far would you go to make it to the top of your sport? Charlie Silver
was ranked 23rd before an injury at Wimbledon sidelined her. Is she
willing to put her entire life in the hands of a famous coach, in the
hopes of upping her world standings?
It wasn't every day a middle-aged woman wearing a neat bun and a purple polyester suit directed you to lift your skirt. The woman's voice was clipped. British proper. All business.—The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster, 2016, p. 1)
After glancing at her coach, Marcy, Charlie lifted the edges of her pleated white skirt and waited.
- Setting: contemporary times; various places, on and off the tennis court
- Circumstances: After recovering from an injury, Charlie
Silver is determined to hit the women's single tennis circuit with all
she's got and with the help of her new coach, Todd, known for his tough
stance on training. Will diets, makeovers, high-profile PR, and court
time take Charlie to the top of competitive tennis or to the depths of
- Genre: contemporary general fiction; summer escape reading; pre-Olympics read
- Themes: finding out what's important in life; inside look at competitive/elite tennis
- Characters: Charlotte (Charlie) Silver, professional tennis player; Marcy, her friend and original coach; Todd, her new coach; Marco, her love interest; various other people in Charlie's personal and professional life
- Why I want to read it: I like to watch tennis, and between this month's Wimbledon tournament and the up-coming summer Olympics, I'm in the mood to pick up a novel set in the tennis world. The Singles Game looks like a fun way to learn more about the sport. Reviewers have commented on the good pacing, believable characters, fun romance, and interesting details about tennis.
- Something to know: Author Weisberger also wrote The Devil Wears Prada