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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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Shawna
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#summersport
#summersouls
🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾

Eggs My choice too !!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 3w
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Eggs
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“My older self knows that you must stop—in the middle of the chaos—to take in the world around you.”

I have tennis on my mind from watching French Open live. This book was a favorite ❤️

#SummerSport

#SummerSouls

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Shawna
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤩 2mo
Eggs Great choice 👍🏼 2mo
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Gissy
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#SpringSkies Day 15 #WomenInSport

I don‘t read many novels with this topic so this is a popular book mentioned in this prompt.

I have the English edition but I saw the translated title and it was curious, quite different 😳 Perra (female dog) is used the same as- b#%$& woman 🤷🏽‍♀️Well, how would you describe Carrie in those first chapters?

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Gissy Read February 2023 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Eggs Perfect👌🏼 2mo
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Loved this novel 🎾🧡🎾 2mo
Cupcake12 This has been in my TBR list for a while. 2mo
TheSpineView @Cupcake12 I enjoyed it! ❤️📖🎾 2mo
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TheSpineView @Eggs Me too.❤️📖 2mo
lil1inblue I so enjoy Taylor Jenkins Reid! I still need to read this one. 2mo
TheSpineView @lil1inblue Well worth reading. ❤️📖 2mo
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Helsky
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I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I was not a fan of Malibu Rising or Carrie Soto in it for that matter. I was so sure I would not like a book about tennis. But in the end I actually did like Carrie. She grew on me and matured considerably during the story. Carrie really learned a lot about herself during her comeback. Still my favorite characters were Javier and Bowe. The plot was well written and engaging.

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Allthebookclubs
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More than I ever thought I wanted to know about tennis, but through a great story about a fictional tennis star from the 70s-90s. Full of heart and wonderful. Carrie is def a b, as noted throughout, and hard to like but given her upbringing I get it. A tribute to all female athletes who blazed the hard fought trail!!! Book #18 in 2024

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dabbe
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#SundayFunday
@Bookmarktavern

I have many fond memories during the summer as a kid when I would stay up until I finished a book. Now that I'm retired, I'm able to do the same, but my ol' body ain't what it used to be. 😂 The last book I just had to stay up and gobble in basically one sitting was CARRIE SOTO.

CrystalE02 Yep!!! I have, and I still do it from time to time. 4mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 🤩😍😃 4mo
peaKnit I frequently wake up in the night and finish books. 4mo
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Susanita Same! 4mo
marleed As an adult, I am a sleeper so it‘s difficult for me not to get my 8+ hours. But….., back to my tween self where I snuck my dad‘s hardback (gosh I wish I had that book!) of The Exorcist to my bedroom. It was an all-nighter that scared the bejesus out of me, and I had to fake no impact! 4mo
MysticFaerie All the time! 4mo
dabbe @peaKnit I should do that instead of just laying there and hoping I'll fall back asleep. 🤩 4mo
dabbe @marleed Now that would scare the wits out of me! 😱 4mo
dabbe @Susanita 🤩 4mo
BookmarkTavern I had perfected the flashlight under the covers when I was a kid! ❤️ Tganks for sharing! 4mo
peaKnit @dabbe that‘s what lead me to start getting up to read, if I‘m reading I can be thinking about stuff I can‘t control at 3am. Sometimes an audio book I‘ve listened to before can be soothing. I know the story so I can relax into it. 4mo
dabbe @BookmarkTavern 🤩😂😍 4mo
dabbe @peaKnit Great idea. I'm going to prepare myself to read next time! 🤩 4mo
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LapReader
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1. 🩰 , 🩰 and more 🩰 only 6 hours this week though also tickets to the local writer‘s festival come on sale this week so that‘s exciting. I got some limes off a colleague so it‘s margarita and hammock time on the weekend. 2. Stew and I are off to the local Italian restaurant at the RSL for a weeknight treat of 3 courses of yummy food… bruschetta, gnocchi and panna cotta. 3. Tennis champion in the tagged book. I love tennis so I am ok with that.

Cupcake12 Enjoy your meal. I‘ve got that book on my TBR too. Thanks for joining in x 4mo
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Roxanareads
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I loved this book on audio and the reference to Nina Riva and the book Daisy Jones & the Six. The father daughter relationship between Carrie and her dad was beautiful. The way the book was written you could easily envision yourself there - the moment Carrie sees Princess Diana in the stands at Wimbledon - and says to herself "they can't make us go away just because they are done with us"was powerful!

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tennis is my favorite sport to watch, so I was excited to finally read about Carrie Soto‘s comeback to tennis in her late 30s.
I thought making Carrie a Hispanic character was a strange choice. If there wasn‘t Spanish used frequently throughout the book, her race could have been interchangeable with any other & racism in the sport was never addressed.
That said, I thought it was a great look at a wonderful, hyper-competitive sport.

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dabbe
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#12Booksof2023
@Andrew65

August: CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by TJ Reid

Sometimes you need a book that you can just gobble up in one day. This was that book. 🤩

Andrew65 I loved this when I read it last January. 6mo
dabbe @Andrew65 I did, too! I hated her in MALIBU RISING, and she was a lot to take in this book, but I ended up loving her and her tenacity! 🤩 6mo
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behudd
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My entire life‘s work rests on the outcome of this match.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl No pressure. 6mo
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Andrew65 Loved this and not first time this has been chosen. 6mo
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Andrew65 This is one of my stand out reads of the year and has stayed with me. 6mo
mom2bugnbee @andrew65 I think of it often! 6mo
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Mrs_B
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This might be my favourite TJR. Carrie is unlikeable, but there is something compelling and empowering about her drive and focus. She makes me want to dust off my shoes and fight. Her dad is the hidden star of the story, I‘d like to read it again and focus more on him. Loved it.

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Hillea2
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Loved this book! I really resonated with the competitive nature of Carrie and I think it helped me realize it‘s okay to be competitive. It‘s always empowering to read about strong women, and an athlete in a man‘s world made it fun!

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kimmypete1
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I read this over the summer and it really stuck with me and I was already feeling the need to revisit it. Did the audio this time which was amazing.

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Daniellesbooks1
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unlikeable characters that grow without changing their core 💛

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charlieh1
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is just the best. After daisy jones and the six and Everlyn hugo, I just had to dive into the world of Taylor. Does Carrie Sotto dissapoint? Nope not one bit, the novel is fast paced and a must read for tennis fans. Role on Malibu rising!

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Catsandbooks
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Thank you @dabbe for the book and note! Much appreciated! ❤️
#book2book

dabbe Yay! 🧡🎃🧡 9mo
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Coleen
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Despite the fact that I do love tennis and Taylor Jenkins Reid, this wasn‘t my favorite of hers, probably due mostly to Carrie Soto‘s unlikeable character. Still a good one though. I do enjoy Reid‘s writing style and will probably read anything she publishes.

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Karisimo
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#1 St.Louis Cardinals baseball is the only sport I watch and follow closely! ⚾️ Well, also the Olympics!
#2 the tagged book even though I‘m not at all a tennis fan! 🎾

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dabbe
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CSeydel Yes please! 🙏🎲🎲 10mo
Catsandbooks Yes please 10mo
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readwithcori
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4.5 ★

Despite not knowing a single thing about tennis, Carrie Soto Is Back is a phenomenal read. An elite female tennis player fights her way back to the top despite being written off by the tennis world due to being considered “too old” and called a bitch by many others. The audio version is amazing and brings this story to life even more so than just reading. Highly recommend the listen! #LitsyLoveReads

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Margot0817
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This author is hot or miss for me but I enjoyed this one. I listened to this one and after finishing I realized I wouldn't have kept going if I read it instead. Taylor did a really good job shaping and designing the characters.

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hwallis92
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Another quality read by TJR! I think her characterisation is just so good, she creates the best mental pictures and her characters are so likeable.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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August 21, 2023 I had this book as a tbr. I finished the book but did not feel that it was that good. I had higher expectations bc Taylor Jenkins Reid's previous books were SUPERB. I was a bit bored and it took a while for me to reach the good part of the book. 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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lilpumpkin2.0
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August 21, 2023 I am on page 296... omg I only have like very little pages left to read. sigh I mean just by reading the title of the book, Taylor Jenkins Reid gives the outcome of book right away. There is no need to really read the book tbh. A quote that I liked was, "Carrie Soto is human. But she's superhuman" (page 296)

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Itchyfeetreader
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Gosh this book had a lot of tennis in it! Compellingly written the vast amount of tennis helps set the scene for the single mindedness of Carrie - a retired tennis great determined to renter the game for one last season to regain her most grand slam title but does drown out some of the arguably more interesting relationship building. Loved Gwen the agent and would have loved to see more of her.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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August 20, 2023 Last time I had updated was on August 6. I thought it was time for a new update. I am on page 216 out of 364 - more than halfway and I am not feeling like I reached the climax. The author is basically talking about her playing tennis and practicing tennis.

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dabbe
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Having lost her world title in tennis, the “Battle-Axe-Bitch“ comes back to try to win it back. I inhaled this book in one day. I adored the relationship between Carrie and her father, Carrie and Bowe, and Carrie and Gwen. The way TJR wrote the tennis matches was heart-pumpingly fun and kept me turning those pages. I came to love Carrie and cheered her on not to win her title--but to find out who she really is. Another TJR WIN for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! 💛 10mo
CSeydel I enjoyed Carrie‘s appearance in Malibu Rising, but I haven‘t read this one yet 10mo
dabbe @CSeydel I think you'd love it! 🤗 10mo
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TJR‘s books never sound like something I‘m interested in, but they‘re always fantastic. I‘m consistently amazed by how she can make me so deeply invested in characters that are so unlikable/difficult. This was another home run—or rather, an ace. 🎾 Carrie is right up there with Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo. Thank you @Karisimo for including this on your #AuldLangSpine list! This was my July #DoubleSpin.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
dabbe I'm halfway through this myself! Agree with you on all points! 💙🖤🩵 11mo
Tea_and_Starstuff Oh dear, I'd dismissed this author as one I probably wouldn't enjoy. But if you love the book? Might have to give the author a shot. 11mo
BarbaraJean @Tea_and_Starstuff Ha! Yeah, my brain had classified her as “not for me” but then a couple of her books showed up on a #NewYearWhoDis list one year, so I decided to give her a shot. The full-cast audiobook of Daisy Jones & the Six is fantastic, or check out this one or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and see what you think. Very complex and usually unlikable characters that are absolutely compelling. 11mo
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laurabilly13
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Another TJR for me next! #carriesotoisback #taylorjenkinsreid. Ok, every time I read another of TJR‘s I think ‘this is my favourite.‘ I thought Carrie was such a strong character, didn‘t want this book to end!

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lilpumpkin2.0
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August 6, 2023 Not sure when the last time I posted something was but here is another post! I am on page 117 and I am enjoying the book so far. There is a lot of tennis lingo but the whole book revolves around tennis and tennis players and tennis moves... not surprised. Just wish I could reach the climax of the book a little faster bc the part I am on is a bit slow

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JillR
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A good fun holiday read, whether you like tennis or not. I loved that as a main character we don‘t have to like Carrie Soto, and the way her female relationships were developed was refreshing. I don‘t particularly like tennis, yet got really invested in the blow by blow account of each match Carrie plays during her comeback.

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kissmehardy
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*extremely John Mulaney voice* Carrie Soto is a bitch and I like her SO MUCH. #reread #historicalfiction #sportsfiction

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bekakins
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OMG I absolutely LOVED this. Devoured it in a day, I‘m a bit of a TJR fangirl anyway, but this was absolutely brilliant. Carrie was a great, flawed, and oh so believable character. Possibly my favourite book of the year so far. This one‘s for my book club, so looking forward to hearing what the others thought!

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lilpumpkin2.0
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July 26, 2023 New book alert. I have been doing a good job at reading during 2023, that I am trying not to fall into a book slump. My next book will be another fiction but then they will be nonfiction.

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jamield1911
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Out-bloody-standing. In my top three books this year without a shadow of a doubt. 🎾💚
I love that TJR writes such realistic characters. Just like Evelyn Hugo, I refuse to believe that Carrie Soto isn't real. Like all TJR heroines, Carrie is flawed. She's arrogant, obnoxious & a total bitch. But I fell in love with her. Her determination & nerve make her unforgettable. I've never seen such character development. I laughed, I cheered, I cried
5 ⭐️

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jamield1911
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My new favourite feminist character, Carrie Soto.

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bio_chem06 Not her best, but I still enjoyed it 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Still need to read this one 💛 12mo
Eggs @bio_chem06 I enjoyed it-I‘m a tennis lover 🎾 12mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you like it ❤️ 12mo
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kimmypete1
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1. Carrie Soto is Back, TJR
2. Well Traveled, Jen DeLuca
3. All the Sinners Bleed, SA Cosby
4. Reign, Katharine McGee
5. Before I Let Go, Kennedy Ryan
6. Carrie Soto is Back, TJR
7. Taylor Jenkins Reid
8. 🤷🏻‍♀️
9. Hello Stranger, Katherine Center
10. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, Molly Harper
11. The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton
12. So. Many. 😂😂😂

MidYearBookFreakout

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Kris10H
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Book #32
3.5
Well written, as always by TJR, but this one missed the mark for me - likely due to my total indifference to tennis (and sports in general). The characters were well developed, but I struggled to make any personal connections with their life goal and purpose of becoming better than everyone else at something. My goal is just to be the best me I can be - competition has never really interested me much.

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kimmypete1
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This might just be the best book of 2023 for me. I couldn‘t put it down.

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Last nights view was spectacular.

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kimmypete1
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Treated myself to an airport read and some room service tiramisu in Rome. No surprise, one of the best tiramisu I‘ve ever had.

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