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review 2017-05-17 21:51
The Unexpected Everything (makes me sleepy)
The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson

I'm DNFing this at 200 pages because it's boring me so badly I want to go to sleep. There is nothing creative or compelling that's hooking me. I hate feeling forced to read something. Plus, Andie is just another typical teen with "tight lip" syndrome. She just refuses to speak about anything deep or meaningful and then is utterly baffled when relationships fizzle. All the characters are flat and bland. No depth. No dimension. It's like the author watched a bunch of CW and Freeform dramas and thought that's what teenagers are really like. Not for me.

 

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review 2017-05-06 11:32
#32 - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson

Contemporary books are not my favourite, I liked them from time to time but it is definitely not what I read the most.

Morgan Matson's books are always great, funny and emotional. This one was definitely more emotional. I don't often cry while reading, but the ending made me sobbing. I was cleaning the house while listening to the audiobook and I had to stop and sit down, it was too much, too emotional.

I also love all the flashbacks through which you can understand what happened; it was really easy to follow even on audiobook (which is definitely more difficult for me usually).

Taylor is a nice character, but even if she is the main character, I did not really connect with her. All the characters are great and I felt that even if the story is told through Taylor, the other characters were also well developed and I felt I knew them as much as I knew Taylor.

It is really a great book worth reading if you love contemporary and you are not afraid to cry.

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review 2017-05-05 15:47
Got to 50 Percent Mark and Asked Myself, Why I Am Reading This?
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

When you get to the 50 percent mark of a book and ask yourself why are you reading it that is not a good thing.

 

I just didn't care about Amy her dumb detour with Roger and just rolled my eyes since I assume they are going to be all in love by the end of their road trip.

 

It doesn't help that reading this via Kindle does not allow you to blow up some of the graphics/pictures that the author includes in this book either. I think the whole thing was just a bit gimmicky and then I started to nitpick how far they could drive realistically on tank of gas and how they seemed to avoid certain states and then just gave up any urge to keep reading this. 

 

"Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" is about one woman's totally messed up idea to force her daughter to drive across the country with some random dude she (the mom) and the daughter have not seen since he was 5, or maybe it was 6. Seriously, I just had a hard time believing the circumstances that popped up in this book. I think I was supposed to feel sympathetic towards Amy while reading this book, but I was too busy thinking how selfish and not realistic the mother was in this book and how much Amy was working my nerves. 

 

We have the book starting off with Amy watching two people sitting in a car. You don't know what is going on but you get enough details that Amy is not happy. Then the book jumps around a bit and then you jump back in time (get used to that a lot) Amy is home alone eating pizza on the one plate she keeps reusing. Cue sad violin. And then she gets a call from her mother telling her that due to expenses, she can't have the car flown out to Connecticut (where the mom and now Amy is going to have to get herself moved to) and so she plans on her daughter and a friend's son to drive the car across country since circumstances have Amy no longer driving. 

 

BTW I already guessed the circumstances and so would any reader within the first few pages. I honestly started hating the back and forth timeline that Matson does with this story. We get what happened (no spoilers) and if it was supposed to be some big revelation it didn't work. If anything, it just made me dislike Amy and her mother even more. I just got sick of reading a story about two people who just don't have any sense to talk to each other and get their issues out there. And there's random throwaway lines about Amy's twin brother Charlie that is in rehab in North Carolina. 

 

I ultimately didn't get a sense of any character in this book and I was tired of reading about Roger and his fixation on his ex-girlfriend that even though she broke up with him he decided he was still going to go and see cause hey, why not be a cross country stalker. 

 

Bah. 

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review 2017-05-03 00:00
Second Chance Summer
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson I wasn't ready! Morgan Matson & I can't be friends anymore (in my Blu Cantrell & R.L. voice)! This novel went places I didn't even think were possible for me. I am a fade into the background, don't draw too much attention to yourself kind of person because well it saves you some pain. However, it can sometimes be problematic with an analytical brain. Then the pro and con list will out weigh your actual life experiences so, well....there are none. Who knew that Taylor would be my twin for these moments.
While I didn't have anything that dramatic that young, I definitely lived this out.

Second Chance Summer had me snotty, ugly crying by the end. I needed all the tissues! It hit me so deep I wanted a drink. It may not be that personal for everyone else, but for me it was my life in major motion picture review. Definitely makes you think twice about the decisions you've made after so long of running from them. I volunteer for screenwriting so Hollywood doesn't screw up the loosely based story of my life! 😂
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review 2017-02-14 10:09
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson

*4.5 stars I love it. I really do..

 

I cried my eyes out especially towards the end of the book. I love the way Taylor changed from being irresponsible to more matured person.I can relate to that.

I admired how the Edward changed from taking thing for granted to really living the moment and accepting each others.

 

I'm a sucker for a contemporary novel like this. Hoho..

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