The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 7/12/16.
Summary from Goodreads:
Charlotte “Charlie” Silver has always been a good girl. She excelled at tennis early, coached by her father, a former player himself, and soon became one of the top juniors in the world. When she leaves UCLA—and breaks her boyfriend’s heart—to turn pro, Charlie joins the world’s best athletes who travel eleven months a year, competing without mercy for Grand Slam titles and Page Six headlines.
After Charlie suffers a disastrous loss and injury on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, she fires her longtime coach and hires Todd Feltner, a legend of the men’s tour, who is famous for grooming champions. Charlie is his first-ever female player, and he will not let her forget it. He is determined to change her good-girl image—both on the court and off—and transform her into a ruthless competitor who will not only win matches and climb the rankings, but also score magazine covers and seven-figure endorsement deals. Her not-so-secret affair with the hottest male player in the world, sexy Spaniard Marco Vallejo, has people whispering, and it seems like only a matter of time before the tabloids and gossip blogs close in on all the juicy details. Charlie’s ascension to the social throne parallels her rising rank on the women’s tour—but at a major price.
Let me start by saying that I love this author, I have read all of her books since I first read The Devil Wears Prada and have enjoyed them all. I was excited to get approved for this one, and then I realized it was about tennis…which is something I am not remotely interested in. BUT, like any good author can do, Lauren made me interested in something that I normally wouldn’t be. I also learned a lot about the game of tennis, and it’s always fun to learn something new!
I love Charlie’s character and found her struggles relatable, even though I’m nothing close to being an athlete. I also liked the “Hollywood” factor that was involved in the story–gossip, affairs, and all. I also really liked Charlie’s brother, Jake, throughout the story and found myself rooting for him to find a happy relationship. I hated Marco, but could understand why Charlie was drawn to him–we all like the bad boy that everyone else wants sometimes.
Overall, I just really enjoy this author’s writing style: sometimes snarky and always entertaining. I am wondering if there will be a follow-up book…I would definitely be open to reading it if so. Another great read by an already great author! I will recommend to friends and family.
My rating: 5/5