Actual rating 2.45 stars. I've been dying to get into a cute contemporary of late, it feel like it has been ages since I picked up a title to make me smile and tug on my heart strings, and so 'The Comeback Season' jumped out at me from the shelf. But comparatively, this books was sweet but dull. If you are not a baseball fan, or a sports fan for that matter, 'The Comeback Season' may feel a bit slow, the narrative is bogged down with statistics and aspects of the game. For me, that's what happened, and found myself skimming forward frequently. I had read a number of reviews that have stated the same opinion, but I just had to find out for myself given how much I enjoyed other titles by Jennifer E. Smith. Although our protagonist, Ryan, and her love interest Nick are relatable, there was nothing outside of the baseball connection that had me particularly relating with them. But I must admit, they make a really cute couple and I definitely ship them Overcoming their personal obstacles in an unassuming manner to discover the truth under their noses was endearing. This book talks a lot about loss, and what happens after. And despite the fact that I too have lost a parent not too long ago, the book failed to draw the raw emotion to the surface. And that bothered me. I did however, shed a tear from a scene from Ryan's childhood and the loss of her dog. That was heartbreaking and beautifully written. I loved the note this book finished on - in true contemporary style, and is worth the read just to get to that destination. We touch on some girl politics and friendships in high school, and it was a great relief to see them have great depth and evolve throughout the novel, avoiding the trap of a two-dimensional character... well done Smith! For an unassuming book it has a lot to say. I truly wish I had connected with the book more, but by the end the narrative felt clunky and some of the symbolism, a little cliché. So, this juxtaposed with the beauty of Jennifer E Smith's prose left me with an unsatisfied feeling from what I have gotten out of her other titles. I think if there wasn't so much baseball in the content I would have enjoyed 'The Comeback Season' a lot more, despite its authenticity, and rated it much higher. A quaint contemporary, but not my favourite by Jennifer E. Smith.