Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2022
10 hours 30 minutes
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An epic adventure about a female athlete perhaps past her prime, brought back to the tennis court for one last grand slam” (Elle), from the author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“A heart-filled novel about an iconic and persevering father and daughter.”—Time

“Gorgeous. The kind of sharp, smart, potent book you have to set aside every few pages just to catch your breath. I’ll take a piece of Carrie Soto forward with me in life and be a little better for it.”—Emily Henry, author of Book Lovers and Beach Read

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, NPR, PopSugar, Glamour, Reader’s Digest

Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father, Javier, as her coach. A former champion himself, Javier has trained her since the age of two.

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 player named Nicki Chan.

At thirty-seven 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 her most vulnerable, emotional story yet.
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Simone L.

This book was absolutely terrible. Beyond disappointing. I have no idea how it got good reviews. I liked her other books but this one was horrible. Main character is negative. The narrators voices are annoying. And the story line is incredibly boring. It’s like listening to a narrated tennis match about a negative person. I kept listening thinking it would get better bc her other books are good but let the record show — it did not get better. Don’t waste your time!

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Overall a good story well narrated. I just wish I had liked the character of Carrie a bit more. While she mellowed at the end and finally figured things out she was just so annoying for 3/4 of the book.

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Sabrina J.

story line was great, main character is negative, bully, obnoxious but I guess that was the point so she would soften at the end, but that never happened.

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Erin Z.

Loved it! Such great storytelling.

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Natalie T.

I am so confused by the 5 star reviews. I really like TJR. But this lead character is so unlikeable. I have 3 hours left and I CANNOT finish it. The story line is redundant. Carrie is emotionally, stunted and narcissistic. I have never disliked a character more.

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Kirsten A.

I love all of this author’s books, but this one was a big disappointment. I didn’t appreciate the language, and being very knowledgeable about the tennis world, I found the descriptions of tennis matches very tedious. It was too predictable, and not well written. The main character was hard to like, in fact she was awful. I would not recommend this book

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Diana H.

Really enjoyed this. For someone who never follows tennis beyond the basic media posts, it really pulls you in with Carrie’s personality and other characters driving her competitive edge.

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Natalie H.

Probably second to Evelyn Hugo. Loved this book.

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Jennifer B.

This one took me some time to get into, but it was worth it in the end. Taylor Jenkins Reid has a way of writing such complex characters that your find yourself loving and hating them at the same time. By the end, you’re fully invested in their success. This was no different. It ended a little abruptly, but by then you already know how things will shake out.

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