Bestseller Weisberger (Revenge Wears Prada, 2013, etc.) follows her formula of launching a naïve young woman into uncharted territory.
After a devastating injury at Wimbledon, tennis pro Charlotte “Charlie” Silver knows she needs a major change if she wants to take her career to the next level. Known for her squeaky-clean and always-polite image, Charlie doesn’t argue when the Wimbledon officials deem her sneakers in violation of their strict uniform standards. At the last minute, she's forced to scramble and play one of the biggest matches of her life in someone else’s shoes, resulting in a fall that injures both her wrist and her Achilles tendon. As she heals, she knows she'll have to fire her good friend and sweetheart of a coach, Marcy, and sets her sights on Todd Feltner, a tough men’s coach known for his brash attitude and cultivation of champions. Todd not only overhauls Charlie’s training and fitness regimen, barking at her if she even glances at a cup of coffee or a simple carbohydrate, but he makes over her image as well. Gone is good-girl Charlie with her bright outfits and ribbon woven through her cheery braid. After all, did she really work her whole life to settle for being “the twenty-third best female tennis player on earth”? Rebranded and restyled as the “Warrior Princess,” she feels fierce in her all-black tennis garb. Todd even goes so far as to help orchestrate a steamy romance with tennis champion Marco Vallejo, giving plenty of fodder to the press. While Charlie’s tennis game definitely improves, she struggles with some of the nastier aspects of her new life.
While it lacks the bite of Weisberger’s beloved The Devil Wears Prada, this is still a fun, fast-paced read filled with well-crafted and memorable characters.