Title: The Singles Game
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Genre: Chick Lit
Series info: Standalone
New from the author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: it’s a match made in hell.
When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.
Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.
Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?
Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.
I picked this book up in a book fair only because it’s by the author who wrote The Devil Wears Prada. I haven’t read the book but I really liked the movie so I thought I’d give this a try.
The book follows Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, a singles tennis player, who injures herself and gets back into the game.
When it becomes apparent that her current coach cannot get her further than number 26 in ranking, she makes a pact with the devil of the tennis games to coach her. Todd Feltner wants to completely revamp her image from the “good girl” it has always been to “warrior princess”.
Soon Charlie gets caught up in the fame, and the success in her rankings, that she starts to forget her roots.
This book is the journey of a tennis player who, in the ambition to win a Grand Slam, starts to slowly lose herself.
My thoughts on the book
I did not know what to expect from this book because the blurb was pretty vague, not telling us what the book is really about. But I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the book is about the journey of Charlie Silver. It’s not romance, it’s just follows the most important time of Charlie’s life.
Charlie was a good main character. She is sweet, caring and is not cut-throat at all, at least as far as others know. She’s still bothered by her mother’s death and loves the sport to bits. Her dream is to win Grand Slam and she can push herself to any limits for it.
The book was most interesting when Charlie was undergoing an image change. I loved her new self in the beginning. She was confident, strong, determined and would not stop at anything to achieve her dreams.
What I did not like as much was the very quick wrap-up at the end. After so much detail and deliberation, the step-by-step following of Charlie’s life, the book ended suddenly with a LOT of changes mentioned in only one chapter.
I really wanted to know how the book ended for Charlie and we got just a chapter that was suddenly after a huge time-jump when a lot of things happened. After getting attached to Charlie, that was not good for me.
It’s a light-hearted chick lit book, perfect for reading when you want a good story but also not have too much feels because of it. It will be good as a vacation book or something to read on a lazy Sunday.
My rating: 3.5/5
What kind of books do you like more—character centered or plot centered?