Carrie Soto is Back, and so is Taylor Jenkins Reid. Yes, TJR is back with another win!
I’ve read every book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I just love her writing style and approach at tackling complicated life situations. She has once again taken on a subject (in this case tennis), and spliced it open to study and display its many facets. This is a poignant and thought-provoking story that will make you think and question things.
On the surface, this is a story about Carrie Soto’s tennis career. More than that, this a story about grief, dedication, minorities in sports, and the difficult and turbulent father-daughter/coach-athlete relationship between Carrie and Javier. I think it would be great for a book club, because there are a lot of issues and events to discuss.
If you can, listen to the audiobook. It’s not just narrated, it’s performed. Between the story, newspaper clippings, and sports announcing, the group of narrators take on specific roles that truly bring this story to life.
I can’t wait to see what else TJR will come up with next. In the meantime, I’ll be thinking about this story for a long time.
If you’re interested in listening to Taylor Jenkins Reid talk about this book and her purpose for writing it, listen to the interview on AudibleBlog. Keep in mind there’s one spoiler in the interview, so you may want to listen to it after you read the book.
Also, if you enjoyed this story, you’ll enjoy The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger.