Carrie Soto Is Back

Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title:  Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel
AuthorTaylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 363
Date of US Publication: 30 August, 2022
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

How timely the release for this is - with the US Open going on 🎾 

This is ultimate late summer reading and I strongly recommend this one!!!!

The moment you start this one, you’re invested, seriously invested. At no point do any of these people strike you as fictional characters, created by the author. Reid’s writing is masterful in this one and the power of her words has woven a gorgeous story. I will go so far as to say that this is my second favorite novel of Reid’s; it’s up there in my top 5 best books read this year. 

I simply cannot get over how completely and wholly a Taylor Jenkins Reid novel drags you under its spell. I went into this expecting to love Carrie, who we remember from Malibu Rising, and just knowing that Carrie was going to be a wonderfully complex character - and in case you were wondering, I did, and she was. I really don’t know how I could have loved this one more than I did. I’m already looking forward to rereading this by giving a listen to the full-cast audiobook, which I imagine is fantastic. 

The relationships in CSIB are so real; the one between Carrie and her dad is written so beautifully (❤️Javier) and the slow burn between Carrie and Bowe is is gorgeous. There’s some nice character crossover as well.

*** I wound up pre-ordering this on audiobook because I loved it so much 😍

eARC kindly provided by Ballantine Books / Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


“An epic adventure about a female athlete perhaps past her prime, brought back to the tennis court for one last grand slam” (Elle), from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“Gorgeous. The kind of sharp, smart, potent book you have to set aside every few pages just to catch your breath. I’ll take a piece of Carrie Soto forward with me in life and be a little better for it.”—Emily Henry, author of 
Book Lovers and Beach Read

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.


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