Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Second Chance (#2)

Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published September 7th 2012 by Katie Kacvinsky
ASIN: B0097UX04M
edition language: English 

Can two drastically different, imperfect people be perfect for each other?

It’s been four months since Gray and Dylan have seen each other. Dylan’s been traveling in Europe, while Gray has college, baseball, and a life rooted in one place. Gray’s determined to forget Dylan, the girl he fell in love with in First Comes Love. Besides, how do you make a relationship work with an independent loner?

Just when he decides he’s over her, Dylan makes an unexpected entrance back into his life, hoping their steamy romance can start right where it left off. Gray realizes you can tell your mind to do one thing, but you can’t always convince your heart to follow. Dylan realizes she finally has to make a choice between freedom and her relationship with Gray.

Hilarious, intense, inspiring, and emotional, Second Chance shows that love is a journey, and there are never clear road signs or maps to guide you along. You can only navigate with your heart.
 There's something special about the way Kacvinsky writes. It's as is she's been through the elements. She knows what it's like to be trapped, to be free, to be happy, to be sad, to be in love and to be loved. She lets her emotions shine through her writing. There's no lies or sugar coated fantasies in her writing, just the straight truth.

"You're my nova. You light me up."
Kacvinsky made me want to buy a camera and travel the world taking pictures of seemingly ordinary things only to discover the unique laugh lines and the way the sun hits a salamander a certain way. I want to go to Hong Kong and Brazil. I want to make people smile as we discuss why croissants are called croissants and not crispy, flaky buttery goodness or melt in your mouth bread item. 

I want to document everyone of my thoughts just so I can replay them and listen. Most of all, I want to live in the moment and not plan a single thing. How crazy is that? To not know whats going to happen next? To do something because YOU love it, not because it's been planned for you?
This book, well, these two books, First Comes Love and Second Chance, makes me want to find who I am. 
 "All around the room I'm reminded of love, so why do I feel like its being yanked out from under my feet?"

This is not just a book to me. It helped me realize that every single thing has beauty, people are just lost souls looking for their sun. Some people need a constant sun, some need a moon.
Okay, enough about me. Let's talk literature. 

The characters in this book are so pronounced. It amazing. Dylan is by far the best character I have ever read. Ever. She's a traveler looking for herself in every person she meets, and she finds bits and pieces of herself in everyone. She's a puzzle with her pieces scattered all around the world. Dylan can't stay in one place for long and she changes everyone she meets: helps them find love, in people, places, ideas...themselves. She is by no means perfect but she just makes people Better. How amazing is that? She sets goals without restraints. Make someone happy, do something nice, get a new perspective (even a squirrels), do something random, give something a story. It's.....well....amazing. There is no one else like her. 

"Don't they know its in my anatomy to fly?"
And Gray. He is just so broken. He's still learning who he is when Dylan has herself all figured out. He was a caged bird and Dylan set him free. His twin sister died and only in Dylan did he ever really figure out what he had been missing. His guitar, baseball, people, himself and love.
In each other they found a mad, passionate love that is one for the history books. It was epic filled with jumping on train cars and giving churches a history and going to abandoned towns and hikes and picture taking. It was adventurous and scary and so, so real. 

Kacvinsky is an amazing writer. Every single emotion portrayed in these pages was so real: the heartbreak, the love, the pain, the acceptance. She wrote this book in a way that's more about finding yourself in pieces of the world. Everything has a story, whether you write it or there is one written down.
Bacon even has a song, for crying out loud.
 "I learned that the heart, our most vital organ, turns out to be our weakest link. It's scary to think something so necessary to sustain us, protected in a cradle of ribs and flesh and muscles, is so fragile, so easily broken."
I finally understand why people use highlighters on books. I never ever do that, but if I had a paper back copy of this, I totally would.

So please, please do yourself a favor and get your hands on these books as fast as you can. You'll never regret it. So sorry, Mr. Green, Katie has replaced you as my favorite author. Don't worry you're a close second!
 "When you stop being yourself who do you become?" 

Other Quotes:
 "The faintest trail of memories will always be there like a map scarred into your mind."
" I hope you find your constant sun" 
 "Reserved for Dreamers" 
The Cab- Endlessly
Hedley- Kiss You Inside Out
Relient K- Be My Escape 
A Day to Remember- If it Means A Lot To You
Snow Patrol- Set Fire to the Third Bar
All American Rejects-  I Wanna
Sleeping with Sirens- Who Are You Now



  1. Great review Jackie! I have not heard of either of these books, but you can bet I'm going to go and find them now! :D

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    1. Thanks!! Yay(: I'm so glad I convinced someone to check this series out! I absoutly LOVE this book(:
      Thanks for stopping by