The Compulsive Reader: The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

Five years ago, Ryan's father died, and since then she's felt as if she's been living life in a fog, never truly awake. All of that changes on opening day of the Chicago Cubs' season, when she finds herself skipping school and on a train headed to watch the game. Here is where she feels her father the most, eagerly cheering on the worst team in the league, and making that timeless bargain of "If the Cubs win, then..." Here is where she also meets Nick, new to her school. Nick shares her passion for baseball and the Cubs, and soon the two are fast friends, and maybe even more. But do they have the courage to look beyond what may happen and live their lives the way they want?

Smith takes a deep look at death at how the human spirit deals with the trajedy in this novel. Ryan is an admirable character and the reader will find themselves empathizing, crying, and rejoicing with her as this beautiful story unfolds. Though some readers might find the thorough history of the Chicago Cubs team history dull, it is cleverly interspersed throughout the book so as not to slow down the story. The Comeback Season is a heartwarming mix of love and acceptance, life and death, and humor and sadness that you will not soon forget. Jennifer E. Smith is definitely an author to watch.

This book will be available through Simon and Schuster on March 4, 2008!

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

This sounds good! Yet another one on my long "to-be-read" list.