Book Review: The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

Book Review: The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew DicksThe Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks
Published by St. Martin’s Press on September 8th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction
Pages: 240

A heartwarming story told with Matthew Dicks’ signature wit, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs is a deceptively simple novel about the ways in which our childhood experiences reverberate through our lives, and the bravery of one woman trying to change her life and finds true understanding of her daughter, and herself, along the way.

In this book, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, the author, Matthew Dicks introduces us to the main character, Caroline Jacobs. Caroline is a wimpy kind of woman who approaches the world at a safe distance – on the outside looking in. The only thing I had in common with Caroline is that we both hate confrontation!

Caroline watches and observes life – she’s shy and quiet – an “in the background” kind of gal….and then it happens…..After Caroline goes against her own character and drops an “f” bomb in a room filled with parents from her daughters High School.  


When Caroline Jacobs utters her “four letter word” insult to the PTO president, it unleashes 25 years of built up and stuffed disappointment and hurt that she’s been toting around since she was in high school. This moment sparks Caroline to take her daughter, Polly, out of school and drive to her childhood home in Massachusetts to confront her former high school bully, Emily. When Caroline and bully, Emily are reunited again, Caroline then realizes the shameful secrets from her past that are waiting for her to address.

Along the way, Caroline Jacobs and her daughter encounter new characters, bicker, have heart-to-hearts, all culminating in Caroline finally revealing the truth about what happened to her younger sister over two decades ago. Although the book addresses some serious issues like death, bullying, resentment and guilt, it is a fun and fast read and is often a humerous book that looks at how we carry and nurse our childhood “hurts” throughout our lives that can end up keeping us from appreciating things that really matter.

Thank you so much NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion.

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