📖 Novel of the Week: The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

To celebate the first day of 2018 Wimbledon Championships, here's my review and thoughts on a tennis-themed 2016 novel. 
It's a fast read, perfect for re-live all the emotions Wimbledon brings up when there're no matches or you're just relaxing on your day off.
Charlotte “Charlie” Silver is about to step on what is universally considered the church of modern tennis, Wimbledon's Centre Court, when a last minute problem forces her to change her shoes and wear someone's else's...leading to an inevitable loss (it's well known that tennis players are athletes with lots of ticks and superstitions) as well as to a terrible injury that threats Charlie's very recent career in professional circuits.
But she's determined to make a huge come back for the Australian Open and to do so she fires her longtime coach and gets in touch with notorious top players coach, Todd Feltner. He's no joke: he sees Charlie's potential and accepts to train her, but on one condition: the change is not going to be only on the court, but off as well, meaning a whole new image for ol' sweet Charlie.

New everything: new training partern, a PR agency is hired to schedule interviews and social events, new training program and of course, new look...say goodbye to America sweetheart and hello to an updated and more aggressive version of Charlie.

As the first results start to show, also Charlie's love life gets some improvements, but the hiking to rank's top is filled with ostacles and opponents ready to do anything to get there.

👍👎My Thoughts
When I started this book I was actually more into the tennis background setting rather than the story itself, but I have to say that I kind of like it...It felt like talking with a tennis fan: the protagonist is virtually new to the jet set and the change of image makes her more desirable for interviews, sponsorships and VIP events invitations, so everywhere she goes she's amazed by the luxury and the level of organization she finds.

Charlotte is often on the edge between doing what would be the boost to her career and the moral teaches she grew up with and, whether sometimes I would have opt for a bit of selfishness, at the end of the day she's a good girl and will achieve her goals no matter what!

My vote: 7/10

My other Wimbledon posts HERE and HERE
Borg/McEnroe movie review HERE

Ph: webbookstore.online

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