The Comeback Season – Jennifer E. Smith
Posted March 24, 2008on:
When Ryan Walsh skips school on the day of the opening Cubs game, she’s not worried about her lack of friends, her horrible math grade, or that it’s been five years since she was last happy. All she can think about is that she’s finally returning to the place where she and her father spent so many afternoons cheering for their favorite team and that it’s the fifth anniversay of his death.
Good luck is hard to come by at Wrigley Field but it’s on there that she first meets Nick, whom she’s seen around school but never really had the chance to talk to. It seems that Nick loves the Cubs almost as much as she does and they instantly connect, though Ryan has a hard time believing it. But everything isn’t perfect for them. When Nick disappears for the summer, Ryan finds out that he’s been keeping a secret and she begins to wonder if they can ever really be together.
The Comeback Season is a gripping, raw, and heartbreaking novel about first love, baseball, and friendship. Ryan is a character that I believe most girls can relate to and Nick is the boy all girls want to meet. Even though I know absolutely nothing about baseball and don’t really care about, I found The Comeback Season hard to put down once I began reading it. Though there’s a bunch of baseball references in it, The Comeback Season is more of a story about first love, loss, and friendship and I would recommend it to anyone, whether they’re a baseball fan or not. Just as the blurb on the back says, The Comeback Season will make you cry, laugh, and cry again.