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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141021737
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A corker of a story, sharply and elegantly told (Heat)

Fizzing with fast-and-furious dialogue, this is vintage Green (Eve)

About the Author

Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of fourteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe,Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.


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I have been a fan of Jane Green for many years and have read all her books. I would never describe Green as producing a literary classic, but on the whole, her books are well written and normally turn into 'page turners'. So what went wrong with Second Chance? Firstly, I found myself disliking Holly the main character immensely. A self obsessed , big house owning mother whose au pair looks after the two kids whilst she illustrates the odd greeting card for a living is not someone I can readily identify with. Secondly, it felt like Green had to evolve Marcus, Holly's husband, into a monster in order to justify her flirtation and subsequent cheating. After all, in the beginning of the book he is portrayed as a bit work obsessed, and possibly a little brand/label conscious. However, by the end of the book, he becomes this angry, rude, arrogant, cheat yet with no character formulation. Maybe Green felt that this may allow Holly to become slightly likable?

I was also confused as to Holly's reaction to her friends Tom's death, given they had had no contact for months and months. Also, the idea that Tom's (the deceased) Mother want's to have lunch with Holly whilst she drones on about how miserable her marriage is, seems laughable! Oh and obviously, Holly is this 'perceptive, creative, free-spirited' Mother Theresa type that everyone adores!

Really not my cup of tea, no page turning moments, no humor and by the way a bizarre use of the word 'Stoic'. Must have been used in almost every paragraph at the funeral!
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I have not read any other Jane Green books and after this one I am unlikely to. The characters bored me, they were wooden and cliched and the central character of Holly was spoilt and tiresome. The dead hero, Tom, was too good to be true and if he was so good why did nobody bother to keep in regular touch with him when he was alive? As for Holly rekindling her relationship with Tom's mother, just too unbelievable. If they were really like mother and daughter then why did they never keep in touch for 20 years. The story dragged on and I only finished it in the hope of it getting better - it didn't. Given it 2 stars because some might like this sort of unreal boring chick lit.
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One of the very most wonderful books in the world is Straight Talking - by Green. Green, Freya North and Marian Keyes were staple reading in my late teens and twenties: 3 authors I was always genuinely excited about when opening the first page of their latest book. Everyone knows that lovely feeling. Where you know a group of strangers will, in the space of 300 pages, become people you adore, and take you on a journey that will make your world more colourful.

The latter 2 authors are still writing gems; Green, though, appears to have lost the desire to write anything beautiful, and it's genuinely disappointing.

This is so desperately formulaic. The dialogue is clunky; the characters are cardboard (the main character's husband, Marcus, especially, is almost a caricature) and the initially promising premise quickly devolves into something mundane.

The editing is very peculiar. One minute, people are breaking apart from grief over having lost someone they love, but within 30 seconds, they're grinning at each other shyly. Huh? That really does happen in here. It's like it was written non-sequentially. Or perhaps she put it down for months, having forgotten what she'd just written. Either way, the continuity is bizarre.

Equally, it lacks the humour and quirkiness of her previous efforts. There isn't a single laugh out loud moment in Second Chance; there's a few quick chuckles, but nothing that raises it above any other book you'll forget within 5 minutes of finishing.

It's just not a very good book. It's sort of smug, and a little lazy and doesn't feel like British chick lit by a British author. It feels like an American trying to emulate it, and getting it completely wrong.
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I discovered Jane Green not very long ago and have since then read nearly all her books, just a couple still left and one pre-ordered. And I have LOVED them all, become seriously addicted - until "Second Chance".

What happened here?? Or rather, what did NOT happen here. A group of friends have not seen each other in twenty years but after one of them dies in tragic circumstances they are re-united. I can accept that their friendship seems not to have changed at all. But apart from that, what is this book about?? What is the story, any meaningful twists and turns, fun dialogues .... ?

Holly, mother of two and married to busy (!) lawyer Marcus (with whom she has never been in love and who drives her slightly crazy, thank you very much) hates her life. Well, she loves her two adorable children but could not care less about her big house, her designer clothes and all together safe and comfortable life. She misses fun and feeling sexy, but most of all (she says) she misses friendship with a man!! And since, despite having not seen each other in such a long time, Tom seems to have filled that role in Holly's life, what is more naturally than Holly falling in love with Tom's younger brother Will, who looks just like him. Will is a sexy free spirit and single and tells Holly he had a huge crush on here when they were young. Imagine!!!

There is a lot of rambling about finding out (Holly) "who am I?" and utterly boring emails between Holly and Will, leading to Holly's unfaithfullness. It goes on and on and Marcus, the big bad wolf, becomes more and more distant and unlikeable. A proper house tyrant causing his family to walk on eggshells when he is home. Puh!!
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