My head hurts. And not the “I haven’t eaten or had caffeine” kind of way. The “omg my sinuses are exploding out my head and the pressure is too great and I can’t move” kind of way. So this is going to be brief but don’t let that fool you. This is one of my top three recommendations when patrons ask for “a good book”. For reals. I am constantly handing this book to patrons because it is that.good.
So without further delays, on the fourth day of Bookmas, I read:
Second Chance by Jane Green
***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***
I love a good story within a story. Obviously, I’m on book six of twelve of the Pink Carnation series and each book is two stories in one. But once upon a time, many moons before I discovered the Pink Carnation, I discovered Jane Green. I was at the beach on vacation with my family and when I’d been picking out my vacay reading, I’d picked the appropriately titled Beach House by Green. And it was so good. It’s been one of those books that really stuck with me and introduced me to an author I didn’t know. Since then I’ve read a good bit of her backlist and all of her new books. But my most favorite has been and still is Second Chance.
Second Chance is the story of a group of friends who reunite after tragedy. When one of their number is killed in a terrible and tragic way, these friends who haven’t seen nor heard from one another in many years come together to remember and grieve together. And they rediscover what it is about them as a group, as a whole, that makes them so much better and stronger. Each friend is given their own storyline with their own problems to solve but the whole thing is woven together beautifully. One thing about Green’s books are the endings. They’re happy but not in a traditional chicklit way. They end much the way they would if these were real people. I’ve been content, however, with all of the endings.
This story really illustrates the power of friendship and how transformative having a really great support system can be on a person’s life. It really made me value the friends that I have in my life, especially the ones I’ve had for so many years. Some of my friends, I’ve known for 20+ years. Which sounds strange since I’m only 26. But it’s true, I still have some of my friends from childhood and we still get together and are silly and laugh until we ache and tears are rolling down our faces.
If I had to really emphasize something from this book it would be to not take for granted the people who build you up. In today’s world I think it’s so rare to have people who really, fundamentally care about each other. Tell them you love them and spend time with them because they could be gone without warning.