My Second Chance
by Judy Corry
Publication Date October 12, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
They broke the rules. He broke her heart. Does their love deserve a second chance?
Sixteen-year-old Juliette Cardini has been keeping a secret for months. Before she went to her semester abroad in Paris, she dated her best friend's older brother, Easton Stevens. What had started as a whirlwind romance filled with forbidden meetings, came to a crashing halt when they crossed a line together that neither of them could return from.
Now she's back in Ridgewater and has to face everyone she left behind. But there's one more secret she is afraid for anyone to discover. She's pregnant. And Easton is the father.
But she has a plan: go to her grandma's house in Buffalo for the next few months. Keep the baby a secret. No one will ever have to know. But when Juliette sees signs that Easton might want a second chance, she wonders if keeping everything to herself is the best choice.
Can a relationship built on such a rocky foundation have a chance at a happy ending? And what will Easton do if Juliette's secret comes out?
MY SECOND CHANCE is a standalone novel in The Ridgewater High series, a collection of simmering YA contemporary romances. If you like sweet romance with ballad-worthy chemistry, swoony kisses and endearing characters then you'll love Judy Corry's latest book.
**This is a clean romance with a positive message.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I have so many different thoughts dancing through my mind right now! I feel like I just sat down with a seventeen-year-old girl who shared with me her thoughts, worries, and struggles about being pregnant and in high school. There were so many little details that I had never considered before.
Juliette was in such a difficult position. She had a way of masking the identity of her baby’s father, having just returned from a semester abroad. Because of the way things had ended between Easton and herself, she felt it best to allow the misconception about who the father was to remain a secret. Was she right for this? You’d have to make that call yourself.
My heart went out to her for the way her mother seemed to care more about the impact this news would have on her own career than the things Juliette would have to endure as an unwed, pregnant teenager. And the fact that she felt like she couldn’t tell what was going on to her best friend was painful!
Situations like the one in the story are never as black and white as they seem to be at first glance. There are no easy answers. The author threw so many twists into the story making what seemed to be an easy choice difficult. I think she had the characters behave in ways that made sense and think that the way the story ended was the right ending as well. It just might not be the one you expect.
I’m not positive about this, but there may have been a clue about who the next Ridgewater High story will be about. I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m right. Don’t be afraid to jump into the series without having read any of the other books. While it would enhance your understanding of this one, it stands alone quite well. You just won’t know some of the references that are made to past events.
This is a clean romance. I’m saying that without stretching the truth. The details of how Juliette got pregnant were limited to simply her motivation and where they were when it happened. So don’t worry about there being more there than you were expecting. There was a kiss that took up at least a page (on my Kindle) and it was a little steamy, but was tastefully described and was necessary for the story.