Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto Is Back
.ePUB, 312 pages
Publication Date: 30 Aug 2022
By: Doubleday Canada
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About The Book:
Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father, Javier, as her coach. A former champion himself, Javier has trained her since the age of two. But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan. At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked the "Battle-Axe" anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.

My Review:
This whole thing is a fucking joke. 
A player coming out of retirement after this many years? 
And I think I’m going to win a Slam? Am I insane?

I don't like tennis to play or to watch, I know nothing about it but I so enjoyed this book. I do like sports and have played both organized hockey and baseball so I think that's why I could get into and appreciate this story.

Taylor Jenkins Reid always manages to write stories that engage her reader. Her characters aren't always likable but they are certainly interesting to read about. Carrie's drive to be the comeback queen had me riveted to the pages and the matches had me on the edge of my seat cheering her on. She really grew as a person and an athlete by the end of the book but she stayed true to herself. 

What I really liked about this one is the fact that it focuses on the relationships our main character has. Of course, there are the other athletes but also her dad, her training partner, and her agent. The book also shows how hard female athletes have it compared to their male counterparts, but I didn't feel like it was being shoved down my throat. Those who have read Malibu Rising will remember Carrie from that novel.

I do have one little niggle about the book. The Spanish language drove me crazy. I had to continuously stop and translate most of it.

Shout out to my local library for having a copy of this available on publication day. Thanks, Toronto Public Library!


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