#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “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 author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“The perfect novel to close out your summer.”—The Washington Post
“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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Like courtside seats at the Wimbledon final, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel about a single-minded tennis champ’s comeback is so close to the action you’ll smell the chalk. In 1994, Carrie Soto is a 37-year-old former superstar who has decided to cut her retirement short and reclaim her record for Grand Slam titles. As she whips herself back into shape with her beloved father as coach, we see that Carrie is self-confident to the point of arrogance and completely unconcerned with being the most popular player in the locker room. But to get back to where she used to be, she needs to train with a past fling who’s also seeking his last moment of glory. Like in her ’70s-rock-set smash, Daisy Jones & The Six, Reid has a great eye for small, nostalgic details. Ultimately, this is a character study of one kick-ass woman who remains true to herself even while staring down her own doubts.
Another hard-to-put down book from Taylor Jenkins Reid. They characters are believable and human, flaws and all. There are a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo earlier this summer and felt the same: LOVED it!! My new favorite author!
I’m not a tennis player but this story was exciting, warm, funny and great for women for all ages. Love the relationship between Carrie and her father.