Monday, June 22, 2015

Mini Reviews | Second Chance Summer, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

Goodreads Summary

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.

This is my first Morgan Matson book and it was a great reading experience, her writing was so unique and easy to read. I liked the sadness and realness of the book, it portrayed the devastating issue that Taylor and her family had to deal with perfectly. I didn't like how Taylor kept escaping every time she felt like the world is closing up on her or when she is face to face with something she wasn't ready to deal with.

I disliked the first half of the book and I found it hard to get through. I couldn't possibly understand why two of her best friends would hate her so much and the reason behind it is utterly stupid. I didn't like that part of the story, but I loved Taylor's relationship with her dad. Her dad is one of the most lovable characters in this whole book. The second half was definitely redeeming. I liked it A LOT and I cried A LOT as well. It was so emotional and beautiful in every way possible.

The romance was adorable and I found it to be so cute and not overdone, it wasn't an instalove as well which I appreciated. All in all, I would recommend this book to people who aren't sensitive concerning a certain topic - (maybe a tiny spoiler, but if you know what this book is about, it's fine) cancer so if you're sensitive to it, I wouldn't recommend this one to you. It's definitely a tear jerker.

Goodreads Summary 

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

I DNFd this book. I don't like to talk badly of books, but this was SOO funny nonetheless. 

If you think I should give this book a second try, tell me in the comments down below. 
Have a great day!♥


  1. I felt like Me And Earl was completely horrible at times, too! BUT IT WAS SO FUNNY. I really couldn't put it down, although the humour was a bit crude at times, but yeeeeah. OMG I WANT TO READ SECOND CHACNE SUMMER!! I loved Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, so clearly I need more of her books in my life. *nods*
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. YOU DID?? I reached like halfway through and put it down, I couldn't get through it at all. I think Jesse Andrews was telling and not showing, the story fell flat and went no where for me, I didn't like Greg.. I don't know. IT WAS FUNNY though! Should I give it another chance?

      You shouuuulld!!! We should switch, hahaha I should REALLY read Since You've Been Gone since it has been on my TBR for two years now? Something like that hahaha

      Thanks for returning the visit!♥

  2. Second Chance Summer was SO GOOD! It made me cry - A LOT!
    Me, Earl and the Dying Girl was alright for me - I want to see the film, if only for Nick Offerman and Connie Britton.

    1. Me toooo!! I cried pools hahaha, it hit me right in the feels..
      I do too, I don't think I'll pick up the book again.. even if I was blown away by the movie. Should I?? :)

  3. I've been putting off reading Me, Earl and the Dying Girl because of the mixed reviews. Not sure if I will read it or not.

    1. Yeah! I really wanted to like that book, I loved the humor, but it wasn't enough. It's some people's favorite book of all time! Maybe you should give it a try, especially that it's a relatively short book and the movie is coming out soon :)

  4. Hahaha Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a strange book for me - I loved it in the end, just because of how funny it was, but it was really hard to see the point of it.
    I haven't read any Morgan Matson yet, but maybe soon!

    1. EXACTLY SABRINA! Thank you! I saw no point in even finishing it.. The story wasn't interesting enough to grab my attention. The narration is boring and I didn't feel it AT ALL.

      You should!! This was my first book by it and I don't regret it by one bit. She was one of my top authors I need to read, it feels good to check that off of the list. :)


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