Release date: July 12, 2016
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.
Lauren Weisberger’s novel brings us exclusive behind-the-scenes details from all the Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open, the French Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. Charlie Silver jets around the globe, plays charity matches aboard Mediterranean megayachts, models in photo shoots on Caribbean beaches, walks the red carpet at legendary player parties, and sidesteps looming scandals—all while trying to keep her eyes on the real prize. In this sexy, unputdownable read about young tennis stars who train relentlessly to compete at the highest levels while living in a world obsessed with good looks and Instagram followers, Charlie must discover the secret to having it all—or finally shatter the illusion for good.
This will one of the best summer reads, I’m calling it now. It has all the required elements; drama, gorgeous and wealthy characters, sex, gossip, and exotic locations. It’s literally the perfect beach/vacation read. I’m almost a little mad at myself for not waiting to read it until I go on vacation next week.
Charlie is such a fun character. She’s smart, spunky, like able, hip and fun. Yes, she’s serious about tennis. She’s a high level competitive athlete after all. But she’s more than stoic, fierce and determined. I basically want to be Charlie. Except without the intense training she does. It’s insane. I loved the peek into the life of a high profile professional female athlete. It was fascinating to read about all the time, blood, sweat and tears that are necessary to perform at the top levels of the world. On top of the physical demands, Charlie had to battle her way to the top while facing sexism and downright bitchy,catty and cutthroat fellow women pros.
The book follows one of the toughest years in Charlie’s life. She seriously injured herself during a match at Wimbledon and the story continues as she strives to make her comeback. While tennis is the primary focus, you also get a tantalizing glimpse into A list parties and events full of delicious and egocentric characters. There’s Natalya, Charlie’s biggest rival who takes bitchiness to a whole new level, Marco the playboy men’s tennis champ who has spicy and sexy scenes with Charlie, Jack, Charlie’s brother and manager, Todd, her new coach who is insanely intense and who pushes Charlie to the brink on and off the court,Dan, her hot new training partner, and finally Charlie’s dad. There are some sweet and totally relatable scenes between the two that bring a tenderness to the book.
If you want a light, fun, scandalous and sexy read this summer, pre order this one.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Schuster for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.