Carrie Soto is Back|Review

Carrie Soto is Back – Publishing 2022

“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.” – Goodreads

THOUGHTS

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.

A TJR stan for life. I’ve read everything she’s published, and I’ve loved them all. I’m not going to rank this book, because I really think it’s vastly different from all her others. This book is very well-written, interesting, and great, but here’s what you should know going in:

It is VERY tennis-y. Like 100 percent of the time you’re reading about tennis. Plays. Strategy. Serves. Tournaments.

There are basically 2 characters. Carrie and her dad. There’s a love interest, and there’s someone in PR, but they’re not major characters.

There isn’t a ton of backstabbing, love affairs or extreme drama. There’s a racket, a dad, and a woman just trying her best at tennis.

I liked it a lot, but like I said – totally different than anything she’s published previously.

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