
The only thing I found with this book was there were quite a few sections where nothing was really happening and I found to be a little boring. Mainly the parts where it was just Taylor by herself. I loved finding references that were used in The Unexpected Everything as well!
I liked that this book was very real. I don't think the whole romance aspect was very realistic in that situation but I understand it gave the story some more depth. But the writing and the way the story unfolded just made everything all the more heartbreaking. I'm pretty sure I cried for a straight 50 pages.
I don't really have anything else to say about this book, without giving away what happens so I will leave it at that. But if you are thinking of reading this, and putting it off because it is sad don't! It is sad but it will also change your life. Maybe. Probably. I don't know. It's just a really good book and you should read it!
SPOILERS but at the end I was a little disappointed that it didn't flash forward to her wedding to Henry or to when she opened one of the other letters from her Dad. But I still think it ended nicely and it didn't sugar coat anything.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Dymocks, Brisbane
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