A review by booksalacarte
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

challenging emotional funny informative inspiring lighthearted reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


5⭐️ 2🌶️

Professional Athlete
Loving the dream
Older MC’s (mid-late 30’s)
Unapologetic female elite athlete
Second chance Romance
Biggest fan parent
Single father 
Self discovery/rediscovery

Did I know anything about tennis before reading this book? Absolutely not. 

Do I know anything after reading?….. maybe? I could probably watch it and not be bored now.

Did I love this book? Yes. Yesyesyes.

The structure was so interesting! TJR never fails to set books up to be structurally interesting in a way that enhances the story. Having the FMC’s POV broken up by sportscasters commentary about her game and competition was an awesome way to build tension and get the feel of the nature and stakes of the story.

I always love TJR’s Easter eggs for her other books. That they all live in this alternative universe together. 

Carrie was an unapologetic, hard as nails, powerhouse of a character and I loved every second of balancing on the edge of her sarcasm and intensity while her inner monologue showed us exactly how insecure she is. It made her superhuman abilities more human.

The romance in the book was so interesting in how it was presented as iron sharpening iron. Both were so flawed and watching things develop was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Carrie’s relationship with her father was so beautiful and my favorite thing about the book. It was dynamic, full of ups and downs, heartbreaking. I was fully invested. The grief represented in the book was so well done. I found myself adoring her father which made the arc of the story so amazing.

This is a favorite. But TJR’s books always are for me.

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