A Blog A Day: Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

“How do you like life in the fast lane?” Digby said. “Is it everything you thought it would be?”

Good question.

Achieving high school “normal” wasn’t as hard as Zoe Webster expected, but she’s beginning to think Hollywood oversold how much fun it all is. Isn’t dating a jock supposed to be one long Instagram dream? Shouldn’t she enjoy gossiping 24/7 with her two BFFs? And isn’t this, the last year before the finish line that is Princeton, meant to be one of her best? If “normal” is the high school goal, why can’t Zoe get Philip Digby—decidedly abnormal, completely chaotic, possibly unbalanced, undoubtedly rude, and somehow…entirely magnetic—out of her mind?

However normal Zoe’s life finally is, it’s about to get blown up (metaphorically. This time. She hopes, anyway.) when Digby shows up on her doorstep. Again. Needing her help to find his kidnapped sister. Still. Full of over-the-top schemes and ready to send Zoe’s life into a higher gear. Again.

It’s time for Zoe Webster to choose between staying in the normal lane, or taking a major detour with Digby (and finally figuring out what that stolen kiss actually meant to him).

Guess which she chooses?

What I Thought:
After reading the fantastic Trouble is a Friend of Mine in 2015, I was excited to read the sequel, Trouble Makes a Comeback.

I didn’t review TIAFOM at the time, but I can’t adequately describe how fantastic it was – a real breath of fresh air with engaging and funny characters, but also a solid mystery plot throughout. And the ending, that kiss… Could Stephanie Tromly do it again with book two??


I am hugely relieved to say that Zoe and Digby are back together, and getting into more scrapes and they are just as loveable a pairing as they were before. Digby is a fantastically written character – bluff, brash and unflappable on the surface, but really just as vulnerable as any teenager, perhaps more so because of his quest to find his abducted sister. That also is a great aspect of this book, in that it is readable on its own, but introduces more information to help Digby in his search and – hopefully – points the way to a book three!

It really is a shame that this book is such compulsive reading as I finished it in no time at all – perhaps I’ll just have to go back and read both again…

Trouble Makes a Comeback was published in November by Hot Key Books. You can connect with Stephanie Tromly on Twitter or read more about her on the Penguin Random House website.

Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes – all opinions are, as always, my own.

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