Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review: The Singles Game by Lauren Weisburger

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.

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.


My Thoughts 
I wasn't sure what to think at first being that I am not a tennis person per say.  The beginning was a little slow to get started but once I was into the story I loved it!  Tennis is the background but the story line of Miss Charlie Silver is full of life, sadness, loneliness, craziness, and love all rolled into one!  

Charlie on the outside seems to have it all - a father who loves her, a brother who will do anything for her, a coach that has been with Charlie for over 10 years and has filled her motherly role she was missing when he mother passed and a few guys that you will love to meet!

Charlie gets injured, her career may be over, what does she do?  She rehabs and decides she needs a whole new career focus - she is determined to get back to the top and win a Grand Slam!  Can she do it after such an accident?  Well, her current coach was hesitant so Charlie decided to find a new coach - the craziest of them all - Todd Feltner.  He's known to be one of the worst people to work for - his bedside manner is not there, his manners are deplorable and he doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks or feels about him and his coaching  style.  Not all are happy with Charlie's decision - first being her father.  He fears that she has sold her sole to the devil - has she?

Charlie has also been carrying on a secret affair so to speak - with Marco Vallejo - it's more like a "bootie call" if you ask me but I think Charlie is hoping for more.  Will they go public?  Will it be good for her career?  

So many changes are taking place right now - a new coaching style, an image overhaul, just to name a few.

Grab a glass of wine or 3, and sit back and enjoy the fast paced  tennis super story that Lauren has created, you will not be disappointed!

Wine Selection 
My personal favorite summer wine is White Cat by Hazlitt!  It's delicious!  It hits the spot on a hot summer day!
Rating 
I give this fun summer romp through the world of tennis 4 wine glasses!  I enjoyed the story and couldn't wait to see what happened at the end!  Pick up your copy today!