20 Books of Summer Book 17 Review – Carrie Soto Is Back

Title: Carrie Soto Is Back

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Historical Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.46

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: ARC


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.

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK for approving me for an ARC of this book. I love TJR and am making my way through her entire collection so I squealed with delight when I got approved for this one.

I firstly must apologise to two of my book club members as we were buddy reading this one over on Storygraph. However I picked this up on Tuesday and could not put it down and raced through to the end. Luckily with Storygraph you can leave comments along the way so they will see my views as they read it.

Where do I even begin with this one. Firstly, who knew that a book centred around tennis could be so addictive. The matches were described just enough to make me aware of what was going on without boring me at the same time. I actually felt the tension during the pinnacle moments and felt that I was holding my breath on several occasions, waiting to see where the ball would land.

Carrie Soto is bold, fierce and one hell of a tennis player. Whilst this story is about her comeback I actually enjoyed the development of Carrie as a person. Yes she has a hard exterior and to the media she comes across as ‘The Beast’ but there is a softer side to her too. The relationship with her father and training partner Bowe were the highlights of the story for me. Even her feud/friendship with Nicki Chan was entertaining and showed the best and worst of women’s sports.

I was rooting for Carrie from the start and when the media got involved it only fuelled my support for her. Whilst her comments and actions weren’t always agreeable with me I couldn’t help but love her and want to see her prove everyone wrong. She’s a force to be reckoned with that shows what pure determination and obsession can do to a person.

Towards the end of the book I was in tears and the just kept flowing. It’s a beautiful story and has now taken my top spot for my favourite TJR read!


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