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Carrie Soto Is Back
Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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In this powerful novel about the cost of greatness, a legendary athlete attempts a comeback when the world considers her past her prime--from the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 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 Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach. Javier--a former champion himself--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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DaniJ
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Wonderful story about ambition, powerful women, and the unforgiving brutality of being the best at something. TJR is a master storyteller and this book does not disappoint. I‘m

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Well_Read_Redhead
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This is the only TJR book I've disliked. I woukd have bailed on it if it wasn't an Audible credit. I rarely give 1 stars to books because I bail on books that I don't enjoy. (Life is too short and there are too many books.) There isn't one thing that I liked about Carrie Soto - the book or rhe character - which makes me sad because I adore TJR books, but I have to be honest.

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ItsAnotherJen
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Not as good as I hoped. This is about tennis. A lot of tennis. Allll of the tennis. Plus, the characters aren't likeable for 80% of the book. But by the end I was absolutely rooting for Carrie. I started caring about what was going on in her life and in her mind. I wish all of the Spanish was translated into English for those of us unfortunate enough not to know the language. I decided to give this 3 stars. The ending was a good ending.

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melmes
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Cozying up with the latest hit from TJR‘s books. So far liking the tennis 🎾 info and carries story. Different from what we learned from Malibu rising
#carriesotoisback #taylorjenkinsreid #sundayread #cozyread #read #decemberread #

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candc320
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I have read all of TJR‘s novels other than Evelyn Hugo (just haven‘t gotten to it yet) and this is by far my least favorite. It seems so strange to take a highly unlikeable tertiary character from one book and give her her own novel to showcase her one-minded arrogance. I‘m also not a fan of tennis so maybe I would have liked it more if I was 🤷🏼‍♀️? Either way still a fan of the author but definitely not of the book. 🌟🌟

LKK526 I started reading a sample on my Kindle and immediately didn‘t like the characters. I read Daisy Jones and the Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and liked both. Malibu Rising was just ok 1w
candc320 @lkk526 you aren‘t missing anything, lol. I really enjoyed her first 3 books (After I Do, Forever, Interrupted, and One True Loves). 1w
LKK526 Haven‘t read those but I‘ll check them out. Thanks😃 1w
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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio! 🎧

#bookspinbingo

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sailu112
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Carrie Soto was such an unlikeable character so it took a few pages for me to get into the book unlike other TJR books. But the way she transformed her life was amazing. And I have to say Xavier Soto is my favorite

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Bluebird
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1st time reading this author. I was a tennis fan back in the Conners/Borg/McEnroe days, so seemed like a win for me. Loved all the tennis, enjoyed my love/hate relationship with Carrie and adored her Papa. Audio version is fabulous! (However lots of Spanish phrases-nothing hard, but not sure if that is a negative for someone unfamiliar with it)The voice of Carrie is perfect. Her joy in the read is infectious: kinda like how Wil Wheaton narrates.

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Verity
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Finally finished this - hardbacks really don‘t fit into my reading life that well! Anyway, this is really good, even if I think I spotted a few Wimbledon inaccuracies! Carrie is a great character and it‘s wonderful watching her evolve and grow. I‘m sad that this is the last book in this universe though.

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AvidReader25
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I‘ve heard lots of complaints that Carrie isn‘t likable enough. I can‘t help feel but that misses the point. She‘s a broken person who‘s been trained to think she only matters if she‘s winning. Her goal isn‘t to become likable. I think if she was a man people would have a lot less problem. I liked her growth, loved her relationship with her dad, & got burnt out on the tennis.

“Sometimes I think being the very best is antithetical to being happy.”

Christine I haven‘t read this one (yet) but share your perspective re: a good read not requiring a likable character. 3w
AvidReader25 @Christine I think sometimes readers expect authors to only create characters that we went to root for. 3w
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DebbieGrillo
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“Good is the enemy of great,” my father says.

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Julsmarshall
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I enjoyed this, though more of a slow build than her others. The character development was masterful, the writing descriptive and precise, and the tennis play by play was riveting. So good! And the #audio was fantastic! @TheAromaofBooks #BookspinBingo #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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DebbieGrillo
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Bookwormjillk Wow that picture really sums it up. 3w
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akfreeborn
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October was a great reading month! I had five incredible choices and the rest were right behind. Starting in the mythology retellings and Ng‘s new book-wow plus Strout is a national treasure. Carrie Soto and Violin Conspiracy were both about passions of mine. I have a state of Maine theme right now and Killers, Kiss Curse and Nora were all perfectly fun- particularly Nora. Loved all the characters in those books. On to November!

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ So. Much. Freaking. Tennis. And Carrie isn‘t even likable. Decent writing, but not the story for me. I‘m super hit or miss with TJR.

LeslieO I liked this one but I like tennis and had fun reading it during the US Open. I heard people say, you don‘t have to like tennis to like the book. And I thought really? Because it‘s ALL tennis😂 4w
Twainy DITTTTO!! 4w
Megabooks Yup! 4w
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Cinfhen Yeah - no “love”‘for this one 😖 4w
kbuggle So. Much. 4w
britt_brooke @kbuggle Too. Much. 😂😂 4w
kbuggle @britt_brooke agreed!! 😆💯 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much for this beauty Harper!! Can‘t wait to read it!! 💛💛💛

#LitsyLove

TheSpineView This is on my TBR list. I will be curious to know what you think about it. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheSpineView I‘ll let you know 💛 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Happy Birthday! 1mo
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4¼⭐
I loved the connection to Malibu Rising. This was good…but I was sometimes put off by all the tennis crap (I feel like I should know how tennis is scored now…but I still don‘t…🤷). That being said since this is written by TJR and her writing is simply amazing; I still found myself completely engaged. This story gave me a sense of what it‘s like to be inside the mind of a pro athlete. How to get to the top of your game and stay on top.

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OutAndAbout
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Fabulous! I know nothing about tennis but that‘s not the point. This is a great coming-of-middle-age story about a woman who learns what‘s really important in life. Great characters and strong character development. I see lots of people say they really don‘t like Carrie so they stop reading. But that‘s the whole point! Carrie doesn‘t even always like Carrie but eventually, she figures it out. If you‘ve ever wanted to win something, you‘ll love it.

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BookLineNSinker
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I loved this book. There are so many powerful characters and the story itself is incredibly moving but what I liked best about this story is the relationship Carrie has with her father 💕 What an amazing story! It's not my normal genre but I give it a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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OutAndAbout
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They wanted a woman whose eyes would tear up with gratitude, as if she owed them her victory, as if she owed them everything she had.

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DebbieGrillo
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IuliaC Great quote! 1mo
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swishandflick
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I enjoyed this! Just not quite as much as I did some of her others. I don't understand or follow tennis, but even I found myself rooting for Carrie's comeback (both professionally and personally). If you're already a big fan of TJR, I think you'll find yourself drawn in every bit as much as usual. But if you're not usually a fan, this might not change your mind. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Twainy
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🎧 I started this book & was quickly thinking CRAPPP I NEED TO DNF THIS BOOK 😩

I‘m not a tennis fan & this book is about a pro tennis player that is just a horrible, driven, miserable person hyper focused on winning at all costs with zero sportsmanship. She‘s just an ass.

I liked the dad.

She inserted DJ&tS into the story that was jarring.

Like DJ&t6 the audiobook was better than reading it because there‘s multiple narrators.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ passable

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐/5⭐

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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-10-22: My 101st finished book of 2022! Carrie Soto, retired from tennis as the top ranking female tennis star of all time, but now someone has knocked her out of the top spot. At age 37, Carrie decides to come out of retirement to regain her title. With her coach/father by her side can she make it through this final season? While Carrie is cold, the relationship with her father moved me. Intense tennis game recreations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣1️⃣

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Kristin_Reads
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📖 10-10-22 || Just as compellingly readable as TJR‘s others, though I didn‘t enjoy this one quite as much. I didn‘t really *like* Carrie, though I think that may be the actual point… I will auto-buy anything from Jenkins Reid.

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DaNae.Gr
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Moved across the world and books are from UK Publishing now. I had to check out what The Sunday Times was 🤣

MicheleinPhilly How exciting! 2mo
DaNae.Gr @MicheleinPhilly so exciting! 2mo
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Beatlefan129
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This was definitely my least favorite TJR book.Carrie Soto is a very one dimensional character.She is all about winning and has a very difficult time opening herself up to any emotional connections with the people in her life.I was also very underwhelmed with the audio production.Despite being billed as a full cast recording,the main narrator read 99% of the story with the rest of the cast only chiming in for about 5 minutes as sports commentators

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Mdion1993
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One of the most abrasive players in women‘s tennis comes out of retirement to defend her world record.

Athletic ✨ Inspiring ✨ Comeback

NOTES: While “Carrie Soto is Back” felt predictable and cliche at times, I couldn‘t help but get sucked into the intensity of the matches. This book inspired me to get back into shape.

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Eorrlopez
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I really loved this book. It was such a good story and I love that the characters were not perfect.

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ErraticElle
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I am not typically a fan of sports based fiction, so I was a apprehensive. But then something happened & I was hooked hard. The character growth is masterfully handled & organic. The detail & consistency in the sport information was on point. I was absolutely riveted. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours & freaking felt it in my gut. A great story, a fantastic protagonist, & charismatic writing that has me on the edge of a full swoon.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid has a way of sucking you in and never wanting to leave. Her writing style is amazing and she gets her readers believing that these stories really did happen. I loved everything about this story. The father daughter relationship. The Tennis Career. The story is told from the point of view of Carrie Soto but the audiobook had the whole cast of characters. Such a fun read.

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This book is about the greatest female tennis player and her comeback. It was also about love, loss, family and ambition. I played competitively through college and played 4 x a week into my late 30s, and TJR did the tennis writing so well and technically accurate. If you aren‘t a tennis fan it still would be compelling I believe. This book felt like it was written for me. Thank you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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xicanti
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Did some nighttime outdoor reading while Casey scrounged for shards of the treat he chewed on earlier. CARRIE SOTO is my least favourite of the TJR books I‘ve read so far, mostly because the structure doesn‘t quite serve the story early on, but the relationships build really well and the tennis is exciting for anyone who loves a good sports novel (whether or not they love tennis). By the end, I was so invested that I couldn‘t put it down.

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This was the year that I finally went to the US Open. We missed Serena but did get to see Tiafoe which was exciting. That put me in the mood to read Carrie Soto is back. TJR did a fabulous job of putting us in the head of Carrie, coming out of retirement to keep her record of Grand Slams alive. The writing was fast paced, just like watching a match. But it was the relationship with her father in particular that gave this book its heart. 🎾❤️

Suet624 Watching Tiafoe must have been fun!! 2mo
Ncostell @Suet624 It was, he was amazing! 2mo
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Book 111 of the year.

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TheEllieMo
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I really enjoyed this novel about an elite tennis player, the greatest player of her generation, who comes out of retirement when a younger player equals her record of Grand Slam wins. The author has drawn Carrie‘s character well, giving is a seemingly unlikeable character, hard and driven, but hinting at a a deeper need that the character has to learn to understand.

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JoyBlue
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Tennis and personal drama fans: Step right up! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#carrie-soto-is-back

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Karons1
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The perfect 🤩 beach 🏖 read ! Loved it, love Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s style of writing and I love tennis 🎾 so perfect for me. What can beat reading 📖 a great book on the beach

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wait, am I actually a sports person?! Carrie‘s energy left me feeling exhilarated, as if I myself could slay someone in a beautiful game of tennis. (I have never played or watched tennis in my life.) My adrenaline was pumping and my tears were flowing! It‘s such a riveting story of fathers and daughters, ambition, fear, sexism, aging, pressure, and perfection. ⬇️

ICantImReading Some reviews say Carrie is unlikable, but I loved her unapologetic authenticity - she is relentless, determined, and an absolute force! The bitch is back, indeed! #AuthenticBooks 2mo
LeslieO Love the bookmark! That was my favorite line. 2mo
MyNamesParadise Love that bookmark!! I‘m eager to read this book! I got a signed copy from Barnes & Noble. 2mo
ICantImReading @LeslieO thank you! It is such a great line! Authentic Books sent that bookmark with the book 🥰 2mo
ICantImReading @MyNamesParadise I hope you love it!! This one from Authentic Books also came signed!🎾💛 (edited) 2mo
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I was surprisingly engrossed in the tennis for someone who knew little about the game. I liked that Carrie was unapologetically driven to win. It's not seen as proper for women, therefore she was known as The Bitch. Really, this was a feel good book.

#SuperSeptember book 3 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Waiting to get hold of this one. 2mo
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KristiAhlers
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My signed and numbered #goldsborobook arrived yesterday and yes, I inhaled it! I truly love this author and although what I know about tennis has just been learned from this book I still found the characters and storyline entertaining! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Chelsea.Poole
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Carrie Soto is the tennis GOAT in this 90s-set comeback story. Highly anticipated, but really different than the author‘s previous novels I‘ve read — Daisy Jones, Malibu, and Evelyn Hugo. The entire book is about tennis, including individual sets, practicing, and even the medium through which each of the characters relate to one another. It‘s a testament to TJR‘s skill that I enjoyed the novel about something I care little about! 🎾

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My favorite TJR book to date! This started off a little slow for me and Carrie Soto and Carrie Soto is a difficult character to like. She is a bit robotic and cold, And doesn't really care what anyone else thinks. 6 years after her retirement and, after shattering every record and claiming 20 grand slam titles, carry attempts a come back. And she comes back with her father as her coach once again. As the story develops (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy we see a softer more human side of Carrie Soto. Before I knew it I went from ho hum on this book to can't put it down! Anyone who has ever competed at any level oh well love this book! Reading it while they're there is a Anyone who has ever competed at any level oh well love this book! Reading this during tennis season just lent authenticity to this book. That along with the announcement of a long time tennis great retiring, really made this book feel real, current, and relevant. Vent. I absolutely love the story, loved how the character of Carrie developed, and loved the surprising outcomes that you don't really expect. Keep waiting, you're going to fall in love with this book, Love wins 😉 2mo
marleed I thought it was very good too. I really liked the fictional aspect to it - I was caught up in Carrie‘s experience without prior history and opinion. And the timing for my read could not have been better! 2mo
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Cathyloves2read
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Despite the controversy that this book is causing, l really liked it. I especially liked the ending. I‘m not a huge tennis fan, but the fact that this book revolves around tennis didn‘t distract from it. I did the audio version, and feel that the multiple readers were excellent. I‘ve read several books by this author, and feel this is one of her best. I recommend it.

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