Jillions of Book Reviews

Review: Carrie Soto Is Back

This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book and it will certainly not be my last. My only brush with tennis was lessons I took with a neighborhood friend one summer when I was maybe 8 or 9. I can honestly say the lessons were fun, but I was terrible at tennis. I remember very little about tennis from those long-ago lessons, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying every moment of this book.

Carrie Soto is a force of nature and her energy fills the pages of this story like nothing I could have expected. The heat and energy pop off the page and it feels like you are experiencing the wins, the losses, the joy, and the fear right along with Carrie in real-time.

Treat yourself to this book. You’ll be glad you did!



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.

In spite of it all, Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season. In this riveting and unforgettable novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells her most vulnerable, emotional story yet




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