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The Comeback by Marlene Perez

The ComebackIt seems like Sophie Donnelly has everything. She’s one of the most popular girls at Kennedy High and has an equally popular not to mention super hot boyfriend, handfuls of cool friends, and a practically guaranteed lead in the school production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. But then Kennedy High acquires a new student Angie Vogel, and before Sophie can say “break a leg” and literally mean it, this blonde intruder swoops in and steals everything Sophie considers precious—first her golden role, then her golden boyfriend and the golden glow of being most popular. But this drama queen is not going down without a catfight, and it’s about time everyone learned, particularly that Angie girl, who the spotlight rightfully belongs to.

The Comeback didn’t hold much promise for me at first but ended up charming me anyway. Sophie is your typical overdramatic teen, a little more catty and selfish than she realizes and a little too outspoken and honest for her own good. There’s something undeniably endearing about her character despite her all-consuming and sometimes desperate desire to be the top of the social food chain. It’s probably because all of us have felt some degree of Sophie’s jealousy before. I was a little put off by how Angie was portrayed at first as a devil in blonde’s clothing until I realized that Sophie was letting jealousy cloud her mind, and that made the story and Sophie’s character more realistic. I really enjoyed Sophie’s dramatic (pardon the pun) character growth as well as the somewhat predictable but still sweet romance that’s integral to Sophie’s progress. Most of the lesser characters were developed only enough to play their short role, and a couple of them were just a bit unrealistic, but Sophie’s surprising believability more than made up for that. The Comeback is a quick and cute book that will leave readers grinning.

The Comeback is a good pick for a weekend or sunny day. This book will be enjoyed by teen girls who also liked Love on Cue by Catherine Hapka, Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, and My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from publisher Scholastic

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Thao said...

I love overdramatic characters, they're fun to read sometimes. Thanks for the review ^^

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