Baseball brings them together—but will his secret keep them apart? Find out in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
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 and 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 be.
Ryan 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 Field, 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 season?
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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 instead...Basically, 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 job of touching base on what it's like to lose someone and the lingering effects that can have.