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Published by Simon & Schuster on July 12, 2016
Genres: Domestic Life, Family Life, Sports
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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.
I have all five of Lauren Weisberger’s previous books, so when I heard about The Singles Game, I knew I must read it. She has a way of making characters come alive and you can feel what they feel and see what they see and I couldn’t wait to experience that again. Charlotte “Charlie” Silver is the quintessential good girl on the tennis circuit. Her image is squeaky clean and she knows that it has pigeonholed her. She hires a new coach, Todd Feltner, who begins to change everything about her. From her outward appearance to a new ruthless playing style, Charlie has to navigate a new world.
You can tell that Lauren Weisberger spent time researching the tennis circuit and I enjoyed the look into a sport I have never really cared about before. The writing was crisp and the banter between characters was fantastic. I will say that this is not Weisberger’s strongest book, however it was still extremely enjoyable. The characters were very real as was the world the story took place in.
All in all, I liked The Singles Game. It was a fun read that managed to surprise me in the end. I particularity liked the chance to see someone become exactly who they want to be and then question if it was worth it.
Favorite lines – “Are you the one, Charlotte Silver? Do you have the taste for blood? Or are you happy to flounce from court to court in your little white tennis skirt with your cutesy braids and smile so big and wide that everyone just adores you?”
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
Published by Ballantine Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Domestic Life, Contemporary, Medical
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A dedicated nurse, Stella finds comfort at the hospice where she works the late shift, especially since her husband returned from Afghanistan—cold, distant, and shattered by painful memories he refuses to share. The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a perplexed husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed.
Suddenly Stella is faced with a dilemma: A woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before. The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule—and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate.
Navigating passion and grief, loyalty and loss, and a marriage threatened by silence and secrets, Stella discovers that letters hold a special power: granting solace, saving memories, nurturing relationships. As the words endure, love redeems.
I first discovered Rowen Coleman with her book The Accidental Mother back in 2005. I loved it and I got a few of her books. Then she kindof fell off of my radar and I haven’t read a book of hers in about five years. I loved the sound of We Are All Made of Stars and I knew that I needed to read her again. The story revolves around a hospice, the patients within and in particular a nurse named Stella. Stella personal life was been forever altered since her husband came back injured from his military service. She pours her time into her work and helps those she cares for write final letters to their loved ones.
This was a very emotional read as it focuses on people in their final days. Stella was a fantastic character who had a great blend of heart, hope and moxie. The emotions ran high in the read and I could picture the world the story took place in.
We Are All Made of Stars is not a cute or quick read, but if you are looking for a tale with giant emotional payoff, this is the one. Coleman was able to blend life, death, and love in a true and clear voice.
Favorite lines – Time moves slowly and quickly at the very same time, racing and stretching, boring and terrifying and you can live you whole life with the idea of mortality, that one day, it will be the last day, and still never really know or care what it means. Not until the last day arrives, that is.
Have you read We Are All Made of Stars, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge