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Published by Simon and Schuster on July 12th 2016
Narrator: Heather Lind
Genres: Chick Lit, Womens Fiction
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Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
The new novel from the New York Times best-selling 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 11 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, pause-resisting novel 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.
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Audiobook Review: 5+++ Stars
What an amazing book! I don’t even know how to start my review. I decided to listen to this audiobook because I loved The Devil Wears Prada, I’ve only watched the movie but the book has been in my TBR for a long time now, and I couldn’t let pass the opportunity to read the new book of this great author. I’m so happy to say that I’m 250% satisfied with what I read and listened to. The writing was exceptional, the plot was really entertaining—I should reconsider not being a fan of sports because this book kept me on edge with every tennis match—and the characters were amazing. The development of the story as well as the characters’ were not at all predictable which was what kept me listening and listening and for the last 6 hours I was stick to my phone, because everything was getting better and better.
The Singles Game tells the story of Charlie Silver, a professional tennis player who had a injury that put her out of an important competition and all the tournaments for the next six months, because her wrist and talon were highly damaged. After starting her rehab, she was told: “You can’t… You won’t…” but she was determined to be on Australia in six months and keep her professional career. In order to do that, she hired the best coach—the best but also an asshole, if you ask me—and he did what he promised: She’d be the best in and out of the tennis field. A lot of things happens during the year she worked with Todd: She got higher in the ranking of female player tennis, she got a secret—not so secret—affair with another sexy tennis player, she won and won and won more matches… But sadly not everything was good, her dad wasn’t a big fan of this new determined strategy and it caused some family drama, her relationship with the sexy Marco turned into scandalous and the jealousy of other players added more drama to the mix.
And the audiobook made this story more real to me. Heather Lind did an amazing job with her narration, speaking well paced—I listened to it in 1x speed and I didn’t felt the need to speed it up—doing all the different accents, having a different inflexion for every character and putting more emotion and excitement for the matches than they would have if I was only reading this book. Heather’s voice was perfect for Charlie, I could hear her determination when she was training, or playing or when she was being confronted by Todd or any of her opponents; I also could hear Charlie’s crush on Marco when things got a little serious with him <3 and several other emotions that I can’t mention here because they would be spoilers.
All in all, The Singles Game is an awesome book and the audiobook made it perfection. If you want a book about achieving goals, about making mistakes and learning from them, and about finding your true self, read/listen to The Singles Game.