The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs

  • by Matthew Dicks
  • Narrated by Cynthia Hopkins
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Caroline Jacobs is a wimp, someone who specializes in the suffering of tiny indignities in silence. And the big ones, too. But when the twinset wearing president of the local Parent Teacher Organization steps out of line one too many times, Caroline musters the courage to assert herself. With a four-letter word, no less. Caroline's outburst has awakened something in her. Not just gumption, but a realization that the roots of her tirade can be traced back to something that happened to her as a teenager, when her best friend very publicly betrayed her. So, with a little bit of bravery, Caroline decides to go back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend. She busts her daughter out of school, and the two set off to deliver the perfect comeback...some 25 years later. But nothing goes as planned. Long buried secrets rise to the surface, and Caroline finds she has to face much more than one old, bad best friend.
The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs is an enchanting novel about the ways in which our childhood experiences reverberate through our lives. It's the story of a woman looking to fix her life through an act of bravery, and of a mother and daughter learning to understand one another. Deceptively simple and highly engaging, this latest novel by Matthew Dicks is perfect for those of us who were last to be picked at sports, and for everyone who is thrilled not to be in high school anymore. The audiobook includes an interview with the author.


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Customer Reviews

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Not as good as anticipated

iI have high expectations for this book, so it is certainly a letdown. i have read most of the author's other books amd this is my least favorite. The synopsis of the story makes it more interesting than it turns out to be. The story is too short and makes a big deal out of nothing. However, the narration is superb, and thus,, is totally wasted here. Nonetheless, i have high hopes for the author. And wish he had learned his lesson with this and grow.
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- My 50 cents

My fabulous son-in-law wrote this book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs to be better than the print version?

I am able to listen to more stories that I am able to read. I really enjoy audible books so much. I still read, but am usually too tired to continue - listening - in the car, when walking the dogs, on the train, walking in the street, at the market - I can listen anywhere and I love that.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, yes - it's one of my son-in-law's wonderful stories. BUT aside from that - I was really able to think about things that happened in my own youth - not the bullying part, perhaps, but the idea of leaving one friend behind for another. It made me think about that - the pain I probably caused, and the things that young people can do to one another. If I had that to do over, I would. Being the mom of two daughter's, I enjoyed the relationships that moved and changed throughout the course of the book. Knowing Matt as I do, I find it interesting that he can be aware of the feelings of girls/women the way that he did. BUT I would recommend listening to the interview after the story - he talks about how his wife and friends read as he writes and that he is open to their thoughts. Since some of them are women - he must be getting their feedback as to how a woman or girl might feel about certain things.
SO, I would say that what I liked best was being able to feel a connection to Caroline and Emily.

What does Cynthia Hopkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that I would enjoy reading the book also. I just get through more books being able to listen to them. A bad narrator though, can really ruin a good story - Cynthia Hopkins, I thought, did a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes - the dinner that Polly put together totally surprised me - I loved it.

Any additional comments?

The things that happen to us as we are growing up certainly determine who we will be in our later years - this was a great example of the pain one can cause for another. Everyone but Caroline's daughter treated Caroline as if she was making a big deal about something that happened so long ago and that she should have gotten over it - but I understood - and I think a lot of other people will too.

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- Babsy "readingisgreat"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio