The Compulsive Reader: April Book of the Month: The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April Book of the Month: The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

Hey there! Well, April is here, the snow has finally melted (hallelujah!) and summer is on its way! What better time than now to highlight a great new read from newcomer to YA Jennifer E. Smith? The Comeback Season is a heartfelt novel that anyone will love!

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 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 tragedy 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.

Jennifer E. Smith has been kind enough to join us this month to get the word out about The Comeback Season. She’ll be here throughout April with interviews, tips, and more. Have a question about The Comeback Season that you’d like to ask? Comment below or email me with your question, and she’ll answer in next week’s interview!

And if that weren’t enough, you can also enter for a chance to win your own copy of The Comeback Season! Just email your name, address, and an email where I can reach you, to thecompulsivereader@gmail.com with THE COMEBACK SEASON in the subject heading, and I’ll throw your name in! All entries must be in by April 23, 2008 at midnight, Eastern Time. Winners will be picked notified on the 24th! Good luck!

If you haven’t already, be sure to go get your copy of The Comeback Season! Click here to buy one!


Annie said...

I cannot wait to read this one. Here is my question for Ms. Smith:

Is baseball a passion for you? If not, how did you decide to write about this sport?


Keri Mikulski said...

Love this book!

Anonymous said...

Heh, isn't this year the 100 year anniversary of the last time the Cubs went to the World Series? What a coincidence! (Or is it...?)

The Compulsive Reader said...

Yes it is! And if you read the book, you'll find that it's a big part of the plotline.