Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel

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Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel

Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel

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The books in Reid’s famous women quartet stand alone.... But each of the books centers a vibrant protagonist managing the tensions between her glamorous life in the public eye and the pressures she feels in private... with Reid meticulously collecting minute yet meaningful details to help build immersive worlds” — Time

Don’t worry if you’re not big on sports stories; this is, ultimately, a heart-filled novel about an iconic and persevering father and daughter. In Malibu Rising I did not like Carrie at all, and I’m surprised to say that having now read this book I completely admire her. Carrie is a woman that is full of strength and determination, she will work harder than anyone to make sure that she is good enough, she just won’t settle for less than best. She has known what she wanted from life at such a young age and did everything in her power to make that dream come true. 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.

The bulk of the commentators... 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. I'll admit Carrie was not the most easy person to like. Her attitude in the beginning was not appreciated by me much. But overtime, as I read through her struggles, hard work and ambition- it became so easy to root for her. To see her become the person she wanted to be. To finally enjoy the sport she used to love. This is a journey you don't wanna miss. It is said that playing to win comes out of inspiration, whereas playing not to lose comes out of desperation. When we are playing tennis or any other game, the most important quality we should have is the enthusiasm and the attitude to enjoy our game. That will be only present when we are playing to win. If we are playing not to lose, we are playing from a position of weakness. The author has done an amazing job in making us understand this vital lesson through this novel. I am afraid of losing. I am afraid of how it will look to the world. I'm afraid of this match being the last match my father ever sees me play. I am afraid of ending this all on a loss. I am afraid of so much." I wondered why anyone would want to build anything out of sand, when tomorrow it will be gone, and you'd have nothing to show for your day.

Maybe you're realizing there's another mountain, because there always will be, and you need to hear, "I have always known there is no mountain you cannot climb, one step at a time." The use of the Spanish did not bother me, because I do understand it, but for those who can’t understand you will not miss that much, as there was nothing important in those dialogues, except the father’s love and tenderness. I adored her father, he was an absolute gem of a person and boy did he love and admire Carrie. I loved their story and adored the bond that they shared, it really was something special.If you don’t like tennis, this book will make you a big fan by explaining the basic rules smartly. Each chapter keeps you on your toes, and you feel like you've been transported to the tennis matches, sitting on the benches to watch the games live with your heart in your throat! The narration couldn't be more exciting! You jump up and down, scream, cross your fingers, and wish so hard to see Carrie win! I really loved where Carrie’s head went during the US Open, it was like she was finally realising what was important to her now and that she was actually happy with her life.

This was a lot less on the historical fiction side of things than some of Reid's other books, which to me which somewhat sad since I love looking for all the references she always includes in her books. Most of the novel also takes place in the 80s and 90s and since I grew up during this time, I was hanging on every reference...I just wish there had been more! I do love that TJR always manages to weave in different stylistic bits in her prose, from news articles to interviews, and makes everything feel SO authentic, you often forget that her characters aren't real. (There's also a tiny nod to Daisy Jones that made me smile!) Now, I was not a tennis player and I never played to the level Carrie did, obviously. However, I WAS a collegiate scholarship athlete who spent the majority of age 5-21 on a sports field with a VERY dedicated and involved father. As a result, I felt VERY connected to Carrie...her competitive nature...her perfectionism...and her fear of failure.

Carrie Soto is Back

I liked Carrie and Javi's relationship. They were a great duo, despite everything. He was the real strategist and had a really good eye and mind for tennis. I could probably go on forever. I could quote so many things and explain their meaning to me. I could write about celebrity vs expectation vs self. I'm a writer, a book lover, and a huge advocate for loving what you have and knowing what you deserve. But what this review boils down to is that you are the master of yourself.



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