Review: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have loved every one of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. All of her characters are so well crafted and so relatable, even when I have so little in common with them (I’m looking at you Daisy and Evelyn.) So I was a little worried about Carrie Soto.

While I enjoyed her cameo in MALIBU RISING, I didn’t immediately like Carrie and I was worried about the prospect of reading an entire book about a character I didn’t love that was also about a sport I had little interest in. As it turns out, I never should’ve doubted TJR’s writing talent, because I was hooked from the beginning and finished this book in just a few days. 

Yes, there is a lot of tennis. Like a lot. I know more about the game now than I ever thought I needed to know. And yes, Carrie Soto herself is a difficult character to love. She is arrogant and impulsive and treats people badly, but (and this is an important but) the author makes it so clear as to why she behaves the way she does, it made me feel for her and, yes, even root for her.

On the surface, CARRIE SOTO IS BACK appears to be about a tennis superstar trying to make a comeback, but at its heart, this story is about a woman who must reflect on her own past mistakes in order to build a future where she finally understands who she wants to be. Which is something I think we all can relate to.

This book is now available at book sellers everywhere. Learn more about the author HERE.

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