April’s Book Review • 2019

The book I have chosen for April is:

Second Chance, by Jane Green

Publishing House: A Plume Book

Edition: June 2008

ISBN: 978-0-452-28944-4

I bought this book in a second-hand bookshop for only $ 2.00, while visiting my family in Connecticut, a year ago. I was very excited when I saw it, all rusty and yellowish, ready to be read again, ready to have a new home. I love rusty and yellowed books; love the smell of old paper. I also like to imagine what it’s previous life was like. If the person who bought it treated it well, if it was read; whether the person liked the book or not; etc, etc.

But let’s go back to the book. I bought Second Chance, because of the author, Jane Green. I have read so many reviews about her and her books, and even have a few of her books on my list of books to buy/read, but I always chose another one. I’m very glad that I can finally read one of Jane Green’s books.

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Description of Second Chance (from the back cover):

“The story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends in school, they reunite when one of them dies in a terrible tragedy. Recapturing the intimacy of their younger days, they are each surprised at the impact their encounter brings.

“Warm, witty, an wise as ever, Second Chance will strike a chord with anyone who is still trying to figure life out.”

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Personal Review:

I am more than happy to have read Second Chance now and not before.

Second Chance is a book for adults, light and easy to read. It’s about the old friendship of five people and how the death of one of them makes them reconnect that beautiful friendship, after 20 years without seeing each other. Everyone dealing with situations in life, one with sobriety; others with pregnancy problems; problems with marriage and personal insecurity.

At first I wanted to finish the book because it did not intrigued me, but as I continued reading, I could relate to one of the characters.

It is ironic how the human being gets interest in a book. Most of the time is because they feel related to the characters, and the other part of the time is because they want to have a life similar to that their reading.

Second Chance, despite of the beginning, has a good message for all people who are going through their 25th to 30th years of life. It could probably help you, at least I understood the reason of my situation. So, based on everything I can recommend the book to all those adults who are going through a difficult situation in their lives.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Part of the book that capture me:

page 372,

For the first time in years, Anna is accepting her life as it is. She read somewhere recently that the key to happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you get… She was able to think of all the things she has, all the good in her life and all the people around her whom she loves; and all of a sudden, she knew that she was whole and complete, and that it is enough.

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If you would like to read the book just click on link here: Amazon, or go to any Indi-Bookstore near you.

Happy Reading!,

– Rashma


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