Book Review: Carrie Soto Is Back

It’s the week after Thanksgiving and I’m back with another book review! I was actually able to finish two books over the break, despite my seven month old being fussy for most of the time. This was the first book I finished, and I’ll write another post for the second book sometime soon.

Here’s the synopsis for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel: Carrie Soto is a tennis player with the record for most Grand Slams. But when a new tennis star Nicki Chan comes close to beating her record, Soto decides to come out of retirement to prove herself to be the world’s greatest tennis star – just like her father raised her.

I am a HUGE fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have enjoyed all of her books, if not absolutely loved them. This one did take me a little longer to get into, but once I did it was another Reid book that was hard to put down. I tend to read during my pumping sessions, so this book actually made me look forward to those!

I like how there were a few throwbacks to other Reid novels. Specifically, Daisy Jones and the Six and Malibu Rising. I didn’t realize until it was mentioned, but Carrie Soto is actually the “other woman” in Malibu Rising. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler because I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned pretty quickly in that book.) And Carrie ends up reading Daisy Jones in the Six at one point in this novel, which I found funny.

The fact that Carrie was briefly mentioned in Malibu Rising makes me wonder if Reid had her story in mind all along. Or maybe Carrie was a character that took hold of Reid and wouldn’t let go. As a writer myself, I have definitely had some characters do that! It was interesting to me that Reid wrote an entire novel about a character who was sort of hated in another book. Carrie really is an anti-hero even in this novel, because she’s not well-liked. But that’s why I ended up loving this book. She’s not the sweet, humble tennis star – she basically acts like a male tennis player and people hate her for it because she is a woman.

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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