Carrie Soto Is Back
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 30th August 2022
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Synopsis of Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Goodreads)
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.
My Thoughts About Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I am a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Carrie Soto Is Back is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. So lucky to have received an ARC of this book!
Carrie Soto Is Back is the story of retired 37 years old tennis champion, Carrie Soto, who decides to make a comeback so that her record can be saved.
I have only read four books by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Carrie Soto Is Back is not my favorite. However, this doesn’t mean that this is a bad or disappointing book. I mean, Taylor Jenkins Reid is the master of storytelling and no book from her can be disappointing. I really liked reading this book, but I did not love this book as much as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Malibu Rising (check the review here).
This book is centered around tennis and if you are a tennis fan or sports fan, you’ll love this book. If not, then also this book is for you if you like reading about strong female characters!
Carrie Soto Is Back is Carrie’s life story since she was a small child who started to play tennis ever since she could hold a racket in her hands to being the best tennis player in the world to retiring begrudgingly from tennis due to health issues. But now that her record is about to be broken by another tennis player, Nicki Chen, Carrie will do anything to save her record so she decides to come back.
I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, especially Carrie Soto. She is such a strong woman who knows how to persevere and work hard for her goals. She just does not give up, ever. I loved Carrie’s father as well who was also her coach. He was such a soft person, loving father, and a fantastic coach who wanted the best for Carrie. He was also the one who told Carrie not to be too greedy and to just become the best version of herself.
During her comeback, she was heavily criticized but she did not listen to the haters. Being a public figure, she was scrutinized and predictions were made for her doomed comeback but she had grown a tough skin over the years and she did not allow any of the criticisms to hold her back. She dedicated her entire self to play tennis one last time.
Another cool thing about this book is there was a reference to Daisy Jones & The Six and also there’s mention of Mick Riva, another important character from Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. In fact, Carrie Soto herself briefly appeared in Malibu Rising. I appreciate the fact that TJR’s characters are interrelated across her different books.
There was also a love story going on in the background and I appreciated that the love story was not made a major plotline. The love story was just there and I love Carrie’s friendship and relationship with the person and how he supported her and was always there for her.
One of the major plotlines of this book is her relationship with her father. It was a close one despite being a complicated one and I think that just made the relationship look very realistic and genuine. The ending was definitely emotional in regards to her father. But the ending with regards to Carrie Soto winning or losing was absolutely phenomenal. I will not obviously spoil anything, but I absolutely loved the ending. It was fantastic and I loved the direction TJR chose to go. The last scene was absolutely phenomenal! I am so happy and satisfied with the ending.
The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star because this book was entirely about tennis and I did not understand the descriptions about the game when they were playing it.
In conclusion I can say that Carrie Soto is phenomenal character and Carrie Soto Is Back is a phenomenal book. I cannot recommend this book enough.
My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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