|Year of Publication||2010|
|Publisher||Orca Book Publishers|
Set in Halifax, Comeback is a short realistic novel intended for teens who are reluctant readers. Ria, the first person narrator, is popular and pretty, with a loving boyfriend, Colin. Ria’s father, Steven Patterson, is an extremely successful and charismatic financial investor. Suddenly, however, Ria’s mother initiates divorce. Steven goes down in a plane crash, presumed dead. When scandalous rumors begin to circulate about Ria’s father, she finds she can no longer rely on Colin. Ria decides to take her life into her own hands, and run away with her little brother, Elliot, to find a better future for them both. Comeback addresses themes of loyalty, betrayal, trust, and independence.
“So I’d like to make a suggestion…” Colin leans over into the backseat and pulls out two champagne flutes and a bottle of Lime Rickey. That makes me really laugh. Only Colin would remember that Dad loved Lime Rickey.
He fills up our glasses. The streetlamp makes the green of the pop look radioactive.
“From now on, when you think of your dad, I want you to remember all the people he made happy, all the people he made laugh, and all the people, of course, he made rich. I’ll certainly be thinking of him next year when I head off to university with my tuition paid.”
We clink glasses.
Colin says, “To Steven John Patterson. I just hope that some day I’ll be half the man he was!”
I think he already is.