Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a historical novel centred around sports. The story is exciting, and the characters are well-developed, making this one of my favourite books of the year. If you have enjoyed any of the author’s other books, this is definitely one to pick up.Title: Carrie Soto is Back
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
In this powerful novel about the cost of greatness, a legendary athlete attempts a comeback when the world considers her past her prime—from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising.
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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Review: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrie Soto is such an interesting character. She isn’t the most likeable, but she has many strengths. Her passion for tennis and her ability to persevere to get what she wants is admirable, even though she is quite abrasive at times.
❀ Exciting Drama
Even if you are not a fan of tennis, or sports for that matter, this book really gives a lot of detail about the game. As a reader, I was pulled right into the matches and the intense drama that unfolds. These aspects are really exciting, and I really loved the commentary on the politics of sport and some of its sexism, making for a thought-provoking read.
❀ Father-Daughter Relationship
There are many side characters in this story, as is the case in many of the author’s other works, and each is interesting and enjoyable to read about. Carrie’s relationship with her father in particular is so wonderful to read about, and the way tennis is such a huge part of it brings the book full circle.
❀ One to Watch For
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a book to try if you love the author, sports fiction, or stories that explore characters who are bold and determined. I recently listened to the audio version and was so thrilled to find out that Patrick McEnroe and Mary Carillo are among the narrators. It was so fun to hear their thoughts on the tennis matches in the book. This is definitely one to watch for.