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Carrie Soto Is Back

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This book is perfection. Taylor Jenkins Reid at her best. This also had the same vibes to me of the movie Wimbledon with Paul Bettany. I read this weeks ago and it’s still on my mind.
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TJR has done it again.  A fast paced read that brings great insight into the world of tennis in the 1990’s.  Carrie appeared in Malibu Rising and I didn’t think I’d want ever read anything about her unlikeable character but Jenkins-Reid does a wonderful job making her into a pretty incredible character.  I like how there have been cross over characters in her books.  The only downside to this story was a lot of Spanish dialog that I really wanted to know what they said-so I’d translate it,  Thank goodness I was reading it on my kindle.
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I would read Taylor Jenkins Reid grocery list if she would let me.  She never fails to write compelling stores with characters that pull on your heart strings.  This story touches on sexism, the double standards women have in sports, and honestly that women have in general.  It also show the heart of a relationship between a father and daughter both striving to do the best for one another.  

This book teaches us that no matter how hard we hang on, or how hard we work; nothing lasts forever.  In the light of the Serena Williams revival in the recent years, I think this books will interest people who loved the film King Richards.  I found a lot of similarity, but not enough to take away from each stories uniqueness.  I have no doubt TJR will find success with this story, and I continue to wait for what's to come.
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𝚁𝙴𝙰𝙳 𝚃𝙷𝙸𝚂 𝙸𝙵 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝙻𝙸𝙺𝙴/𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴/𝚆𝙰𝙽𝚃:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
◾️ Taylor Jenkins Reid period.​​​​​​​​
◾️ Tennis​​​​​​​​
◾️ Powerful but flawed female MC ​​​​​​​​
◾️ Father/daughter relationships​​​​​​​​
◾️ Alternating timelines​​​​​​​​
◾️ 1st person POV ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​𝙱𝙻𝚄𝚁𝙱 𝙾𝙽𝙴-𝙻𝙸𝙽𝙴𝚁: In this powerful novel about the cost of greatness, a legendary athlete attempts a comeback when the world considers her past her prime.​​​​​​​​
𝙼𝚈 𝚃𝙷𝙾𝚄𝙶𝙷𝚃𝚂: This book is heavy on the sport of tennis, but the book truly is more than sports. I gained more knowledge about tennis, and I had to impress my husband with my terminology since he plays in a tennis league. 😆​​​​​​​​
I listened to this one on audiobook, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do as well! There is a lot of Spanish spoken by Carrie's father, which some of it did not translate. So that was the downside of the audiobook vs reading it on my @amazonkindle to translate. ​​​​​​​​
The little bit of romance in the book between Carrie and Bowe was perfect. (closed-door) I love Bowe so much, and I liked how we got to watch him grow as well. . I haven't read Malibu Rising yet, but I guess Carrie was in that book. Now I need to go back and read that one!​​​​​​​​
Oh and of course I cried. A lot. 😭😭😭 ​​​​​​​​
Thank you @prhaudio for the audiobook and @penguinrandomhouse @netgalley for the eARC. I am going to be doing a reread of it on my kindle in the near future!
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I have never watched a tennis match in my life, but I loved this book! It is so refreshing to read a book about a woman that doesn't center around a romantic relationship. Carrie is definitely a badass, but not always very likeable and, to be honest, I wasn't always rooting for her. But, I loved all the characters and really enjoyed the emotional journey she went on while trying to reach her goal. And the descriptions of the matches really keep you on edge. Reid was also spot on with the sports coverage, which was a fun part of the audiobook. Highly recommend!
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I have to start my review of Carrie Soto with the elephant in the room: why did TJR make Carrie Latinx? There’s the overall issue of if a white author should write someone of another ethnicity. Aside from that, almost nothing is done in the writing to show Carrie’s Latinx heritage, aside from having her and her dad speak Spanish. If anything, it often felt like TJR forgot she was Latinx- Carrie would regularly be in conversation with other women who were treated as minorities and seem to have no idea what it’s like to be a minority woman navigating the world of professional sports.

Outside of that, it took a looooong time for me to be invested in the story. Carrie is a one-dimensional character until late in the book when she finally starts getting some personality and emotion. It felt like the writing style I enjoy from TJR didn’t make an appearance until around 80%.
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Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy!

SO.. I have some mixed feelings on this book. I REALLY wanted to love it, as I love all of TJR’s books, but this one fell a little short for me (I know, I know, I am in the minority here). I think I still had a bad taste in my mouth regarding Carrie Soto from Malibu Rising. At the beginning of the book I was still seeing her as a selfish, entitled person. She did grow on me throughout to the point where I was rooting for her, but was also kind of ready for it all to just end. 

In this book you will follow Carrie as she decides to make a comeback to defend her record from a much younger cast of tennis players than when she retired. She reunites with her father, (WHO I LOVE), and ends up finding herself along the way. 

This is a great book for anyone who loves a story about redemption, self-discovery and even a little romance.
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED!!!! I cannot express my love for Carrie Soto Is Back! This was my fourth Taylor Jenkins Reid Andy far this was my absolute favorite! I am so into sports so the dialogue was A+ material! I was cheering along during all the matches and truly captivated!
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I was surprised how much I love the story. I didn't like Carrie Soto when she was in Malibu Rising, and I also don't care about tennis but oh talk about how I was sucked into this book immediately and started to root for Carrie. 

Look, Carrie is not an easy character to like, she's intense and deeply flawed, but I think that's how I can relate to her. The topic of trying to bridge the gap of who you used to be vs who you think you can still be really got me, and I think coming to terms with your failure is also something everyone can relate to but rarely think about. Carrie's relationship with her father is beautiful and touching, and the little bit of romance in there is also really sweet. 

Thank you NetGalley for the free e-arc in exchange for my honest review.
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This was my least favorite TJR I’ve read. It’s not to say I didn’t like it or enjoy it, I did. But man. I wish it focused a little less on the tennis and a little more on Carrie herself. This was the first time I finished a TJR and felt like I still didn’t really know the main character. It had all the other admirable qualities everyone loves about her writing but idk. Just didn’t love this one as much as the others.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid does not disappoint her fan base with her latest installment of her winning formula: a female star's struggles with fame, fortune, love, and loss. Following the buzzworthy revival of "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo", TJR reconnects with Carrie Soto, a peripheral character from "Malibu Rising". 

American tennis phenom, Carrie, was raised on the tennis court by her Argentinian American father and coach. Recovering from the death of Carrie's mother, they both suppress their grief on the tennis court and focus on honing Carrie's game to make her the best. After a successful career and endorsement deals, Carrie comes out of retirement to defend her record as the tennis player, male or female, with the most Grand Slam titles. 

The writing was solid, the story flowed, but Carrie and her father fell a little flat for me. There is a lot of Spanish dialogue between Carrie and her father, and I expected that to bring a richness to the characters, but instead, it rang hollow-- akin to the awkwardness of middle-aged sitcom writers trying to create dialogue for teenagers or characters from "the hood". Carrie Soto is a "Battle-Axe" of a "Bitch" (nicknames given to her by the media) and I'd expect her language to be bold and brash in the way Spanish speakers can deliver cutting wounds with just their words.

It was a big move for Taylor Jenkins Reid to tell a story about an Argentinian American tennis player. She did her homework on tennis, but failed to connect me with the experiences and struggles of gaining entry and acceptance in an elite sport where privilege and whiteness are expectations. I didn't feel like I was in Carrie Soto's head; instead, it was more like reading a biographer's fictionalized retelling of Carrie Soto's story.
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Absolutely loved this book and am not surprised because TJR can do no wrong in my book. While I wouldn't say this was my favorite of her books I still gave it 4 stars. Even though yes this book is heavily focused on tennis, it is also so much more than that. TJR knows how to draw you into a character's life and really make you feel like you know them. She dives deep into the inner workings of Carrie Sotos thoughts and mind which I loved. There is also some romance for those of you who like that aspect of some of TJR's books. I really recommend giving this a read and do not think you'll be disappointed. 

Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing / Ballantine for sharing this digital ARC of one of the most anticipated books of 2022 in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.
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My favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid book ever! Carrie was relatable, fearless, and a force to learn from. I have never tabbed a book so much.
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Guess who's back?! Taylor's back! Tell a friend. Not gonna lie I'll read anything TJR writes, but after her last book Malibu Rising being a tad underwhelming I was praying to the book gods that this one would be golden. You know what? I didn't need to be concerned. Carrie Soto is Back was unputdownable. I can't remember the last time I was so glued to a book that I devoured it in 24 hours. For those of you that think a book about tennis won't be your jam I implore you to read it anyway. My knowledge of tennis is minimal, but this book will have you cheering for Carrie.
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Another beautifully written novel by TJR! She yet again created an unforgettably strong and complex female character whose ups and downs through relationships and her tennis career kept me turning the pages. I would not normally be interested in a sport themed read however this was excellent. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for allowing me to read an electronic ARC copy in return for my honest review.
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Calling alllllllllll tennis players! Or, anyone wanting to learn tennis. Or, anyone who loves to watch tennis. 

This book is HEAVY on tennis. I’m biased because I’m borderline obsessed with the game, so I loved it. But, if you’re not into tennis - this book may not be for you. Tennis is arguably the main character and a solid 1/3 of the book reads like match commentary. I’d even venture to say, if you don’t play or otherwise understand the game of tennis, you might be a teeny bit lost. Maybe I’m wrong!  If you’re not into tennis and you loved this book, lemme know!

This book was released to the public a few days ago and the timing could not be more perfect!  There are many similarities between this story and Serena Williams’ history and retirement. 

Purposefully (I’d imagine), Carrie Soto is a difficult character to “like.”  She is singularly focused on winning, nearly to the point of destruction. I'm a competitive person, so I enjoyed this vivid aspect of competition. Carrie has a close bond with her father, a former tennis champion turned coach, but her ambition strains the bond. This father/daughter relationship plot line was one of my favorite aspects of the book as it’s very realistic in nature.

For all the TJR fans, there are several fun Easter eggs referencing her fictional universe within the story. 

I recommend to all the tennis fans!
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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 comeback. And she comes back with her father as her coach once again. As the story develops 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 😉
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carrie soto is for the overachievers, the perfectionists, and the girls who get told to chill but do twice as much just to prove the others wrong
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Carrie was an Argentinian tennis player that was well known from moment one. Her father bred her to be the best she could be. He taught her how to play tennis like no other was able to do. Tennis became her life. She was the best.... until she wasn't the best anymore. Once her records were beat, she decided it was time to get back into the game. Only this time, it wasn't as easy the second time around. Would she be able to reach what she set out to achieve? 

Taylor Jenkins Reid has a knack about her as she writes about specific characters. Every time I read one of her stories, I always feel like I need to google the person to see if the character is a real character. TJR has a way to make be believe in any character no matter what their goal is. I am not going to lie. I wanted to read this one from day one, but I was hesitant when I found out that there was so much tennis involved. I don't know much about tennis - well other than what I learned in my tennis elective I took one summer in college. After reading the first section, I knew I wasn't going to be able to put this book down. Carrie is not a likeable character, but she drew me in so much I forgot I didn't like her. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones. To me, this book had the same feel of connection with the character as those books did. 

Thank you to Netgalley for an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I always love a Taylor Jenkins Reid title, so I was anxiously awaiting this one. Candidly, when I started reading, I was annoyed to find it was about tennis, as I am the least sports-interested person alive. But by the end of the book (which I tore through in a day and a half), I found myself tuning into the US Open. Reid has an uncanny ability to write complicated women in a way that isn't trite or predictable. Her characters are fully-formed and flawed, much like real life. The ending was wrapped up a little more neatly than I'd have liked, but it's a fantastic read.
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