Carrie Soto is Back

Thank you, Random House, for the gifted copy of Carrie Soto is Back {partner} 🎾

Genre: Fiction
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 8.30.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆


“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.”


“We live in a world where exceptional women have to sit around waiting for mediocre men.”

I adore Taylor Jenkins Reid and will read whatever she writes and continue to do so until she decides to retire from writing. Unfortunately, after reflecting on the book for that last week, I’ve decided that Carrie Soto is Back was not the book for me. It’s not quite a 3.5 star, so I’m settling for 4.

TJR has this incredible talent of creating unlikeable characters and making me fall for them (which I adore in an author because it usually means stellar character development). But I never fell in love with Carrie Soto. She was (in my opinion) a one-dimensional character that never gained any traction in my heart.

And, Holy Batman, tennis. I love tennis – I played when I was younger, but this was such a tennis-heavy book that I felt like I was playing alongside Carrie. I learned a lot, but it was a bit laborious.

I listened to the entire book because I started listening through LibroFM and then kept listening even though my book had arrived. I LOVE full-cast audiobooks, but this one didn’t introduce an entire cast until the 27% mark 🤷🏽‍♀️

The one aspect that I did love about Carrie Soto is the evolution of Carrie’s relationship with her father. It was perfect and left me in tears toward the end.

🎾 Tennis, tennis, tennis, and some more tennis
1️⃣ One-dimensional character
🗣 Audiobook has full-cast after 27% mark
💞 The evolution of Carrie and her relationship with her father

Again, I will always read JTR books, so don’t take this as me gatekeeping you from this novel. I’d love it if you read it so we could discuss it further!

Read Carrie Soto is Back if you enjoyed reading Malibu Rising for the unlikeable characters or the Beartown series for the sports-centered storyline.

Format: 384 pages, hardback
Published: August 2022
ISBN 0593158687 (ISBN13: 9780593158685)

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