Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Hi, my name is Rya. I am a sophomore and I enjoy reading, swimming and traveling.
Her whole life, Carrie Soto has only had one goal: be the absolute best tennis player in the world. Not just the one with the most wins, or the most impressive serve, or the fastest hit. Carrie wants to be the best, as measured by any and every metric. When Carrie Soto wins her twentieth Grand Slam, after breaking plenty of other world records, it seems that her dream is finally realized.
But five years later, after Carrie has retired, a new player, Nicki Chan, is becoming well known. When Nicki ties Carrie’s Grand Slam record, Carrie decides to come out of retirement to defend it. Carrie knows that if she beats Nicki, she will be crowned a champion once again. But if she can’t, she’ll only be pitied.
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a novel about value and deciding what is worth fighting for, portrayed through the lens of tennis. However, there seemed to be more talk about the actual game of tennis than any of the life lessons that the author attempted to convey. The detailing of matches and technique also made for lots of tennis terminology that would not be particularly interesting to non-tennis players like me. However, Reid still managed to create tension and excitement surrounding the competition, which is why I think that the target audience for this book is mainly competitive athletes, and if you are one, this book is definitely for you!