Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Review: The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada—a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court.

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.

Review: This books drops you right in the middle of the action. We meet Charlie straight away and find out that she is about to go and play a match at Wimbledon, but there's a problem. This book therefore hooks you in right from the  word go and I defy anyone to be able to resist reading on after that start! I really loved the drama that this book contained, and there is a lot of it, there is never a dull moment and it makes for a real page turner because of that. IF you are familiar with this author's other books then you will know how well she writes drama but the storyline for this one has the potential to be a little duller, especially if you are not into tennis (like me) but she keeps you reading and gasping and then reading some more. 

I thought I might not be able to get along with Charlie as a character. She is young tennis superstar. I'm not that into reading about characters who are entitled in some way and I really don't know anything about tennis, but I really got to know her because she has strong morals and values and maintains strong relationships with her friends and family, despite her fame and hectic travel schedule. I rally enjoyed meeting the other characters in the book. They are all fairly extreme characters and so they were definitely easy to picture and easy to assign roles within the story. 

Obviously this story deals with tennis and I really don't know a lot about tennis and neither do I really care about it. This book, though, taught me a lot about it and about the dramas behind each and every grand slam. I didn't know I wanted to know those things about it but because it is all wrapped up so neatly within this storyline, you don't even realise you are following tennis at the same time-how great is that? This book is about so much more than tennis. It is about what happens when you grow up and change but your world doesn't. About relationships, about goals and ambitions. I love this author and so I knew I would probably like this book but I enjoyed every moment of this book and it is definitely one to add to your summer TBR!

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