This is a Window Seat Blog review I love books like these with bittersweet plot lines and a reality that isn t sugarcoated However this is definitely not what I was expecting when I picked up this book Honestly that s why I could only give it four instead of five stars I was expecting a fun romantic read with yes a bit of lesson but nothing so extreme and frankly sad as all this I think had I been in the mood to read a book like this with these types of plot I would have absolutely loved this but because I went in expecting fun romance and get this insteadBasically I think the blurb could have been much better and clearer For people expecting a ton of romance it s there but not as much as one would expect from a teen book Mostly it focuses on her relationship with her father and family with moments of Nick peppered in There was even a point where they kissed and it felt so brief and unimportant I had to stop and actually think back on whether or not it was their first kiss because I couldn t remember That aside knowing now what the book really is and is about I thoroughly enjoyed it But it did take a good halfway through to get myself in the right mindset for it If you re looking for a fun super teen romance read this isn t it But it is a great book and it does a great ob of touching base on what it s like to lose someone and the lingering effects that can have Actual Rating 35 5 Actual rating 35 starsIt s not my favourite but was still a good read There was so many things baseball it was so technical and I couldn t get like half of the book It was like a different language of baseballs which threw me out FYI sports not my thing Despite all that it managed to make the butterflies in my stomach to flip and dance to some cute scenes that is obviously not going to happen in real life I like the family elements in it I love how they don t show too much affection towards each other It s like it suddenly Herbier et autres collections just happen Without being all over dramatic and without even saying Do you wanna be my girlfriend or Do you wanna go out a date with me Like I said it suddenlyusthappened And I love how Jennifer E Smith do it that way It s much realistic The words inside are so inspirational I always got my tabs on the ready bcs in Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters just one chapter there were already so many things I wanna tab and rememberProper review on my blog later hopefullyps This is my first book by Jennifer E Smith Tbh I don t really expect much from her But wow this was good Rating 45 StarsI won t lie I cried uite a bit as I read this book I am still crying right now because Ryan suffered uite a bit of loss for someone so young but she also gained a lot from those moments she had This book was pretty heartbreaking and I totally didn t expect it JES usually causes me to feel but this one had me sobbing Regardless I really enjoyed this book It was one of those beauty in the pain situations and it was a pleasure to get to watch her grow and heal BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER BLOGLOVIN FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS Well This is book two by Jennifer E Smith for me and I wasn t disappointed She has this way of writing thatust makes you feel sucks you into the story tumbles your insides around with her words makes. The last place Ryan Walsh should be this afternoon is on a train heading to Wrigley Field She should be in class enduring yet another miserable day of her first year of high school But for once Ryan isn't thinking about what she should be doing She's not worried about her lack of friends or her suffering math grade or how it's been five whole years since the last time she was really an.
Her better places Truth be told if I had read this when I was 12 I probably would have enjoyed sobbing my way through several re reads200831 PS I can t find any other sports gif She understands now what she in all her worry had forgotten That even as she hesitates and wavers even as she thinks too much and moves too cautiously she doesn t always have to get it right It s okay to look back even as you move forward Hi he says Hi she says back and then to her great surprise she begins to cry You know Nick says as he hands her a tissue from the bedside table for all this talk about how you don t cry you sure are sprouting a lot of water This could be a conversation between me and one of my friends What is is with me and my dripping eyes lately I always used to read reviews of books I loved but survived with all my lashes still encased in an immaculate layer of mascara and wonder what made my fellow readers tears spill when I didn t even feel the tell tale burning The Comeback Season is the third book this year already that had me sniffing almost non stop and my husband who tried to practice a really difficult piece on the guitar to cluck his tongue with slightly annoyed pityJennifer E Smith has this very distinct voice I ve admired it already in You Are Here It peels away your protective layers and rubs an already sore spot I wanted so badly to say to Ryan the fifteen years old heroine that things would get back on track eventually but I knew she wouldn t listen to me In contrast to her mom who remarried and her sister Emily who was only three in the year of the accident Ryan ist still not able to go forward with her life Her view is directed back She longs for a chance to turn back the dial to the pre loss era of her family and resents her mom for changing dad induced family traditions and trying to be happy with tea drinking insurance guy and golfer Kevin Somehow Ryan broke apart from her two best friends who shielded and comforted her during her dark times but made up their minds to work hard at scoring in crowd spots at High School lately When newcomer Nick a fan of the underdog baseball team the Cubs too actively seeks out Ryan s company inspite of his own popularity Ryan holds back already too used to be alone to munch over this season s possibilities for the Cubs and her dad s would be predictions and bargains Dad had the habit to promise outrageous things like becoming a part time vegetarian or walking to work to fate should the Cubs win a game As Ryan dares to give in to Nick s perstistent attempts at friendship and romance but detects a terrible secret she spontaneously offers her own Cubs related bargain to the baseball gods inspite of Nick insisting he does not believe in luck and dad s voice saying that losing points is the fun of a game because You never know when there might be a comeback view spoilerJennifer E Smith does the in my eyes inforgivable in this book Until the last page we do not know if Ryan s desperate hope will be rewarded We do not even know if Nick is still alive half a year later As a consolation price we are offered a new addition to the family in form of a baby and a kind of experimentally forward looking Ryan hide spoiler. Ield but it's on this day that she meets Nick the new kid from her school who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past or believe in the promise of those reassuring words Wait till next year Is it too much for Ryan to hope that this year this season might be her comeback seaso.
You laugh and cry and sight contentedly when you re finished readingThe Comeback Season The Happiest Baby on the Block just about ripped my heart out I don t think I ve been so moved by a book in a long while You know that feeling of incredible loss Heartbreak That gut churning throat tightening sensation I experienced that several times throughout this book I teared up I wanted to hug Ryan and tell her that I was there for her And when the time finally comes to say good bye she ll swallow hard against the ti First I have to thank my lovely friend Jess for telling me about this book Once I looked it up and saw it was about the Cubs I knew I had to have itSecond this book made me really want to get in the car andust drive to Chicago again I went there in high school and saw a few cubs games at Wrigley and it was awesome I loved reading about everything Ryan and Nick loved about the Cubs and Wrigley I loved that Ryan keeps score because I ve never met another person who likes to do that My dad taught me how to do it tooThird I almost wish this book was written later since the Cubs ust won the World Series that still sound so weird btw but the book is all about hope and there s no one hopeful during baseball season than a cubs fanview spoilerNick s illness took me completely by surprise I suspected it the same time Ryan did but I didn t know that this was the direction the book was going to take when I started it hide spoiler Too much with the baseball I found myself skimming those parts but wishing for about her relationships with her family boyfriend and friends This was a little disappointing I had been eager to pick it up after reading a blurb somewhere about this YA novel about Cubs fans For some reason on which even I am not entirely clear I know a lot of Cubs fans so I thought this would be a fun read and then I could pass it along to someone else who would appreciate it Now I m not sure it s worth sharing it s too maudlinThe basic set up is that high school freshman Ryan s love of the Cubs was instilled by her dad who died when she was 10 Throughout the book we get glimpses of her happy memories of growing up with her dad and the Cubs She meets a cute boy who also likes the Cubs And after this the book gets SADDER Even sad things happen to poor Ryan It s miserable It s like reading Love Story when you re 14 you re crying so hard you re choking on your own snot but in the back of your mind you feel dirty because you know it s cloying and ridiculous Maybe love is not winning a World Series in 100 yearsAlso it s written in the present tense which I tend to find abrasive in anything novel lengthThere were a few ideas put forward in the sports related portions that read nicely and felt true In particular I liked the characters pondering of the differences between believing hoping and caring if your team is going to win in the future There was than one mention of how it s not as fun to like a team that wins a lot and I cannot imagine that is true Yankees fan have too much fun in my opinion It would be seemly if they had less funGrade CRecommended Oy Even though some of the baseball parts are pretty decent anyone who is even remotely a sports fan has encountered those concepts in ot. D truly happy Because she's finally returning to the place that her father loved where the two of them spent so many afternoons cheering on their team And on this the fifth anniversary of his death it feels like there's nowhere else in the world she should beRyan is once again filled with hope as she makes her way to the game Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley
Jennifer E Smith is the author of eight books for young adults including WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and her writing has been translated into 33 languages