Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published July 2015 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
RRP AUD $17.99
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
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.
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
Published April 11, 2017 by Penguin Random House
RRP AUD $29.99 (Dymocks)
Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.
1777. Albany, New York.
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
I was tagged by Reg @ She Latitude back in May last year, but I completely forgot about it! And now that I saw it sitting in my drafts, it’s rolled back around to Autumn in Australia, so I feel like this is a good enough time to do it, haha.
SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL! I’m so excited for Christmas! Ahhh.
Ahh November, the cooldown period between holidays for most and the month of Thanksgiving for all you Americans! Bring on the books!
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Published August 24, 2016 by Faber
RRP AUD $16.99