Carrie Sotto is Back - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid books are in my guilty pleasure pile. It's wrong of me. Books do not always have to be full of impossibly long words and endings I don't understand to be good. All reading is good reading, right? I read the book in a day. Swept up on the tennis courts, the smell of grass and balls flying at a hundred-odd-miles an hour. The relationship between Carrie and her father is superbly drawn. I found Carrie's attitude to her success inspiring. I don't even like tennis, and I loved this book, that's how good it is. Perfect for rainy Sunday mornings in bed.
From the back:
By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed 20 Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach. But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning, British player named Nicki Chan. At 37 years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked the 'Battle-Axe' anyway. Even if her body doesn't move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever. In spite of it all: Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season. In this riveting and unforgettable novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells a story about the cost of greatness and a legendary athlete attempting a comeback.