Carrie Soto is Back, a review by Shelley

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published August 31, 2022
384 pages

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I don’t like tennis to play or to watch, I know nothing about it but I so enjoyed this book. I do like sports and have played both organized hockey and baseball so I think that’s why I could get into and appreciate this story.

Taylor Jenkins Reid always manages to write stories that engage her reader. Her characters aren’t always likable but they are certainly interesting to read about. Carrie’s drive to be the comeback queen had me riveted to the pages and the matches had me on the edge of my seat cheering her on. She really grew as a person and an athlete by the end of the book but she stayed true to herself.

What I really liked about this one is the fact that it focuses on the relationships our main character has. Of course, there are the other athletes but also her dad, her training partner, and her agent. The book also shows how hard female athletes have it compared to their male counterparts, but I didn’t feel like it was being shoved down my throat. Those who have read Malibu Rising will remember Carrie from that novel.

I do have one little niggle about the book.: The Spanish language drove me crazy. I had to continuously stop and translate most of it.

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