Book Review: Carrie Soto Is Back By Taylor Jenkins Reid


Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular.

By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach.

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, British 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 a story about the cost of greatness and a legendary athlete attempting a comeback.


Taylor Jenkins Reid is something else. Every novel I have read by her, you are taken into another world (some relating to others with mentions of characters in this one as an example). Literally it feels so real!

You do not have to be into sports too much to love this one. I know next to nothing about Tennis but I absolutely loved it.

Carrie has aged in the sports world. She is 37 and is coming back to reclaim her championship title – FAIR PLAY!

A lot of people doubt her but she pushes beyond her limits and learns more skills – for life as well which I admired. When you actually improve upon yourself as you age is wonderful. The fact that Sports is a field where you do age and have to retire early on as well. Therefore, stories like this are just inspiring.

How does Taylor Jenkins Reid do it?
The main character, the side characters. Every character mentioned is so perfectly written and full of their own personality.

Warning, the second half of this novel brings out the emotions which makes for excellent reading.
The novel ends with a heart-warming moment which I found to be beautiful.
I finished this novel fairly quick which speaks for itself.


5/5 Stars


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